Putzulu is certainly one of 11 ladies honored by the Florida Fee on the Standing of Ladies—and
the one Tampa Bay resident.
(PINELLAS COUNTY, FL) – The Board and govt management of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) are proud to announce that The Florida Fee on the Standing of Ladies (the Fee) honored JWB Director of Strategic Communications April Putzulu with its Spirit of Neighborhood Award throughout a particular ceremony in Orlando on June 28, 2023.
Eleven ladies throughout the state of Florida had been acknowledged, however Putzulu is the one Tampa Bay honoree.
The Fee is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991, with a mandate to review and make suggestions to the Governor, Cupboard, and Legislature on points affecting ladies. The Fee’s mission is to lift consciousness of and have a good time the contributions and successes of ladies and ladies. The Spirit of Neighborhood Awards acknowledge meritorious ladies and men who’ve improved the lives of ladies of Florida and have served as constructive position fashions for ladies and ladies of their group.
In keeping with the Fee, “The award honors the hometown heroes who go above and past to serve their communities, and the recipients are the embodiment of devoted group service. Every day these extraordinary Floridians mentor kids, advocate for ladies and households in want, empower and encourage our youth – briefly, they present up and serve to and enrich the lives of their fellow Floridians.”
JWB CEO Beth Houghton stated, “April Putzulu has devoted her life to service. Whereas the world’s issues are certainly nice, her want to enhance the lives of others is much larger. She doesn’t see the obstacles that overwhelm most however eyes alternatives to enhance the lives of others.
She was as soon as described to me by a peer as ‘somebody whose coronary heart makes it occur.’ I couldn’t agree extra. We’re proud to have April at JWB—and to have a good time this nice honor together with her.”
The Fee’s award shines a highlight on Putzulu’s 36 years of service to Florida’s kids and households and her ardour for growing artistic prevention packages and campaigns—lots of which stay in existence as we speak.
Putzulu’s profession has centered on kids and youth; first as a probation officer with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and later with Operation PAR main substance prevention packages, which resulted in two Nationwide Protected & Drug Free Faculties designations. Subsequent, motivated by her perception that every one kids ought to have alternatives, April oversaw the strategic work of DJJ Boards and Councils that led to new Teen Courtroom packages and the primary PACE Facilities for Women in Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Shifting from delinquency to youngster welfare, April has additionally served as a connector of individuals and concepts. She was instrumental in forging a relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays, Rays pitcher James Shields, and his spouse Ryane to type the Large Recreation James Membership, giving lots of of foster kids the chance to attend main league baseball video games every year.
Captivated with discovering eternally houses for foster kids, she led efforts to create the Coronary heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, and partnered with the media on function tales, together with the viral piece by Tampa Bay Instances’ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lane DeGregory about 16-year-old Davion who needed “somebody, anybody” to undertake him.
As JWB’s Director of Strategic Communications, Putzulu continues to alter the lives of youngsters and households in Pinellas County. During the last decade she has considerably expanded JWB’s main public training and consciousness campaigns. She created the Sleep Child Safely marketing campaign geared toward defending infants from sleep-related suffocation. The marketing campaign has decreased the variety of toddler deaths in Pinellas County by half, was not too long ago acknowledged as a finest observe, and, as of 2023, is being replicated statewide.
Putzulu is at the moment main a brand new birth-to-three marketing campaign, Turbo Infants, fueled by JWB to assist dad and mom and caregivers as their youngster’s first and finest academics. Turbo Infants represents the fast tempo at which kids beginning to 3 develop and develop and shares on a regular basis actions caregivers can use to encourage early connections and nurture a child’s drive to be taught.
Study extra about how JWB has been placing Pinellas County kids first for greater than 75 years at https://www.jwbpinellas.org/about/
The awards ceremony is out there for viewing at https://thefloridachannel.org/movies/6-28-23-commission-on-the-status-of-womens-spirit-of-community-awards-ceremony/
For 75 years, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) has been investing within the futures of youngsters to strengthen our group. Ruled by an 11-member Board and pushed by information, JWB ensures kids are able to be taught, able to succeed, and able to thrive in houses, faculties, and neighborhoods which might be wholesome and secure. In FY21, JWB and our companions served greater than 58,000 kids and households by way of 85 packages with 55 nonprofit companies. Plus, collective efforts to deal with childhood starvation, grade-level studying, and preventable youngster deaths served 1000’s extra. Study extra: www.jwbpinellas.org