Paula Yost Receives 2024 Karen Ponder Award

Congratulations to Paula Yost for receiving the 2024 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award!

Presented during the Smart Start Conference in Greensboro in May 2024, the award was accepted on Paula's behalf by Ann Benfield, Executive Director of the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children. A local ceremony for Paula will take place later this year with special recognition from President of Smart Start, Amy Cubbage.

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The Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award was created in honor of Karen W. Ponder, the first president of NCPC and is presented annually to one local partnership nominee. All 100 NC counties are eligible to submit nominations but only one recipient is selected. This award recognizes exceptional leadership which has resulted in bettering the lives of young children and families across North Carolina. It recognizes the contribution of community volunteers (advocates, civic leaders, faith leaders, etc.). Nominees must exemplify a passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families and have the ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.

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