Grantees in the News
Michelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal, October 2016 "One day, Michelle Welsch realized she could make her own life. So she ditched her steady job and comfortable lifestyle in New York City. The Longmont High School and University of Colorado graduate flew to Nepal, to volunteer in a monastery there that she knew little about." "I had such a strong conviction. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I had to go," she says. "I've
PETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs, October 2016 "The trial of a Toronto animal-rights activist in Burlington, Ont., has become a global cause célèbre for opponents of the meat industry, with the head of PETA and a famous musician pledging support and dozens of backers crowding into the courtroom on Monday." "Anita Krajnc, a member of Toronto Pig Save, is charged with criminal mischief for giving water to pigs in a truck on
Maya Penn, September 2016 "From a young age, it’s been Maya Penn’s passion to make a positive impact on the environment, the planet and all of its creatures." "Sixteen-year-old Maya is the founder and CEO of Maya’s Ideas, an eco-friendly accessories company started in 2008 when she was 8 years old. When Maya started her business, she says she knew two things: all of her products had to be eco-friendly and she had to put her profits towards making an impact."
Meet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents, September 2016 "On September 12, TED welcomed its latest class of the TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas. Residents spend four months in the TED office with fellow brilliant minds who are creatively taking on projects that are making significant changes in their communities, across many different fields ." Read the whole article, Meet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents here. Learn more about Jeff Kirchner here.
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Taking a stand against youth violence in Columbus, August 2016 "COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus youth leader is taking a stand against the city’s violence." “You can never have enough programs, organizations or individuals out here doing this type of work,” Thell Robinson III explained, outside of his downtown office. "Robinson is the founder of A Thug is a Dud, also known as ATIAD, which is a nonprofit organization aimed at keeping at-risk youth on the right path." Read the whole
Former gang member throws party to help reduce crime, August 2016 "A gang intervention social worker who once worked with a city-of-Columbus program to reduce gang violence is inviting residents and people involved in criminal activity to a party this Friday." "The goal of the party is to get young people off the streets." "Thell Robinson, a former gang member who served prison time, has organized the party with the help of the nonprofit he founded, called “A Thug Is
California Farm Helps Struggling Students By Bonding With Animals, August 2016 "I grew up on a dead end street, and every night, all the kids got together to play tag or catch fireflies. I remember my childhood very fondly, and I can always think back on it and smile." "But sometimes, when kids are surrounded by unhealthy activities in their neighborhood, like gang violence or drug use, there can be very little hope for a way out." "Karen Snook, now
Grantee letef Vita on HuffPost Black Voices, This former gangster is healing his hood through organic gardening, August 2016
Lady Liberty provides legal access for the poor, August 2016 "Sam Ngcolomba believes all women deserve access to legal assistance, more especially those in South African townships. Through her mobile legal office, Lady Liberty, Sam empowers women by educating them about their basic human rights. Sam is now working towards creating a mobile app that will allow more women to access information easily and affordably. Watch Sam tell us more about her project below." Read the whole article, Lady Liberty provides