INDIANAPOLIS – A Hamilton County youth worker was named a finalist for the 2017 D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year Award from the Indiana Youth Institute.

Brittany Winebar serves as a youth advocacy supervisor for Prevail, Inc. in Noblesville. Prevail, Inc. educates and works with the community to prevent crime and abuse, while supporting victims as they rebuild their lives.

Winebar, former client who worked with Winebar, developed the organization’s youth programming, which works to end intergenerational violence.

“I am confident that had I not been with an individual who expressed such raw empathy, trust, and commitment to her work, I would never have developed the level of vulnerability and strength I needed as a young adult to face my trauma and fight for my vision of a healthier life for myself,” Winebar said.

Winebar was nominated by Susan Ferguson, executive director of Prevail, Inc. “She truly does amazing work each and every day,” Ferguson says. “I do not overstate the importance of this work when I say that what she does saves lives!”

“Many of my favorite professional moments occur when a young person realized that the trauma was not their fault, when they acknowledge their personal strength and potential, and when (they) choose to pay that forward to other youth affected by violence,” Winebar said. “It is that resilience and development of healthy coping that motivates the work I do with youth and their families.”

The D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year award honors one exceptional youth worker’s service and commitment to help improve the futures of Hoosier children. The award is named for the retired director of evaluation at Lilly Endowment Inc. who oversaw the development of numerous youth service-related programs such as the Lilly Fellows Program, which established many policies and organizations aimed at improving the quality of life for Hoosier children, including IYI.

Winebar was among five finalists for the D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year award. The 2017 award winner is Emily Perry, executive director for Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Centers, with locations in Avon, Bloomington and Terre Haute.

As a finalist, Winebar can attend the 2017 Because KIDS COUNT Conference (BKCC) on Nov. 28 and 29 in Indianapolis at no cost.

Online registration for BKCC is open through Nov. 14 at for the two-day rate of $250 or the one-day rate of $150. After Nov. 14, anyone wishing to attend must register and pay at the event at a cost of $300 for two days and $175 for one day.