IOW Volunteer Scott Budnick Honored
On May 2nd, Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy honored longtime IOW volunteer teacher and former Board member, Scott Budnick, at its 2nd Annual Sister Janet Harris Juvenile Advocate Award Reception. The award is named after IOW co-founder and guiding spirit Sister Janet Harris.
Scott and fellow honoree Elizabeth Calvin, a Senior Advocate for the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, were celebrated for their work on behalf of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas joined in the festivities presenting Scott with a commendation acknowledging his “dedicated service to the affairs of the community.”
On July 31st, Scott’s advocacy work and his mentorship of hundreds, if not thousands, of young people, were further lauded when he was named the 2012 California Governor’s Volunteer of the Year. Scott’s contributions to IOW, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), the state’s Youthful Offender Program, California Polytechnic University’s Prison Education Program and the Prison Art Program, among others, were recognized.
Joining Scott on stage were several alumni who have benefited from Scott’s guiding hand, persistence and fearlessness. They shared touching accounts of how Scott has helped them transform their lives – both during and following their incarceration.
Congratulations Scott on your well-deserved recognition! You are an inspiration to us all!