ON-Lion Letter
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2008 Bradley Prizes will be awarded to Robert L. Woodson, Sr., founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) in Washington, D.C.  CNE supports neighborhood-based initiatives to reduce crime and violence, restore families, create economic enterprise and employment, and revitalize low-income communities.

Woodson will be presented the award during a ceremony at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on Wednesday, June 4.  Each award comes with a stipend of $250,000.

"The Bradley Foundation selected Mr. Woodson for his unyielding commitment to America's inner-city youth and to revitalizing neighborhoods," according to Bradley president and chief executive officer Michael W. Grebe. 

CNE's Violence-Free Zone initiative employs trusted neighborhood leaders to mediate conflict, promote strong moral character, provide employment assistance, and help transform young people from destructive gang warriors into purposeful community builders.  It is already significantly reducing youth violence in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, the District of Columbia, Milwaukee, and Prince George's County, Md., among many other places.

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Mr. Woodson who have made outstanding contributions and we hope to encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields," Grebe said.
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