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Leader Honored by YWCA


ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook will be honored at the Duke Energy Convention Center on May 9 as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

Tracy, who has a persistent need to make things better for abused and neglected children, has made a mark on our community not only for her work directly through ProKids but as a collaborator with others who share the same goal.

“It is true that to gain influence, we have to allow ourselves to be influenced,” Tracy says. “Learning from others is key.”

Tracy began at ProKids as a CASA Volunteer in 1992 and joined the staff as an attorney a year later. “Since then, I have had the privilege of advocating on behalf of our children, alongside our volunteers and co-workers,” Tracy said. “Despite this long history, it still stuns me the ways children are beaten, assaulted, and neglected. However, it never ceases to amaze me all the ways our volunteers, staff, and partners in child protection stand up, speak out, and change the arc of children’s lives.”

Tracy hopes that the recognition of this honor will inspire others to join ProKids as our community continues to experience record-setting growth in the number of children who need CASA Volunteers.

Read more about Tracy and the other honorees here.