Our Grantees in the News2017-10-05T17:52:00+00:00

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Sophia Hanson featured on ABC 6

Celebrating girl power at Philadelphia City Hall, March 2018

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“It was a day of celebration of girl power at Philadelphia City Hall in Center City. The National Youth Foundation hosted a girls rally to recognize six women who are outstanding in their fields. “

Read the whole article and Watch the video, Celebrating girl power at Philadelphia City Hall, here

Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Sophia Hanson featured on Fox29.com

Local girls to take part in first ever “Girls Rally” Saturday, March 2018

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Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi featured in DW, Germany

Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele: Mobilizing citizens through gardening, January 2018

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“Meet the man driving an innovative community gardening initiative in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele wants the next generation to enjoy nutritious food — and have a healthy respect for nature. “

Watch the video, Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele: Mobilizing citizens through gardening, here

Learn more about Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi’s project, ProtectOzone, here.

Norly Germain featured in GoLocalProv.com

RI-Based Hope & Change for Haiti’s Germain Addresses Trump Remarks, Need for Action, January 2018

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“Dr. Norly Germain with the nonprofit Hope and Change for Haiti spoke to President Donald Trump’s recently reported remarks about Haiti and other countries — and why further action is needed beyond responding to the political discourse, and the focus needs to be on helping Haitians impacted by both natural disaster — and manmade problems. “

Read the whole article, RI-Based Hope & Change for Haiti’s Germain Addresses Trump Remarks, Need for Action, here

Learn more about Norly Germain’s project, A Cistern Of 15000-Gallon Of Water In The Community Of Jeannette, here.

Dorcas Apoore featured in Can News Africa, South Africa

Worst tragedies inspire best Ghana empowerment scheme, January 2018

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“13 siblings to sickness and hunger rates among the worst horrors any youngster can ever go through. That, exacerbated by the hardships of growing up in a poverty-stricken, polygamous family going to bed on an empty stomach or sleeping without a roof over their head, literary, is horrifying enough to torment any youngster for the rest of their life. “

Read the whole article, Worst tragedies inspire best Ghana empowerment scheme, here

Learn more about Dorcas Apoore’s project, Women’s Basket Weaving, here.

Cynthia Frame-Endres featured in Buffalo Spree Magazine

Going Green / Powering battery recycling in Erie County, January 2018

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“Every year, Americans purchase nearly three billion dry cell batteries, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency—and the vast majority of these end up in landfill. About one in five dry cell batteries purchased are rechargeable, meaning they can be reused until they reach the end of their lifespan, and then recycled through drop-off at stores like Best Buy, Lowe’s, or Home Depot. But for the four-fifths that are single-use alkaline batteries, there is no simple, cost-effective way to recycle—and that’s what the Coalition of Positively Charged People is hoping to change in Western New York. “

Read the whole article, Going Green / Powering battery recycling in Erie County, here

Learn more about Cynthia Frame-Endres’s project, Household Battery Recycling, here.

Norly Germain featured in Cranston Herald

‘We shall overcome’ is response to President’s slam on Haitian, January 2018

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“Haitian community leaders, politicians and dignitaries from across the state gathered at Dorcas International’s North Campus on Elmwood Avenue Sunday to rebuke the ugliness and inappropriate nature of the words and sentiments shared by President Donald J. Trump last week in regards to immigrants from Haiti and Africa, and his preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway. Organized by Dr. Norly Germain of Hope and Change for Haiti, Bernard Georges of New Bridges for Haitian Success (NB4HS), Dr. Kappi Bois from Haitian-American Partnership for Positive Actions and Councilman Nirva Rebecca Lafortune, the event filled the room with people of many ethnic backgrounds and religions as they listened to one speaker after the next denounce the president’s words and beliefs as racist and un-American. “

Read the whole article, ‘We shall overcome’ is response to President’s slam on Haitian, here

Learn more about Norly Germain’s project, A Cistern Of 15000-Gallon Of Water In The Community Of Jeannette, here.

Sophia Hanson featured in A Plus

Book-Writing Competition Inspires Kids To Write About Local Female Heroes, January 2018

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“Women’s issues are not just a woman’s issue —  they’re a human issue. And while there may not be one solution to solving gender inequality, we can start by ensuring our children are educated on the importance of feminism, respect, and equality. In an effort to teach kids that women can be powerful and influential, a small nonprofit is holding a book writing competition for kids to write about their favorite local heroines. “

Read the whole article, Book-Writing Competition Inspires Kids To Write About Local Female Heroes, here

Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Jeff Kirschner featured in Business Insider

An app that tries to make picking up trash fun just got a $225,000 cash injection from the US government,  January 2018

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“Jeff Kirschner has a discarded tub of cat litter to thank for his business. A few years ago, he was hiking with his kids when they spotted it dumped in a creek. “Daddy, that doesn’t go there,” his then-four-year-old daughter complained. “I know it sounds cliché, but for me that was the eye-opening moment,” he said. Today, he runs Litterati, an app that “gamifies” picking up litter, letting users take photos of what they’ve collected and track their environmental efforts.”

Read the whole article, An app that tries to make picking up trash fun just got a $225,000 cash injection from the US government here.

Learn more about Jeff Kirschner’s project, Litterati, here.

