Author: Julie Borths

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Reflection on ProKids Case Wins Local Student National Award


Hannah Kemble, a senior at Mother of Mercy High School who is planning to attend The Ohio State University next year,  recently received a Scholastic Art & Writing award in the personal essay/memoir category. She won an honorable mention for “In Different Shoes” based on her experience playing the role of Samantha in the 2015 Friends

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Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Celebrates ProKids, Volunteer


Jose Nine, a ProKids volunteer who has served dozens of children, was named Su Casa Hispanic Ministry’s Padrino of Unaccompanied Minors at the Catholic Charities event April 20. The organization also recognized ProKids itself as its Organization of the Year. ProKids has been asked by Hamilton County Juvenile Court to advocate for unaccompanied minors, often

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Hamilton County Surplus Should Go to Kids


On Sunday, April 24, the Editorial Board of the Cincinnati Enquirer published this editorial reinforcing Su Randall’s op-ed, re-printed below. From the April 12, 2016, Cincinnati Enquirer By Su Randall, a resident of Anderson Township who has been a ProKids Court Appointed Special Advocate for six years. She also sent this letter to the Hamilton County

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Suds Support Endowment Effort


With a beer custom-brewed to remember her and a cause that lives on in her memory, Charitable Suds at Rhinegeist Brewery celebrated the  life of Amy Merrell and helped build the first ProKids endowment. Amy died in Februrary 2015 and had been a founder of the brewery, among her other contributions in Greater Cincinnati. The endowment was [...]

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Event Brews Support for Endowment


ProKids is celebrating its first endowment, the Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment, at a special Charitable Suds event on Thursday, March 10, at Rhinegeist Brewery. The endowment was created by Elizabeth “Liz” Ricci in honor of her sister, Amy Merrell, after Merrell died in early 2015. Merrell was a friend of Rhinegeist as well

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Child Protection System Gathers to Consider ‘Power of Perspective’


Through the efforts of the Hamilton County Virtual Academy and the Inclusion & Diversity Committee of ProKids, Charles Noble of the Kirwan Institute  spoke to about 100 members of the Hamilton County child protection system on Feb. 18, asking profound and provocative questions about how racial disparity and opportunity framing can impact front-line work with our [...]

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ProKids Featured on WVXU


There are 2,700 children in the Hamilton County child protection system, still susceptible to abuse and neglect and often moving from home to home and school to school. Executive Director Tracy Cook along with CASA Volunteers Cameron Laue and Wynndel Watts joined WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition Host Mark Heyne to discuss how Greater Cincinnati’s men and

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A Wish for Peace in 2016


  Every day, ProKids works to change the cycle of violence in Greater Cincinnati families. By making sure children are in safe, secure homes, we can not only change those lives — we change the lives of the next generation. Samantha grew up surrounded by every kind of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual. Those who were

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