The Phoenix Outstanding Achievement Awards & Scholarships are given to former ForKids clients who have shown remarkable tenacity and courage to overcome significant personal challenges and have broken their cycles of homelessness and poverty.
The Children’s Champion Award is reserved for an individual or organization who has made specific, measurable contributions to improving the lives of children living in homelessness and poverty. The honoree is selected based on their work at the local, state or national level.
2017 Phoenix Achievement Award Honorees
2017 Children's Champion
The Community of South Norfolk, before becoming a borough of the City of Chesapeake, was an independent city with its own mayor, police, fire departments, public library and school system. In the 1920s, streetcars ran from Ocean View in Norfolk to South Norfolk. In 1963, South Norfolk merged with Norfolk County to form Chesapeake. This was a turning point for the community as tax dollars and residents went to developing areas, businesses closed, and South Norfolk’s busy Poindexter Street grew quiet. Today’s residents of South Norfolk, determined to return their historic
community to its Glory Days, have accomplished much: a new streetscape with historic streetlights, popular community events, a new library and newly developed housing. Forward thinking and focused on community transformation, the Community of South Norfolk embraced ForKids and the new Center for Children and Families. They worked tirelessly to gain City Council approval for the sale of land to ForKids and succeeded. Their vision and courageous leadership speak to the community’s formidable will and their dedication to changing their community for the better.