Our Grantees in the News
Ietef Vita featured on Rachel Ray Show
“Want to get kids to learn about gardening and healthy eating in a fun way? DJ Cavem Moetavation is a man of many talents — he’s a rapper, emcee, and (wait for it)… organic gardener! He travels all over the country to teach kids about health through hip hop, and even has his own documentary From Gangs to Gardens, which you can watch a clip of above. His organization “Going Green, Living Bling” teaches youngsters how to grow their own food, prepare it, cook it, and even sell it! Today, he’s making a juice made with apples, beets, kale, ginger and cilantro!”
Watch the video, Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever here.
Learn more about Iete Vita/DJ Cavem’s project, The Breakground: Food As Medicine, here.
Nicole Cardoza featured in Forbes
“On the cutting edge of placing yoga programs in public schools. Training and curriculum is provided free to teachers at Title I schools; to date 20,000 students in 800 classrooms in 39 states have benefited. Cardoza, a Camelback Fellow, is focused on using yoga as a mindfulness tool for social-emotional learning issues many low-income kids face.”
Read the whole article, Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017) here.
Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s project, Yoga Foster, here.
Melody Moore in the National Geographic
“Alexandra lives in a peaceful, leafy subdivision in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with her parents, a brother, a sister, and at the moment, five dogs—her family rescues dogs. Alexandra, who is 22 years old, rescues people.
In high school she was president of the teen board of a suicide hotline. Before that, she and friends had founded a blog on Tumblr for suicidal adolescents. She gave out her cell phone number and counseled people who called, tracking down their Facebook friends and even calling the police.”
Read the whole article, A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’ here.
Learn more about Melody Moore’s project, The Embodied Love Movement, here.
Charles Orgbon in The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Press
“Back in summer, Charles Orgbon, III, contacted OVEC Organizer Dustin White on Facebook, hoping that Dustin could help arrange a flyover of mountain removal sites in October. Charles would be in WV then, to give the keynote address on motivating and activating youth to a conference presented by the WV Association of WV Solid Waste Authorities and DEP’s REAP program (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan).”
Read the whole article, Youth Environmental Leader Charles Orgbon III Tours MTR Sites with OVEC here.
Learn more about Charles Orgbon’s project, Greening Forward, here.
Dobroslawa Gogloza featured on 1Tv, Latvia
“Сегодня в Риге на площади Стрелков прошел флэшмоб, организованный обществом защиты животных. Молодежь призывала жителей Латвии отказаться от потребления мяса, в пользу более «гуманных» продуктов и посмотреть на проблемы забойных животных с высоты птичьего полета”
Watch the video, Люди против мяса here.
Learn more about Dobroslawa Gogloza’s project, Vegan Ukraine, here.
Devi Vaisya featured in East Bay Express
“Last year, trans Latina activists Lexi Adsit and Luna Merbruja teamed up with Devi Vaidya of the local LGBTQ arts organization Peacock Rebellion to bring us Brouhaha, the first ever all trans woman of color comedy show. It was an important night, considering that trans women — and particularly trans women of color — rarely get the opportunity to tell their own stories, frequently enduring misrepresentations in pop culture and mainstream media.”
Read the whole article, Best of the East Bay 2016: Arts & Culture Writers’ Picks here.
Learn more about Devi Vaisya’s project, Brouhaha here.
Hashem Abu Shama in The RHODES TRUST
“Hashem Abushama will graduate from Earlham College with a degree in Peace & Global Studies. He grew up in Arroub Refugee Camp in Palestine. In 2015, Abushama became the first-ever Youth Representative of Palestine Refugees at the United Nations. Abushama managed to cover the outstanding expenses of his undergraduate education through a fundraising campaign that included an online page, individual sponsorship, a speaking tour, and winning grants. While at Earlham, he served as the President of the Earlham Student Government. While at Oxford, Hashem hopes to pursue an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Hashem hopes to continue his political advocacy for Palestine and to establish a network of community centers in refugee camps across Palestine.”
Read the whole article, Hashem Abu Shama here.
Learn more about Hashem Abushama’s project, Trash the Occupation, Not Our Land, here.
Hashem Abushama in Indiana’s Earlham College News
“Hashem Abu Sham’a ’17 has been selected as one of just three Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust for its inaugural Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine program. Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. Notable luminaries who have received the Rhodes include former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, philosopher Naomi Wolf, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Feed The Children.”
Read the whole article, Earlhamite selected for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in historic launch of Middle East program here.
Learn more about Hashem Abushama’s project, Trash the Occupation, Not Our Land, here.
Jenny Lowrey in Chico News & Review
“Every year, Chico News & Review devotes its Thanksgiving issue to Local Heroes, people who go above and beyond as volunteers for the causes that help our community. This year, we shine the spotlight on seven locals donating their time to teach at-risk communities how to grow their own food; counsel the dying and grieving; glean unused produce for the hungry; smooth over barriers to services for people on the street; preserve our historic places; and teach art to children in low-income families. Thank you and cheers to them all, and happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.”
