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Wilson County DSS Receives National Achievement Award

Posted September 19, 2016

From Staff Reports, Wilson Daily Times


The Wilson County Department of Social Services recently received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The association recognized the agency’s participation in the Wilson Youth Master Plan — a Wilson 20/20 initiative — in the children and youth category.


The National Association of Counties says it honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents in its achievement awards.


“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from NACo,” said DSS Director Glenn Osborne. “This award recognized the outstanding work that has happened through our collaboration with Wilson 20/20 and the other partners on the Youth Master Plan. By coming together and working as a community, we are making a positive difference in the lives of Wilson County’s children and youth.”


Through Wilson 20/20’s Youth Master Plan planning process, key leaders with the ability to make decisions, serve recipients, faith community members, business community leaders, college and university partners and citizens came together and discussed community strengths and challenges openly, DSS officials said.


The plan was developed in May 2014 and members have been working together as a community on implementation since that time, according to DSS officials.


Five impact teams continue to drive this work — safety, out-of-school time, health and wellness, education and workforce and K-12 academic achievement.


The purpose of the Youth Master Plan is to make Wilson County a place where all children and youth ages 0 -21 will be successful.


Nationally, the association’s awards were given in 21 categories that reflect the vast range of services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

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