#MyComYVA2019: Our Winners & Honorees

Every child and young adult deserves to believe “you matter.” To believe who they are-matters, what they do-matters, what they think-matters, what they say-matters, and who they want to become-matters.

At MyCom, we BELIEVE every child and young adult was created to be SIGNIFICANT.

Each one of them MATTER.

Each year, the MyCom Youth Voice Awards gives members of our community an opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations who have made a significant, positive impact for children and young adults. Nominations are accepted in the categories of Community Service, Civic Involvement, Arts, Advocacy, Youth Engagement & Youth Employment. This year, we are also including a special award specific to our theme of You Matter.

MyCom Lifetime Legacy Award: Billie Osborne-Fears of Starting Point

Billie Osborne-Fears

Billie Osborne-Fears is the founding Executive Director of Starting Point for Child Care and Early Education, which is the Community Based Child Care/Early Education Resource and Referral Agency, serving four counties in Ohio (Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake).  She received a Master of Social Science Administration Degree from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Applied Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s of Science in Child/Family and Community Services from Bowling Green State University.

Ms. Osborne-Fears’ background consists of over forty years of employment in the early care and education, and social service arena, ranging from Head Start, Child Care to Youth Services.

She serves on numerous boards and committees such as Cuyahoga County’s Family and Children First Council as Co-Chair,  MYCOM Lead Agencies Committee, SYTE Cleveland – Early Childhood Committee, Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association’s Board of Directors, Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children’s Systems Committee, Cleveland Early Childhood Compact, Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Education Partnership Council, Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) – Cleveland Chapter Advisory Board, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County – Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Committee, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County – Whole Child Matters Committee and United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Council of Agency Executives.

The Lifetime Legacy award of the MyCom Youth Voice Awards is given to an individual who has dedicated their career to promoting positive youth development efforts and a youth voice to be heard in our community.
Billie Osborne-Fears was selected as the recipient this year because of her continuing support of the MyCom concept and efforts since its inception which was built on a foundation of positive youth development, in a coordinated effort, and ensuring a youth voice was included in the concept design and implementation.
Billie has continued to push for quality youth programming across the out of school time providers and advocated for both funding and support to ensure all children and young adults have access to quality out of school time programming.
She is a proven leader in the youth development community, highly respected by her peers and staff, a mentor to many, and tireless in her capacity to care for children and young adults.

MyCom Champion Award: John Lisy of the Shaker Heights Youth Center

John Lisy

He is the Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The Center received the Exemplary Prevention Award from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services three times. He has been a part of the MyCom movement from its inception and has actively helped build and nurture youth serving coalitions in the Shaker community.

John serves on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and is currently the Chair of the Treatment Committee.

He was awarded the Advocate of the Year for 2005 by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors at their Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. He has served the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors as Secretary, Treasurer, Mid Central Regional Vice President and is currently a member of the Public Policy Committee.

John has served in many community programs assuming leadership positions.  His involvement in the Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addictions Counselors includes the Presidency, State Legislator Chair, and the recipient of the August Martin Meuli Humanitarian Award.  John was a founding member and of the Coalition for Chemical Dependency Licensure. He chaired the Ohio Alcohol and Drug Policy Alliance. He has been a participant in Leadership Ohio and was the Chair of the Social Welfare in Jamaica Conference; a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the University of the West Indies.   He coordinated the Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Development Project in Ohio for the Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC).

He has a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervision, an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervising and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor– Supervising.

John was selected for the 2019 MyCom Champion Award for his lifetime career of helping children and young adults through his advocacy efforts and “championing” their needs for the greater good.

John has been a leader in the MyCom Shaker Heights community since the inception of the MyCom Youth Development Network and continues to work alongside the staff at the Shaker Heights Youth Center to ensure the needs of children and young adults are understood and taken care of.

And the winners are:

MyCom Logo Design Winner: Jamal Gibson

Youth Community Service Award:

  • Derick Barnes: MyCom Alumni from East Cleveland
  • Dar’riel Taylor: MyCom Youth from Central

Youth Civic Involvement Award:

  • Kahiel Wilson: MyCom Youth from Shaker Heights

Youth Arts Award:

  • De’Erik Johnson: MyCom Youth from Shaker Heights
  • Felix Latimer: MyCom Youth from Clark Fulton

You Matter Award:

  • Michael Hollins from Maple Heights

Network Agency Award for Advocacy:

  • Food Strong

Network Agency Award for Youth Engagement:

  • City Life Center

Network Agency for Youth Employment:

  • Famicos Foundation