Awards & Distinctions

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Recent Awards and Distinctions

  • Our President and CEO Jess Dannhauser appointed to Advisory Board of NYC Children’s Cabinet (Jan 2017)
  • President & CEO Jess Dannhauser launches Graham’s Vision 2020 (Jan 2017)
  • President & CEO Jess Dannhauser selected as 2015 “40 under 40” Rising Star in the New York nonprofit community by New York Nonprofit Media (Nov 2015)
  • The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards selects Graham Windham as the Bronze Winner in recognition of our outstanding management practices among the City’s nonprofit organizations (Nov 2014)
  • The Council on Accreditation renewed Graham Windham’s accreditation (Feb 2014) and recognized our quality improvement practices as being in the top quarter of nonprofits evaluated (Sep 2013)
  • President & CEO Jess Dannhauser launches five year vision for Graham Windham (May 2014)
  • Featured on National Child Welfare Workforce Institute Learning Lab webinar as agency model for implementing Solution-Based Casework (Oct 2012)
  • Featured in Child Welfare Information Gateway (a federal Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau publication) for use of Solution-Based Casework to engage families in case planning (Sep 2012)
  • Graham Windham’s self-evaluation practices highlighted as leading example of excellent performance measurement and accountability practices by nonprofit consultants, the Bridgespan Group (Apr 2012
  • President & CEO Jess Dannhauser appointed to the Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner’s Advisory Board and Child Welfare Workforce Committee (Jan 2012)
  • Graham Windham’s Youth Financial Empowerment program highlighted in NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ What’s Working Bulletin, Summer 2010
  • Graham Windham awarded the Year Up 2009 Community Ambassador Award to Graham Windham
  • Graham Windham awarded NYNP Jan 2008 Agency Of The Month by New York Nonprofit Press
  • President & CEO, Paul Jensen, awarded 2007 Child Advocate of the Year 
  • Outstanding Awards in 2007, 2006 and 2005 from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • Graham Windham is accredited by The Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association (CSS-MSA), The Council on Accreditation (COA), and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Helping Our Families to Be the Solution

In February 2011, we began the implementation of Solution-Based Casework, an evidence-based model for working with children and families that has proven effective in other states.  In training, coaching and supporting our staff to use Solution-Based Casework with all of the families we work with, Graham Windham became the first agency in New York City to implement a proven practice model across all of its child welfare programs.



Supporting Our Foster Parents

We improved our support to foster parents through the development and implementation of a new foster parent training curriculum and a new normative culture around training and learning for our foster parents.  We also started a Foster Parent Council Workgroup.

Building Youth Leaders

We started a youth leadership group for youth in foster care called The Bengals in NYC, which provides leadership training and encourages youth to serve as positive role models for other youth in foster care.  The program is modeled off of our existing Bengals program at The Graham School, which has helped to create a positive culture on the campus for years.

In 2012, we launched a new program called Graham SLAM (Support, Lead, Achieve, and Model) Justice Scholars, funded by a contract from the New York City Department of Probation that will promote educational gains for youth in the child welfare system who have been court-involved. SLAM Justice Scholars will provide educational services, positive peer support, life skills workshops and case management to 40 Brooklyn youth. The contract award is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s new Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), a $127 million investment that was announced in August to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men