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
New Award: Lifetime Achievement
Winner – Jennifer Barbosa
Jennifer Barbosa was a victim of domestic violence as a child and again as a young adult. Jennifer chose action over victimization and put herself through college to become a counselor and advocate for young people traumatized by violence. She began as a young volunteer at WomenShelter of Long Beach and worked her way to her current position, Children/Youth Coordinator. Teen dating violence is rampant in schools. Jennifer has been essential in developing awareness and prevention programs and an annual conference for youth to help them recognize harmful behavior and build respectful and healthy relationships. Using a trauma-informed approach, Jennifer and her team have designed programs that inform young people about cyber bullying, consent, stalking, and more. They visit middle and high schools and college campuses to make these presentations and offer compassionate empowerment to our youth. Jennifer is a powerful role model to young women and young men.
Awarded to an individual that has demonstrated that innovation has contributed to a more efficient way of doing things. The creativity should be creative and original. The innovation adds to the community by reducing violence, reducing costs and uses data that will validate the effectiveness of the innovation
Winner – Jim Struve, LCSW
Jim serves as Executive Director of MenHealing/Weekends of Recovery. He has been working with male survivors since 1976. He was a pioneering co-organizer (1988) for one of the first national conferences to focus on non-offending male survivors. He was chair for several subsequent conferences and a founding member of the organization now known as MaleSurvivor. He joined the Facilitator Team for the Weekends of Recovery program in 2002. He was instrumental in launching MenHealing in 2017 and has served as Executive Director since that time. Jim is a nationally recognized workshop presenter. He has numerous professional publications and is a dedicated social justice advocate for issues related to sexual violence, as well as sexual and gender equity. In his free time Jim is a dedicated husband and parent to a wonderful dog, as well as an avid devotee of outdoor adventures including skiing, biking, and mountain treks.
Winner – TKeyah (Kia) Dupclay
Kia started the outreach program during covid which ultimately led to all Restoration Diversion Services (RDS) programs, case management, human trafficking training, influencer/life skills class: etiquette, acting, mindfulness, and poetry so far. They are currently working on expanding to politics, hiking, planting, and photography. They also have a Survivor to Success program where they hire survivors directly. The only requirement is they have to be actively working their case plan.The RDS drop in center went from being open 3 days a week to 5 days a week with a hotline and on-call staff on nights and weekends. Kia's goal is to soon get houses or abandoned buildings to turn them into housing.She also hopes to launch a Survivor Advisory Board by the end of the year. And when I graduate I hope to start incorporating the motorcycle school aspect. Kia is making a difference in the community through the innovative approaches she is introducing at RDS and I hope her hard work can be recognized.
Martice is a native of Louisiana and attended LSU where she completed a dual major, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in History. Martice attended graduate school at Louisiana Tech University earning a Master of Arts in History. Prior to the FBI, Martice worked as a high school educator in the DC area where she taught history and public speaking and worked in the non-profit sector as a program manager.
Martice has been with the FBI for 5 years and is currently assigned to the FBI Los Angeles Office of Public and Congressional Affairs as a Community Outreach Specialist; serving as the primary liaison for African American, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ communities. In her role, she collaborates with faith-based and community organizations to bring awareness to issues impacting their respective communities while connecting communities and organizations to the FBI’s public resources and community engagement programs. Martice also works with a variety of youth engagement non-profit organizations, introducing youths to the FBI and the various career paths and sharing resources on how to stay safe.
Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated how the training has positively affected the efficiency and effectiveness though academics. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.
Winner- Martice D. Hawkins
Awarded to an individual or team that has assisted communities/individuals in taking the next steps in life by demonstrating commitment to addressing community needs through intervention and advocating for peaceful solutions to violence. The commitment is through the implementation of exceptional program(s) that engage the community to improve and foster restorative initiates.