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Daniels receives MPT award for helping youth and families

Joseph J. Daniels

Joseph J. Daniels

Joseph J. Daniels, assistant vice president of the Verizon Foundation, received the “Miss Jean” Worthley Award on Jan. 13 at Maryland Public Television’s Vision Honors Banquet for his contributions to youth and families.

Daniels has worked through the Verizon Foundation to enable teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn, and to help adults achieve their goals.

Also, Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School, from which Daniels graduated, asked him to join its Governance Board in 2007, and he was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors of Coppin State University.

Daniels has collaborated with the MPT Education Department’s professional development team to improve the culture and climate of both the high school and the university.

Joseph J. Daniels

Education: B.S. in mathematics, master’s in information systems technology, Johns Hopkins University.

Resides in: Baltimore County

Daily commute: varies

Hobbies: Listening to classical and smooth jazz; cooking, especially on the grill; gardening.

Most recent vacation: Charleston, S.C.

Most recently read: Currently reading a book on Feng shui.

Favorite books: “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama; “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas L. Friedman; “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield.

Favorite food: Good Food! It must be presented well and something on the plate must have had a heartbeat at some point in its life!

Favorite quotation: “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case it’s a failure of leaders.” — Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell, from “A Leadership Primer.” … I like substituting the words “our young people” for “soldiers.” For me, it brings today’s challenges for our young people into focus.