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NYS PTA Awards

Advocate in Action Award: Designed to recognize members who take part in activities that advance our PTA Mission and Purposes.

Community Service Award: Given to a group of individuals in thankful recognition and gratitude for what they have achieved on behalf of the children and youth in their school or community.

Distinguished Service Award: Highest State award presented to PTA members who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and youth or to the PTA organization.

Family Engagement Award in Honor of Jami-Beth Knapp This award is to honor those that continue the work and dedication of Jami-Beth Knapp in family engagement.

Golden Oak and Diamond Awards: This award is to honor your most dedicated volunteers in a special way.

Honorary Life Membership: Awarded to individuals giving outstanding service on behalf of children and youth.

Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek: Established in 1991 to recognize outstanding PTA volunteerism.

Pick A Reading Partners Award: Recognizes outstanding PARP program at the region and state levels.

Reflections Theme Search: Each year students throughout the state have the opportunity to submit their ideas for future Reflections Program themes. Five NYS PTA state winners are chosen and forward to National PTA for the Theme Search Contest.

Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education: Available for graduating seniors pursuing a career in education.

Susanne Smoller Commitment to Advocacy Youth Award:   Will be awarded to one high school senior to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education or training and to continue their active engagement in advocacy in the areas of HIV/AIDS, the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, social justice or substance use.

Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus: Recognizes a high school senior or junior who exemplifies humanitarianism.

Innovative Teacher Grant: Gives innovative teachers the opportunity to put their ideas into action. It is awarded to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning

Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study in Memory of Richard Gazzola: To support continuing education of teachers.


PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.

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Helen Hoffman
Administration Theme: “Supporting Kids, Raising Awareness” 

New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers is the first state branch of the National Congress, organized in October 1897. In 1899, it was incorporated as The Mothers’ Assembly of the State of New York.

In 1920, it was reincorporated as the New York State Congress of Mothers’ and Parent-Teacher Associations. In 1925 the name was changed to the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.

  1. Coordinates programs statewide on behalf of children and youth.
  2. Is represented on state committees and commissions dealing with children and youth.
  3. Provides conferences, workshops, publications and resource materials on issues and leadership development.
  4. Services units and councils through its 12 region PTAs.

Legislative Summit and Lobby Day: Held in February, PTA child advocates meet in Albany to address concerns about trends and conditions affecting children and youth and visit with state policy makers to lobby for change

Summer Leadership Conference: Training through workshops and idea-sharing are offered to assist unit and council leaders in all facets of leadership and held at the end of July or beginning of August.

State Annual Convention: Held in November, nearly 400 members from across the state come together to share information, elect officers, adopt resolutions and attend workshops.

New York Parent TeacherProduced four times a year, this periodical focuses on topics of concern to parents, educators and others interested in the well being of children and youth.

NYS PTA Resource GuideA comprehensive resource of PTA information; available for all members on the Your PTA section of the NYS PTA website.

Where We StandNYS PTA’s official advocacy document, including resolutions and position papers.

Fact Sheet 2021: NYS PTA printable fact sheet

Literacy/Pick A Reading Partner (PARP)Initially created by Sen. James Donovan and now administered by NYS PTA, this program encourages literacy-based activities.

Arts and ReflectionsFacilitated through National PTAs Reflections Program, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Arts by pre-K – 12th grade students.

Family EngagementFamily Engagement is a school-family partnership that raises student achievement, improves school and community, and increases public support.

Every Child Travels Safely: This initiative will focus on transportation safety and see that children and caregivers increase safety in all aspects of child travel.

The New York State PTA provides field service to local units statewide through region conferences, workshops, schools of instruction, publications and materials.

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