Read the whole article, Local heroes 2016, Let’s give thanks to those who help our community here.
Learn more about Jenny Lowrey ’s project, From the Ground Up Farms, here.
Michael Harrington featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger
“Sometimes stories don’t need to be told in a 400 page book or on the big screen for two and a half hours. Great stories can be told in a matter of minutes. Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival specializes in telling compelling stories in short films. The touring film festival will anchor in Grants Pass at Barnstormers Theater Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, showing various short films by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Founding Director and Curator Michael Harrington started the festival last year with the idea to bring a film festival to communities without much of a film culture.”
Read the whole article, Short films wander to grants pass: Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival here.
Learn more about Michael Harrington’s project, The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, here.
Jono Vaughan featured in Henry Art Gallery
“This performance by Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Anna-Lizette Conner is part of Jono Vaughan’s Project 42, an ongoing collaborative project to memorialize transgender lives cut short by murder. In a movement-based processional performance, Conner will honor Brandy Martell whose life was taken by an act of violence in Oakland, CA, on April 29, 2012. A durational performance will follow during which Vaughan engages in a public act of mending.”
Read the article, Project 42 Performance here.
Learn more about Jono Vaughan’s project, Project 42, here.
Marc Ching on Our Hen House
“Mariann welcomes Marc Ching, founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, whose mission, when it started out, was to rescue and rehabilitate severely abused animals in the Los Angeles area. Marc has recently expanded this mission to include documenting the cruelty and rescuing dogs from the dog meat trade in Asia, at great personal, financial, and emotional risk. His willingness to bear witness to the suffering of those who cannot speak for themselves is the reason he received one of the 2016 Lisa Shapiro Awards for Unsung Vegan Heroes from our good friends at The Pollination Project. You’ll be profoundly moved by his work to change the world for animals.”
Read the whole article, Episode 357: Marc Ching of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Ben Freedland of ZINK here.
Learn more about Marc Ching’s project, Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation here.
Natalie Kyriacou in Raspberry Magazine
“My raison d’etre is to forge new understandings of humanity’s relationship with nature. I believe in a world where compassion, collaboration and education overcome prejudice and cruelty. I feel that my purpose is to create spaces for people to share stories and engage with important issues; where people can learn from one another and collaborate to create a kinder and brighter world for all. My aim is to empower young Australians and global communities to follow their dreams and realise the incredible power that they have to make positive changes in the world.”
Read the whole article, Raspberry interviews: Natalie Kyriacou of My Green World here.
Learn more about Natalie Kyriacou’s project, My Green World, here.
Kate Franzman in Indianapolis’s No Mean City
“When Kate Franzman starts to talk about bees, you can hear the buzz in her voice. It’s easy to imagine her animated hands wildly flinging about as she discusses her hives—of which she has several placed around the city—and the bee-friendly empire she’s helping to build in Indianapolis.”
“They’re just these magical little furry creatures,” Franzman, 31, said. “I like to sit outside and stare at them. I think I’m attracted to them because they’re beautiful, and so misunderstood. They’re fuzzy little fairies who do this amazing service for us, and in return we try to kill them.”
Read the whole article, Fighting for Bees, Kate Franzman’s quest here.
Learn more about Kate Franzman’s project, Bee Public, here.
Tamar Moss and SungAh Kim in The Herald-Times
“The bathroom nearest the cafeteria at Bloomington High School South is getting a makeover, and the two students responsible for the renovation hope it has a big environmental impact. SungAh Kim and Tamar Moss, the brains behind the operation, are calling the effort “Project Green Bathroom.”
Read the whole article, It’s easy being green: Bathroom project promotes energy efficiency, environmental awareness here.
Learn more about Tamar Moss and SungAh Kim here.
Jaha Dukureh featured in Harper’s Baazar
“I was born in the Gambia and pretty much raised in the Gambia. I had, I would say, a normal childhood. I grew up in a tribe called the Serahuli tribe; we’re known as very religious and very conservative—the most conservative families in the Gambia. My childhood was very normal with my siblings. I was raised by my mom and dad and I moved to the U.S. at the age of 15 to get married after my mom passed away. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is part of our tradition, but I didn’t really know what it meant until I got married at 15 and couldn’t have sex. I was suffering from the most severe form of FGM, Type 3 FGM, where your vagina is sealed. I couldn’t have sex until I was deinfibulated, when that seal is removed in order to have sex.”
Read the whole article, Leading the Battle to End Female “Circumcision” here.
Learn more about Jaha Dukureh’s project, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation here.
Teresa Njoroge in Leaders’ Quest
“On the fourth day of our Kenya Open Quest, fifteen of us piled into a minibus and set off to Langata Women’s Maximum Prison, to meet Teresa Njoroge. A former inmate herself, Teresa recently joined forces with her new business partner, Joss Carruthers, to launch Clean Start. This incredible NGO helps women who are incarcerated on short-term sentences, due to petty – often poverty-related – crimes. We wanted to find out more about its work at Kenya’s notorious Langata.”
