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Helping every child become all they can be
The True inspiration Awards were created to carry on Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy's legacy of generosity, community service and dedication to inspiring the next generation. Every year, we honor and support organizations from across the country who go above and beyond in the fields of innovative education, emerging leader development and youth entrepreneurship. They're working hard to make a lasting difference in the lives of children living in their local communities, and we're proud to help them extend their impact.
We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well.
S. Truett Cathy
Meet Our 2019 Award Recipients
Covenant House Californiacovenanthousecalifornia.org
We are a youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth ages 18-24.
Folds of Honorfoldsofhonor.org
We provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
Friends of the Children - Portlandfriendspdx.org
We provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.
Emerging Leader Development
Focusing on character development, positive community and cultural involvement, and effective civic engagement
We support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.
Girls on the Run of the Rockiesgirlsontherunrockies.org
Nominated by Operator Don Griffin
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Thrive Support & Advocacyicanthrive.org
Empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to focus on ability and discover opportunities to shine.
Developing business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, and financial literacy
Covenant House Internationalhttps://www.covenanthouse.org
Preparing at-risk and homeless youth to obtain and maintain employment, improve and advance their education, and pursue sustainable career paths with livable wages.
Heritage Academy Augustaheritageacademyaugusta.org
An independent school offering a quality education to children of diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, empowering them to become a positive influence in this community and around the world.
Junior Achievement of Northern New Englandjuniorachievement.org
Delivering kindergarten-12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.
S. Truett Cathy Honoree
Embodying the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Truett Cathy
Mentoring to Manhood
Nominated by Chick-fil-A Operator Keith Singletary
Founded by four men who wanted to make a difference in the lives of young African-American boys living in Prince George's County, Maryland, Mentoring to Manhood provides weekly tutoring, group mentoring and family support to more than 150 middle and high-school aged boys. Recently, the organization merged with Community Youth Advance to expand its services to young boys and girls living in this community.
Regional Award Winners
We seek to strengthen family structure and help families break the cycle of generational poverty by providing after-school and mentoring programs for under-resourced children.
Nominated by Operator Chris Eckert
Isaiah 117 House
We care for children awaiting foster placement by meeting their food, shelter, clothing and personal hygiene needs.
Nominated by Operator Tommy Tipton
Place of Hope
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
We provide stable and loving family environments for children and youth who have been abused and neglected.
Nominated by Operators Paul Kiedis and Neil Hannon
We work alongside athletic coaching staff to teach, mentor and guide student-athletes into becoming well-rounded men and women of character.
Nominated by Operators Colby Cameron and Tom Balsamides
We are on a mission to celebrate, educate and employ people with special needs.
Nominated by Operator Blake Dennard
Kids Alive International
We are dedicated to rescuing and redeeming orphans and vulnerable children from our belief that every child deserves to live free from the bondage of hunger, abuse and exploitation.
Nominated by Operator Matt Sewell
We provide accessible arts, education and health & fitness programs that meet needs, build hope, and transform the lives of childen and youth.
Nominated by Operator Greg Kubala
Friends of Down Syndrome
We seek to create lifelong education and learning opportunities for teens and adults with Down syndrome through education, socialization and community outreach.
Nominated by Operator Austin Mike
We use food to nourish, train and employ people, providing thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy.
Nominated by Operator Bill Diaco
Reading Road Show - "Gus Bus"
A mobile literacy unit that brings literature directly into the neighborhood of students,
Nominated by Operator Ashley Bellamy
Outreach United Resource Center
We help people move toward self-sufficiency by unifying community resources.
Nominated by Operator Brent Gooch
Thanksgiving Point Institute
A farm, garden, and museum complex that draws upon the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning.
Nominated by Operator Dusty Pyne
Surprise! Chick-fil-A Foundation presents $100,000 grant to S. Truett Cathy Honoree
Watch as Mentoring to Manhood is surprised with the news.