Local Web Firm Receives “Webby Worthy” Distinction in 9th Annual Webby Awards

Award Winning Web Site for Washington’s Foster Youth Is Honored

May 4, 2005— SEATTLE — A Web site designed and developed by local Web firm, Saltmine, has been recognized as Webby Worthy in the 9th annual Webby Awards, a distinction made for sites exhibiting remarkable achievement in content, structure, navigation, visual design functionality, interactivity and overall experience.

The Web site (www.fycentral.org) was designed for the University of Washington School of Law’s Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, to provide foster youth with an online resource to help them understand their rights within the child welfare system. The site presents information that is meaningful to foster youth, including a dictionary of legal terms and links to resources for housing, education, health and financial assistance. Young users can read poems and stories written by other foster youth and share their own experiences on the site.

“Young people are at the heart of child welfare and yet most youth feel powerless within it. Adults to whom they have no connection are making decisions for them, and the system churns without taking the time to explain itself. Foster Youth Central is designed to bring youth in foster care the information they need to understand the system, advocate for themselves, and tell their stories. We are very pleased that Foster Youth Central has received this award,” said clinic director Lisa Kelly.

This year, the Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Out of 4,000 entries submitted, fewer than 20 percent received this honor and were deemed Webby Worthy. Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honor the outstanding Web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and found of The Webby Awards. “The Webby Worthy selection of the Foster Youth Central Web site is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

Winners were announced on May 3, 2005 and will be honored at a gala event in New York’s landmark Gotham Hall on June 6, 2005. Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

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