Read the whole article, Shining lights in the darkest places here.
Learn more about Teresa Njoroge‘s project, Clean Start Solutions, here.
Karen Snook in The Los AngelesTimes
How a farm at an L.A. continuation school became a refuge for both students and animals, October 2016
“Most school days, 17-year-old Alex Snyder eats lunch with a pot-bellied pig named Peanut. John R. Wooden High School is small. It doesn’t have a football field or a swimming pool or a gym. But it has a farm. And the farm has become a central part of Alex’s life.”
“Alex, who lives in a foster care group home, used to run away for days at a time to visit his girlfriend. He’d ditch school at Grover Cleveland Charter High in Reseda and go to the library instead. Since transferring to Wooden this year, he’s been at school most mornings.” “It’s good for me,”
Michelle Welsch in Colorado’s DailyCamera NEWS
“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 never been so strongly convinced of anything before. I knew I had to follow this pull.”
“She expected to teach English to monks for a few weeks, climb to Mount Everest’s base camp to raise money for an inner-city nonprofit and head back to Boulder, which she considers home, to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.”
Read the whole article, Michelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal here.
Learn more about Michelle Welsch here.
Tod Emko featured in Fox Business
“Every year close to 200,000 fans descend on New York’s Comic Con to see the latest toys, trinkets and announcements from their favorite superheroes and animated characters. Some fans come eagerly dressed in costume so they can absorb the full experience, while others run around buying up the hottest toys. FOXBusiness.com spent the day at this year’s Comic Con, where various retailers introduced new products and provided unique experiences for fans. We rounded up a few of the coolest things at this year’s convention.”
Read the whole article, The 5 Coolest Things at New York Comic Con here.
Learn more about Tod Emko’s project, A Piggy’s Tale-Spanish, here.
Anita Kranjc in THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“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 their way to a slaughterhouse last June. She admits to giving water to the animals, but she contends that it was not illegal.”
Read the whole article, PETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs here.
Learn more about Anita Kranjc here.
Anne Pollack featured in YANA (Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance)
“Imagine a world without any access to creativity. Sounds horrible? Now imagine the worlds you can open up by helping to provide the arts to someone who has survived human trafficking. Sounds amazing? It is. Truly amazing.
Q: What is your mission?
Our mission is to bring the healing power of the arts – in experiential workshops led by Teaching Artists – into the lives of survivors of human trafficking.”
Read the whole article, Crossing Point Arts: Bringing Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking: Q+A with Anne H. Pollack, Founder and Executive Director here.
Learn more about Anne Pollack’s project, Crossing Points Art, here.
Carrie LeBlanc featured in Havasu News
“The Shrine Circus has returned for its 25th year at Havasu 95 Speedway in SARA Park, but according to some activists, everyone is enjoying themselves except for the animals. More than 20 picketers arrived at the circus’s entryway on Wednesday to protest the circus’ treatment of animals.
The event is hosted by Jordan World Circus, of Las Vegas, with a portion of proceeds going toward the Lake Havasu City Shriners Club. A collection of elephants, tigers and other exotic animals are provided to the circus through independent contractors. Protestors allege the use of electronic prods in the training and control of exotic animals within the circus, and seek a boycott of this year’s event.”
Read the whole article, Shrine Circus brings animal rights protesters out to SARA Park here.
Learn more about Carrie LeBlanc’s project, Furthering Awareness of Circus Cruelty, here.
See Beneath featured on Autism Live
“Gerin Gaskin was recently interviewed by Shannon and Nancy on the Autism Live web show to discuss our app and upcoming research projects.”
Watch the whole video, “Aiko and Egor” Animation/App for Autism- Gerin Gaskin here.
Learn more about See Beneath’s project, Animation for Autism: Aiko & Egor, here.
Maya Penn on SuperSoul.TV
“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.”
Read the whole article, Maya Penn here.
Learn more about Maya Penn here.
Jeff Kirchner on TEDBlog
“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.
Jacob Savage featured on NBC Bay Area
“Concrn wants the public to call them, instead of 911, when they see a homeless or mentally ill person in crisis.”
Read the article and watch the video, Cause for Concrn here.
Learn more about Jacob Savage’s project, Concrn here.
Tsechu Dolma in Glacier Hub
“Growing up in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal, I vividly remember how food insecurity impacted our everyday lives. Floods, droughts, and landslides would immediately determine what we ate. We ate high carb with little nutritional value when things got really bad. I dreaded those days. I looked forward to the rare days when we had lots of vegetables. As a result, many in my community grew up malnourished. But things started changing once my mother started growing vegetables using plastic covering in small spaces. A small change, which shifted the trajectory of my four siblings and my life.”
Read the whole article, Greenhouses bring hope to vulnerable mountain communities in Nepal here.
Learn more about Tsechu Dolma’s project, Mountain Resiliency Project, here.