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Hannah Testa featured on WSAV 3HD

14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, February 2017

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““Hi, I’m Hannah Testa and I’m on the beautiful beaches of Bermuda and I went on a little stroll and was able to make my own plastic soup,” Hannah Testa, an environmental activist, said in video when she was 11. Nearly three years ago Testa found her calling to help the environment. “After I watched the documentary called Plastic Paradise that’s what really opened me and my family’s eyes to making that shift,” Testa said. “We stopped using single use plastic products like plastic bags and straws and cups.” Testa made changes with her family then shared her cause with schools and through social media.

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Umra Omar featured on ZDF, Germany

Mima-Reporter: Safari-Doctors in Kenia, February 2017

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“Jörg Brase ist unterwegs mit den Safari-Doctors. Sie liefern medizinische Versorgung für die armen Regionen Kenias. Diese gelten oftmals als sehr unsicheres Terrain – auf Grund islamistischer Terroristen.

Watch the video, Mima-Reporter: Safari-Doctors in Kenia, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Umra Omar featured on CNN

CNN logoGroup braves danger delivering health care to rural Kenya, February 2017

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“The eastern coast of Kenya is riddled with danger. Once a sought-after tourist destination, today people are being warned to stay away because of threats by Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab. Others are fleeing the area for good. But Umra Omar keeps going back. In the remote area of islands near the Kenyan-Somali border, the Lamu Archipelago, aid groups have stopped working and infrastructures are crumbling. 

Read the article, Group braves danger delivering health care to rural Kenya, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Umra Omar featured on Better Worldians

Safari Doctors , February 2017

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““From those to whom much has been given, much is expected.” That’s the motto of Safari Doctors founder, Umra Omar, our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio. Omar will talk about how she left behind a career in Washington, D.C. to return to her homeland of Kenya to provide medical care to those who otherwise wouldn’t receive it.

Listen to the Podcast, Safari Doctors, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Murthy Kantimahanti featured in The Times of India

The Times of IndiaSave the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, January 2017

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VISAKHAPATNAM: With the idea to conserve snake fauna in the Eastern Ghats, the organisation ‘Save the Snakes’ has commenced a unique initiative under Pollination Project. The initiative aims to improve the livelihoods of people who live in areas with high incidence of conflict with snakes and educate the locals to minimise rampant killing of the reptiles of Eastern Ghats.

Read the whole article, Save the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, here.

Learn more about Murthy Kantimahanti’s project here.

Hannah Testa featured in Forsyth County News

Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, January 2017

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“A local middle schooler and environmental activist partnered with a Forsyth County state senator to have Feb. 15 proclaimed as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Hannah Testa, 14, of Cumming, spent the last few months working with Sen. Michael Williams, R-District 27, to raise awareness of the growing health crisis due to plastic pollution. An event commemorating the day will be held at the capitol from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide. 

Read the whole article, Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Cianne Tima Jones featured in We News

‘Queen of Katwe’ More Than Entertainment for Ugandan Girls, January 2017

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“Recently we took a class trip to see the Disney film “Queen of Katwe.” For many Teen Voices readers this may seem like an ordinary thing, but for us it was remarkable.The day held so many firsts:
* The first trip to Kampala, which is 145 kilometers (90 miles) and is a city compared to the villages where we all live.
The first time going to a cinema.
* The first time using a toilet. All of us use a pit latrine at home and at school. These are essentially holes in the ground so the toilet was a whole new experience.
* The first time eating fried chicken with chips  and sweet popcorn.
* The first time seeing a tea plantation, a sugar plantation, the Mabira forest, Lake Victoria and the Nile river.”

Read the article, ‘Queen of Katwe’ More Than Entertainment for Ugandan Girls, here.

Learn more about Cianne Tima Jones’s project, Teen Voices Uganda!, here.

Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye featured in Woman, Nigeria

Woman logoAn Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, January 2017

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Although, entrepreneurship is said to be a major solution to unemployment in Nigeria, the funds to start a business is a major obstacle to many people and this has given rise to different forms of social vices in the country. In view of this, Ogechukwu Ezeokoli decided to start a foundation that is committed to promoting the interest of young people in discovering and maximizing their potentials.

Read the whole article, An Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, here.

Learn more about Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye’s project Teens Entreprenuership Club here.

