Award recipients

recognizing those who inspire

Th­­e Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women, ages 14 to 17, who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are of particular interest.

2017 VR winner Amaya

Amaya Kilinski

Organization: Girl Talk, Inc.

$1,000 award

Girl Talk, Inc. is an international, non-profit that creates peer-to-peer mentoring relationships between high school and middle school girls. As a group leader, Amaya is tasked with helping local girls build their self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service.


The Live your Dream Award is to assist women who are overcoming personal difficulties and who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

2017 SLYDA winner Sarah

Sarah Liedel

$5,000 award

Sarah has been faced with challenge after challenge throughout her life including financial and personal hardships, the release said. Despite her situation, Sarah has managed to make a safe place for her children, is working and is going to school on and off to become a parole officer. Sarah wishes to change the life course of young people and help them become vital members of the community.

Please click on the following link to read the Saratogian article regarding our Awards and Funds Distribution event held in April 2017.