Our Grantees in the News
Sonya Passi’s FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards
FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards at 10th Annual SVP LA Fast Pitch, April 2018
“Last month, FreeFrom participated as one of the top 10 finalists in the SVP LAFast Pitch competition. We competed with 19 other organizations to present a 3-minute pitch on our work to an audience of 500 people. FreeFrom took home the Impact Award, as well as raising the most money from the audience. “
Read the whole article and Watch the video, FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards at 10th Annual SVP LA Fast Pitch, here
Learn more about Sonya Passi’s project, FreeFrom, here.
Candice Elder featured in KQED
In the Field with The East Oakland Collective, a Grassroots Group Aiding the Homeless, April 2018
“As a kid, I vividly remember asking myself, how does someone end up homeless? How could you collect change all day and not have enough for a place to stay? How could there be so many empty buildings downtown, with the lights on at night, while there are people sleeping outside? I never brought those questions to the people sleeping at the bus stop, surviving under the freeway or living in temporary shelters on the sidewalk. But I should’ve asked. That’s how to get the real story about how someone becomes homeless, and how we can help them. “
Read the whole article, In the Field with The East Oakland Collective, a Grassroots Group Aiding the Homeless, here
Learn more about Candice Elder’s project, Take Back Our Streets, here.
Elizabeth Onofre featured on Chicago CBS Local
“These days, we are seeing more and more activists at a young age. But some Chicago eighth graders say age shouldn’t be an obstacle. They formed their own activist group, with the blessing of their school, and they haven’t looked back. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains their mission in this original report. It’s the scramble before this group’s big event. An advocacy conference at Bell School on Chicago’s North Side. Organized by PIFA: Political Intersectional Feminist Activists. Run by eight graders.“
Read the whole article, Local Student Activists Want Their Voices Heard here.
Learn more about Elizabeth Onofre’s project,You Can Be An Activist Too!, here.
Whitney Saxon featured on HLN
“I think we can all agree – sometimes, life is just tough. We met a woman who knows that. She’s figured out a way to help others who are struggling. And she’s doing it, one letter at a time. “
Watch the video, Lifting Girls and Women Up One Letter at a Time, here
Learn more about Whitney Saxon’s project, The Letter Project By Project To Love Ourselves, here.
Jahkil Jackson featured in Forbes
Meet The 10-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur Helping The Homeless Across The Nation, March 2018
“Jahkil Jackson of Chicago, Illinois is one busy young man. He’s a student, a tap dancer, a basketball player, an actor, a model, and he’s a social entrepreneur who is on a mission to help the homeless in Chicago and throughout the world. At his young age of 10, he’s already given out over 6,000 Blessing Bags to those in need. Blessing Bags are filled with basic items that homeless need to improve their lives. “
Read the whole article, Meet The 10-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur Helping The Homeless Across The Nation, here
Learn more about Jahkil Jackson’s project, Project I Am, here.
Noah Hastay featured on WCJB
“The Fit for All class is free for athletes with special needs. Each athlete is paired with a volunteer to help them through their exercises. “
Read the whole article and Watch the video, GHF hosts free fitness class for individuals with special needs, here
Learn more about Noah Hastay’s project, FIT For ALL, here.
Joe Bock featured in Second Act Stories
“Joe Bock retired in 2008 after a long and successful career as an electrical engineer. But he always remembered his time back in grade school as a kid sitting on the sidelines and never getting into an athletic game. “I wanted to be athletic more than anything else.” And when he retired he was determined to help “kids like me.” “
Read the whole article, Getting Benchwarmers in the Game: Retired Engineer Keeps a Promise, here
Learn more about Joe Bock’s project, Benchwarmers Basketball, here.
Lila Mankad featured in Chron
“Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad, 12-year-old friends and classmates at Hogg Middle School, are sixth-graders on a campaign to save the world. They enjoy typical hobbies such as reading, being outdoors, and camping, but they also have a common goal to make Houston more sustainable and waste free by starting a plastic bag ordinance. “
Read the whole article, Middle schoolers aim to make Houston plastic bag free, here
Learn more about Lila Mankad’s project, Bayou City Bags, here.
Jill Andersen featured in The New York Times
“Lalo Aguilar was born in the Mexican border city of Juárez 29 years ago, carries a Mexican passport and lives in Mexico City. Yet he speaks of Mexico as a kind of foreign country, a place to which he was banished. “Exile,” he calls it. In 2012, after living nearly his entire life as an undocumented immigrant in Utah, he was deported to Mexico after an altercation with some police officers over an immigration-enforcement bill he was protesting. “
Read the whole article, Young Migrants’ Return to Mexico Is More ‘Exile’ Than Homecoming, here
Learn more about Jill Andersen’s project, Otros Dreams En Acción Community Space In Mexico City, here.
