Each year, the Youth Law Center recognizes people who have made a difference in the lives of our clients during the past year at its Unsung Heroes Event.
Youth Law Center established the Loren Warboys Unsung Hero Awards to honor Loren Warboys, who joined the staff of the Youth Law Center in 1979 and became Managing Director in 1994. Loren was a nationally recognized expert on education and mental health services for children in the juvenile justice system. He was a brilliant attorney whose efforts were fueled by a deisre to assure that children in public systems are treated fairly and are able to maximize their potential. Sadly, he succumbed to leukemia in December, 1999.
The Loren Warboys Unsung Hero Awards and annual event are funded through individual event sponsors. In keeping with the spirit of the event, attendance is free. To register to attend this year’s event or if you would like to support the event click here.
2016 Unsung Heroes Honorees
This year’s honorees have helped strengthen families and improve the lives of children and youth involved in the nation’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It is our pleasure to honor:
Sade Daniels is an advocate and former foster youth with over a decade of experience working on child welfare reform. She currently works with foster youth transitioning to adulthood at the Bay Area Youth Center as well as on the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors with MISSSEY. Sade spent many of her adolescent years in group homes. After experiencing trials while in the system, Sade found her inner strength through literature and creative writing and became an advocate for other foster youth. At age 16, Sade took part in a groundbreaking social research on group homes, which was instrumental in developing new curriculum for training child welfare professionals. The San Francisco Chronicle chronicled her journey in a multi-year profile. In addition to being a gifted public speaker and award winning spoken word artist, she received the Youth SCORE award, was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, and won first place in the inaugural Beyond Idol, an Alameda County-wide talent competition. Sade is currently finishing her first novel, to be released early January 2017, and is completing her Master of Social Welfare degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert Garcia spent twenty-one years incarcerated in California State Prisons and Juvenile Detention Centers. Convicted of felony offenses as a teenager, this former gang member continued a life of crime behind bars until one day, through the work of many volunteers; he transformed himself spiritually, psychologically, and mentally. Applying himself in prisons such as Kern Valley State Prison and Ironwood, he was awarded two Associate Degrees as well as numerous certificates from a variety of programs. Robert’s maturity inside prison encouraged him to help other juvenile offenders transform their lives and prepare for parole. Upon parole Robert is active in many ministries and programs formed to help the youth “inside,” including ARC the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Currently Robert is the Assistant Executive Director of JRJI, the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative where he addresses the healing needed by all those inflicted with the results of violent crime in California. Bobby is married, a proud father to a daughter “Ximena” and continues his studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills to obtain his Master’s in Social Work.
Tracy Schiro currently serves as the Social Services Assistant Director of San Luis Obispo County. In her role, she provides leadership overseeing Child Welfare Services, Adult Services, Participants Services (CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, Food Assistance, General Assistance, and Foster Care) and the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Program with a mission of partnering with the community to enhance self-sufficiency while ensuring that safety and basic human needs are met for the people of San Luis Obispo County. Tracy has had the opportunity to serve on the following committees: Commissioner First 5 Commission, California Welfare Directors’ Children’s Committee, CSEC Action Team, Blue Ribbon H.E.A.T. Institute, Child Death Review Board, Workforce Investment Board Leadership, Cuesta College Advisory Panel, Children’s Services Network Truancy and Dropout Taskforce, Independent Living Program Advisory Board. Tracy’s leadership goals are to eliminate poverty, ensure accessible health care, and secure permanency and well-being for children.
Lee Seale was appointed Sacramento County Chief Probation Officer in April 2013. He began his career as a criminal prosecutor in the California Department of Justice, during which time he also served as a consultant with P.O.S.T. in the areas of search and seizure law and interrogation law. He later worked as a special assistant in the Office of the Inspector General. On March 1, 2016, he was appointed to the Judicial Council’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Before joining Sacramento County, he served in the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations as a Director in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Chief Seale holds a J.D. from U.C. Davis School of Law.
See all past honorees of the Loren Warboys Unsung Heroes Award.