HOPE Awards at the SCRIPT conference are a special awards given to recognize individuals who have inspired others in 3 different categories:
Education and Training
This year's recipients are:
Lieutenant Andrea Gossman for Innovation
Barbara Jett for Community Engagement
Kandee Lewis, Education and Training
Lieutenant Andrea Grossman
Los Angeles Police Department
Lieutenant Andrea Grossman began her career in law enforcement as a Reserve Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). She has been employed by the LAPD as a Police Officer for over 25 years. Her assignments include Patrol, Traffic, Community Relations and Internal Affairs. She is currently assigned to Juvenile Division, where she is the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. The ICAC Unit investigators conduct investigations in which the Internet has been used for the purpose of the sexual exploitation of juveniles. The investigative cases include the production, distribution, and possession of child pornography including online enticement of child pornography through file sharing networks and undercover operations. These complex and highly technical cases are then presented to local or federal authorities for criminal filing consideration. She also provides investigative advice and guidance to Department personnel concerning cases involving the Internet, social media sites, and basic forensic information concerning retrieving information from cellular phones, GPS systems and computers. The LA ICAC is responsible for a five-county area working in tandem with sixty-five affiliate state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Lieutenant Grossman graduated from the University of LaVerneand California State University at Long Beach, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree. She also received a Presidential appointment as a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom for the study of Victimology.
Phenomenal Angels of the Community
Barbara Jett is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Phenomenal Angels of the Community, an organization that provide youth support, mentoring and training opportunities that provide cultural enrichment, effective communication, civic engagement, educational enhancement and individual development. Ms. Jett is responsible for the delivery and operations of the organization.Through her love for the community and potential to inspire change, Ms. Jett is on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. She is a trained experienced professional Intervention Specialist specializing in community service, crisis intervention, case management and street mediation. She has worked in the non-profit community for many years. Ms. Jett developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector when she noticed that a change was needed in the community in which she was raised. She has a deep appreciation for people and is diligent in working to improve the quality of life. Ms. Jett is an active member in her community. She is on the leadership team and is an instructor for Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI). She is a member of the Neighborhood Action Committee and the Westmont/Athens Task Force. Currently, she is a case manager with Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School. Ms Jett is a graduate of Washington Prep and studied at Los Angeles Southwest College. She is a certified graduate of the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute. Additionally, she has received certificates from the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles Fire Department, Maximum Force Enterprises, The Chicago School of Psychology, Yuba College, Leo Chesney Center of Live Oaks and Los Angeles Office of Education.
Positive Results Corporation
For the last 10 years Kandee has been the CEO of The Positive Results Corporation. Coming out of Corporate America, unsure what her next steps would be, Kandee’s brother Tony Newsom, a Los Angeles Police Officer, asked her to take over The Positive Results Corporation. It Saved and Changed Her Life! Having never worked for a non-profit, Kandee volunteered with several agencies around the Los Angeles area. Many times, she was told NO! No to collaborations, No to funding, and No to opportunities! But Kandee kept pushing forward, knowing the Vision and Mission given to her. She kept moving forward, in spite of any opposition! Kandee is a Masterful Trainer and Facilitator who is Certified in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Suicide Awareness. She specializes in Trauma caused by Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Bullying. She teaches Healthy Relationships and youth to be Peer Leaders and Advocates. Kandee collaborates with National Association of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Women of Color Network, South L.A. Homeless (TAY) & Foster Care Collaborative, Compton’s Education Task Force, L.A. City Attorney’s DV Round Table, and Los Angeles Mayor’s Human Trafficking Portal. She partners and trains K-12 schools, colleges, cities, governmental and private organizations, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, and non-profit agencies.
Kandee has received numerous awards & honors including 2017 Women of the Year, Education, from L.A. County Board of Supervisors & Commission for Women; and 2017, Vanguard Award Most Influential African American’s In Los Angeles, Mover and Shaker Category, 2016 Humanitarian Award, 2015 Woman of the Year; and the 2014 Woman of Distinction. She has also been a Harbor Area Planning Commissioner, on the Board of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council and retired in 2007 as Vice President of Sales & Interim President of Technology company. Prior management positions include Los Angeles Times and Office Depot
A Los Angeles native married 35 years, three adult children, and a pit bull, Kandee attributes her success to her Mother and the unconditional love from her family success.