2009 JERRY GARCIA AWARD
Project Avary improves life outcomes for children with parents in prison. Children with incarcerated parents are highly at-risk youth who, through no fault of their own, face daunting life challenges. Long-term guidance and training helps children develop emotional, social, and life skills that are essential for growing into healthy young adults.
Project Avary has been working with children of incarcerated parents for over two decades and are national leaders in supporting children with incarcerated parents. It began as a Bay Area summer camp in 1999 and has evolved into an extensive year-round leadership program that now serves children from across the country through its leadership programs, including its Bay Area-based leadership program , national online leadership program, and mentoring programs.
In memory of Grateful Dead guitarist and founding Rex board member Jerry Garcia, this award is designed to honor and support individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people.