Yvonne Akoth featured in IREX.org

Supporting peacebuilding and conflict management in Kenya, December 2017

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“Before participating in the Community Solutions Program (CSP), Yvonne Akoth was teaching peacebuilding and conflict management strategies in Kenya with few resources. After participating in the program, she gained the leadership skills, confidence, and support networks to take her peacebuilding work to the next level. During her childhood, Akoth and her family experienced a traumatic series of events that would spark her passion for peacebuilding and conflict management. Her parents, who come from two different ethnic tribes in Kenya, found themselves in the middle of an ethnic political conflict.

Read the article, Supporting peacebuilding and conflict management in Kenya, here.

Learn more about Yvonne Akoth’s project, Impart Change, here.

Sophia Hanson featured in nba.com

Robert Covington Presents National Youth Foundation Book Award, December 2017

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Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Talia Schmitt featured in wm.edu

Students give eco-lessons at Whaley Elementary, December 2017

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“String, duct tape, newspapers, cereal boxes, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, egg cartons and paper bags aren’t usually anybody’s idea of high fashion. But the idea here was more one of “trashion” and intended to focus on reuse of these recyclable items, or at least awareness of them. “

Read the whole article, Students give eco-lessons at Whaley Elementary, here

Learn more about Talia Schmitt’s project, Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative, here.

Molly Beth Rice featured in Peoria Magazine.com

Women of Influence: Heart, Mind & Soul, December 2017

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” I was recently blessed to get to know four unique, beautiful and brilliant women from our community—amazing individuals who are redefining what it means to shape and influence the community around us. They are thinking and living “outside the box,” breaking out of the traditional mold, and uplifting the communities, businesses and families in our region—and each of them has been a big inspiration to me… Molly Rice was born in Peoria, attending Woodruff High School, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. After working for several years with different social service organizations, then at Bradley, she moved to the small town of Rushville, where she met and married Mike Rice, a single father to three daughters. After learning about a shortage of foster parents, they became licensed in 2013. They had room to house more children, and they both had a drive to help others.”

Read the whole article, Women of Influence: Heart, Mind & Soul, here.

Learn more about Molly Beth Rice’s project, Good Soil for the Peoria North End Urban Garden, here.

Kingsley Iweka featured in World Summit Awards

Africa-OnTheRise, December 2017

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” Africa-OnTheRise.com is committed to highlighting and propagating the positive changing realities of the African continent. This online platform is changing the African conversation by monitoring, analyzing and sharing ONLY qualitative content about Africa’s rising potential, fostering development and economic empowerment through the power of positive information and inspiring hope by humanizing the process of positive change.”

Read the whole article, Africa-OnTheRise, here.

Read more about Kingsley Iweka’s project, Africa-OnTheRise here

Dr. Amie Breeze Harper featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Dr. Amie Breeze Harper’s project, Sistah Vegan Project, here.

Aph Ko featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Aph Ko’s project, Vegan Anti-Racist Changemaker, here.

Keith Tucker featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Keith Tucker’s project, Oakland Hip Hop Green Dinner, here.

Beth Koigi featured in TechMoran

Kenya’s Majik Water to harvest drinking water from air for off-grid communities, November 2017

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“Founded by Anastasia Kaschenko, Beth Koigi and Clare Sewell, Kenya’s Majik Water has launched a prototype and started its water harvesting process in pilot to help people in off-grid communities in Kenya harvest water from air using simple techniques and equipment. The three-girl team, comprising of Clare, who previously worked as a strategic consultant for 9 years in London and  has for the past two years been living in Malawi where she started her own startup, Anastasia who worked for a company that is leading in dew harvesting as well as product research and development in Canada and Beth, a water entrepreneur in Kenya met in Silicon Valley where they realized they shared the same vision to help solve the water shortage issues around the world.

Read the article, Kenya’s Majik Water to harvest drinking water from air for off-grid communities, here.

Learn more about Beth Koigi’s project, Technologia Mashinani, here.

Sara Trail featured in Modern Patchwork

Quilting As Commentary-A look at The Exhibit “Quilta And Human Rights”, November 2017

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“TEXTILES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CONNECTED TO ACTIVISM, from suffragists sewing protest banners to Hmong refugees in Southeast Asia embroidering images of war onto story cloths. The intersection of quilt making and human rights is explored in a traveling exhibit currently at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University.”

Read the article, Quilting As Commentary-A look at The Exhibit “Quilta And Human Rights”, here.

Learn more about Sara Trail’s project, Social Justice Sewing Academy, here.

Joseph Osuigwe featured in The Nigerian Voice, Nigeria

U. S Embassy Nigeria Supports Joseph Osuigwe to Train Corps Members as Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates, November 2017

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” Anti-human trafficking advocacy training is organized to equip young people as advocates, and empower them to carryout community projects to combat human trafficking. It is a Pass-It-On project by The Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, Joseph Osuigwewho was recently supported by the United State Embassy Nigeria to attend the International Human Trafficking Conference which held at the University of Toledo, Ohio State, United States of America.”

Read the whole article, U. S Embassy Nigeria Supports Joseph Osuigwe to Train Corps Members as Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates, here.

Read more about Joseph Osuigwe’s project, Project End FGM here