Hannah Testa featured in The Forsyth Herald

Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, January 2017

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“Vickery Creek Middle School eighth-grader, Hannah Testa, is your average teenager for the most part. Except, when she’s not at school, playing soccer or hanging out with friends, she’s changing the world, one cause at a time. At age 10, she began raising money for a horse farm in Cumming. The event was so huge it gained national media attention. From there, she was hooked on helping others. Since then, the 14-year-old has fought for issues affecting various animals and the environment. Up next, she will travel to the state Capitol Feb. 15 to join State Senator Michael Williams while the Senate passes a resolution declaring the day Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Georgia.”

Read the whole article, Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Ietef Vita featured on Rachael Ray Show

Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever, January 2017

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“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.

Hannah Testa featured in The NorthFulton Herald

Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, January 2017

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“Forsyth County’s own eco-activist and one of the leading young environmental leaders in the South, Hannah Testa, is spearheading a major event with Senator Michael Williams. This event, called Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, will include a resolution being read and passed by the Senate, along with informative exhibits and guest speaker presentations from leaders in the industry at the State Capitol Building.

Read the whole article, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Umra Omar featured in Daily Nation, Kenya

Taking affordable medical care where few dare to go, January 2017

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“It is 7:30 am. The tide is low and the small town of Lamu is just waking up as we prepare to leave for Kiangwe Village. “This is the best time to leave so that we can come back before the tide gets stronger,” nurse Harrison Kalu tells one of his team members as he carefully places a box containing a variety of drugs into the speedboat. The four-member team takes their position in the boat and the coxswain starts the engine. Although the ocean is still calm, some water still splashes into the boat.

Read the article, Taking affordable medical care where few dare to go, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Nicole Cardoza featured in Forbes

Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017), January 2017

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“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

A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’, January 2017

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“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.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

Most Influential 2016: Aimee Dunkle, December 2016

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After her son Ben died at age 20 from a heroin overdose, Aimee Dunkle established the nonprofit that provides community members with overdose recognition and response training and naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose antidote.

Read the whole article, Most Influential 2016: Aimee Dunkle, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project here.

Charles Orgbon in The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Press

Youth Environmental Leader Charles Orgbon III Tours MTR Sites with OVEC, December 2016

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“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

Люди против мяса, December 2016

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“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

Best of the East Bay 2016: Arts & Culture Writers’ Picks , December 2016

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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

the-rhodes-trustHashem Abu Shama, November 2016

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“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

collegeEarlhamite selected for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in historic launch of Middle East program, November 2016

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“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

newsreviewLocal heroes 2016, Let’s give thanks to those who help our community, November 2016

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“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.

Jeff Kirchner in Now This News

now-thisLitterati, November 2016

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“This app is helping to clean the planet one piece of garbage at a time.”

Watch the whole video about the Litterati app here.

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

Nicole Cardoza in Now This News

now-thisYoga Foster, November 2016

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“This program brings yoga to elementary schools and helps the children learn and focus.”

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Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s project, Yoga Foster, here.

Michael Harrington featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger

Short films wander to grants pass: Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, November 2016

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“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

Project 42 Performance, November 2016

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“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

ourhenhouseEpisode 357: Marc Ching of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Ben Freedland of ZINK, November 2016

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“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.

Marytza Rubio featured in The Orange County Register

Little library could have big impact on Santa Ana kids, November 2016

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“Youngsters gathered on the front lawn of the Illumination Foundation’s Children’s Resource Center on North Ross Street on Friday, eagerly awaiting the unveiling of a tall, rectangular object. As adults pulled off a sheet and revealed a case filled with books, mounted on a wooden stick, the children’s eyes grew wide. “Spider-Man!” four-year-old Ian Cruz said gleefully as he reached up for a book about the superhero. Cruz, who lives across the street, was among the first to take advantage of the newest Little Free Library book exchange – and the 50,000th in the world.”

Read the whole article, Little library could have big impact on Santa Ana kids, here.

Learn more about Marytza Rubio’s project, Makara Center for the Arts – Public Fiction Project, here.

Natalie Kyriacou in Raspberry Magazine

rasberry-magazine1Raspberry interviews: Natalie Kyriacou of My Green World, November 2016

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“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

no-mean-cityFighting for Bees, Kate Franzman’s quest, November 2016

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“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

htoIt’s easy being green: Bathroom project promotes energy efficiency, environmental awareness, October 2016

“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.