Jonna Mckone featured in The Sanctuary
“Why is it important to reflect on your experiences in life? A group of students from Rutgers University have been addressing this question in a multidisciplinary scrapbook project being lead by a documentary artist and journalist named Jonna McKone. McKone traveled with these New Jersey college students to The Sanctuary for Independent Media to meet up and study zine-making with digital folk artist Brenda Ann Kenneally, Guggenheim fellow and creator of the Troy People’s History Museum.”
Read the whole article, Rutgers University Students on Storytelling here.
Learn more about Jonna Mckone’s project, Visions Of Family, here.
Erin Barnette featured in WCCB Charlotte
“Wilson was at the Girls Scouts Hornets Nest Council in Charlotte to learn more about the great work these young ladies are doing as part of their Gold Award Projects . Just a few of the projects that the girls are taking on include a 5k race, puppy yoga and healthcare for women. For these projects the girls can earn the Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned as a Girl Scout.”
Read the whole article, Wilson’s World: With Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council Working on Gold Award Projects here.
Learn more about Erin Barnette’s project, Autism Babysitters Club, here.
Kristina Lefever featured on Jefferson Public Radio
“Butterflies and bees are skilled in finding their way from plant to plant. People need a little help. So that’s why the Rogue Buzzway Project came into being… now people who want to track the progress of pollinators can find pollinator hangouts. “
Read the whole article and listen, Rogue Valley Students Help Make Maps To Follow Pollinators here.
Learn more about Kristina Lefever’s project, Rogue Buzzway Project, here.
Christopher McGilvery featured in Dominica News Online
“Members of the non-profit organization Give More HUGS (Help Unite Giving Souls) will travel to Dominica from March 21-26 for a service trip to support school and community partners in the Kalinago Territory. The nonprofit’s mission began on the island of Dominica while founder and Executive Director, Chris McGilvery, and wife and Ross University School of Medicine Alumni, Dr. Taryn McGilvery, lived and experienced the beauty and culture of the island.”
Read the whole article, Give More HUGS nonprofit on mission to assist schools in Dominica here.
Learn more about Christopher McGilvery’s project, Give more HUGS – The Movie, here.
Ravi Keerthi featured in The Indu
“Barely 26, Ravi Keerthi wears many hats. This effervescent engineering graduate, who holds a management diploma, is a committed animal rights activist, an ardent vegan promoter, founder of Mission Vegan Andhra, secretary of Jeevakarunyam Ashram and supporter of World Wildlife Fund.”
Read the whole article, City lad Ravi Keerthi straddles in many activities with remarkable ease here.
Learn more about Ravi Keerthi’s project, Mission Vegan Andhra, here.
Michelle Carrera featured in Main Street Vegan
“In my last blog post “A Vegan in the Middle of a Natural Disaster”, I shared everything I did to survive the days after Hurricane Maria hit my island, Puerto Rico. I wrote that veganism was the way to go in terms of how we can help the planet heal. This follow-up is about veganism in local areas, and helping communities. One of the great things I got to do after the hurricane was go to the streets and feed others. A year before the hurricane, I had the chance to meet the founder of Chilis on Wheels, a non-profit organization that feeds vegan food to people in need of a warm meal. “
Read the whole article, Vegans, Communities and the Hurricane Aftermath, here
Learn more about Michelle Carrera’s project, Chilis On Wheels Puerto Rico Relief, here.
Angela Still featured in The Post and Courier
“Angela Still is on a mission to change the lives of South Carolina’s inmates. The Columbia-area resident founded Karuna Prison Yoga in February 2017 after working with the nonprofit Prison Yoga Project for three years. Through her organization, Still brings trauma-sensitive yoga classes to male and female inmates. “It’s been exhilarating,” she said. “Service yoga is pretty much nonexistent in South Carolina. I’ve gotten more support than I thought I’d get.”Yoga helps inmates while behind bars and after they are released because it teaches them to deal with stress and live in the moment, Still said. “
Read the whole article, Why a Columbia-area woman is teaching yoga to South Carolina’s prison inmates, here
Learn more about Angela Still’s project, Freedom Within, here.
Kausalya Raman featured in UC Davis, Department of Design
Design Student Receives Strauss Foundation Scholarship, March 2018
“Kausalya Raman, a second-year Design and Economics double major at UC Davis, has received a scholarship from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation for her project, English Kadhavu, which helps students in India to become more proficient in English and better prepare them for university. “
Read the whole article, Design Student Receives Strauss Foundation Scholarship, here
Learn more about Kausalya Raman’s project, English Kadhavu, Bridging The Language Divide In India, here.
Samantha Ngcolomba featured in Medium.com
“Many have markedly declared 2018 as the Year of Women. However, at HiiL, we believe that every year is the women’s year. Exceptional women everywhere have been fighting systematic discrimination and gender parity using innovation to bring access to justice to fellow women and their larger communities. In celebration of International Women’s Day, HiiL would like to bring your attention to women who are working to improve legal systems worldwide to bring justice closer to those who need it most.”
Read the article, Wonder Women of #legaltech — Women who inspire us, here.
Learn more about Samantha Ngcolomba’s project, Lady Liberty, here.
Sophia Hanson featured on ABC 6
“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.