2012 Grantees

Meet Alana

My HERlead Project: 
Theatre Connection

My project will pair high school volunteers and teens with special needs, and together they will create and perform an original play in their community.

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

All my life I have been passionate about three things: music, sports, and social action. I play the piano and I sing, along with snowboarding, playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. Every Sunday, I work with the special needs community in my area, and seeing the looks on the participants' faces brings me the most joy. I am also a part of a slots no deposit teen grant-giving group and we do our own fundraising, allocating the funds to organizations we are passionate about. In the future, I see myself doing something in the field of social action. Learn more about my HERlead Project.

Meet Beemnet

My HERlead Project: 
Changing Minds

Changing Minds will provide academic and social support to immigrant students at my high school in the form of peer to peer mentorship, facilitated parent-teacher and parent-student conferences, and weekly gatherings.

Category:
Mentorship
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a high school senior from Silver Spring, Maryland. I love to learn about other cultures, and have taken leadership roles in the Global Cultural Club and the Ethiopian/Eritrean club at my school. I am a school Ambassador and involved in coordinating school activities. Additionally, I am a member of the National Honors Society, Science Honors Society, and the W.E.B Du Bois Honors Society. I enjoy science and math and am also part of the STEM academy. My ultimate goal is to become an OB/GYN. In my spare time, besides helping others, I like to tutor and play tennis.

Meet Clare

My HERlead Project: 
Fighting Injustice Through Youth Art

My project engages teenagers in social justice and global awareness through public art. Each month volunteer youth artists will create an art piece to raise awareness about a community issue and will then display their artwork throughout Seattle, Washington.

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

My name is Clare and I am a high school junior. I love the visual and performing arts, traveling, reading, spending time in the outdoors, and sports. I am the president of our Shirts Across America Chapter, which sends students down to New Orleans over Spring Break to help rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Katrina. My biggest passion is community service, and specifically, getting young people involved in their community. Learn more about my HERlead Project

Meet Diana

My HERlead Project: 
Proyecto Educación

Proyecto Educación will bring high school students to Guatemala for four weeks to teach math and English to low-income youth. My project aims to promote the value of education as a stepping stone for a successful future to the youth in El Triunfo.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

Even as a kid, I thought I knew what justice was. However, my belief was shaken when I traveled to rural Guatemala to teach English for four weeks. Inspired, yet challenged by these injustices, my passion for empowering the poor and marginalized grew immensely. As I continue to mature, I hope to critically assess, develop, and expand my goals of becoming an effective and compassionate lawyer, diplomat, and advocate.

Meet Emily K.

My HERlead Project: 
Cooking up a Change

My program teaches underprivileged families healthy eating habits through informative cooking classes. 

Category:
Education
Healthy Eating
About Me: 

My name is Emily and I am a high school junior from Louisville, Kentucky.  At my school I am active in Student Government, the Student Activities Committee, and the Diversity Leadership Team. I also serve as a school ambassador, and run cross country. I am the youngest of three girls and love to travel, entertain and cook. My project addresses two major issues in my community, poverty and hunger, and incorporates my passion for cooking. Learn more about my HERlead Project.

Meet Emily W.

My HERlead Project: 
Youth Empowerment through Community Service

Organize students at my high school to make a positive impact through year-long community service projects. My high school will then connect with six other high schools in the region to plan and implement a large scale community service project.

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a people person; I love connecting with people in my school and community. I am my school’s Student Body President and am involved in Student Council. I am the secretary of both my school's ASTRA Club (the high school chapter of Altrusa International) and National Honor Society chapter. I play volleyball year-round and spend my free time biking with my dad and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Colorado. I aim to connect student councils in my area to their communities and to each other as well as increase my school’s involvement in community service.

Meet Hanna

My HERlead Project: 
The Girls Leadership Network Summit

The Global Leadership Network Summit will bring together high school girls and local and national female leaders in a day-long event promoting leadership, mentoring, and networking. The goal is to inspire young girls to pursue leadership positions in their community and around the world. 

Category:
Mentorship
Networking
About Me: 

I am a high school senior from Tallahassee, Florida. I am passionate about youth activism and serve as the Chair of the Florida Youth Commission, am a founding member of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence Youth Advisory Board, and the only youth member appointed to the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. I hope to continue to promote activism, leadership, and mentoring through my project, the Girls Leadership Network. Learn more about my HERlead Project.

Meet Mahsheed

My HERlead Project: 
Afghan Youth Reading Association

The Afghan Youth Reading Association is a book club that will bring together high school students with the goal of increasing members’ tolerance and respect for religious, cultural, and ethnic differences and raise awareness about social issues in Afghanistan. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
Literature
About Me: 

My name is Mahsheed and I am from Afghanistan. I enjoy discussions about global issues, reading and creative writing. I go to school in Maryland, where I am a member of Model United Nations, Student Ambassadors, International Club, and community service club. I play volleyball and basketball. Growing up in a country where women have been treated with violence for a very long time, I realized that talking alone does not help a society to grow equally—it is action that is important for a better and brighter future. Learn more about my HERlead Project.

Meet Monica

My HERlead Project: 
Bridging the Gender Gap in the Field of Technology

My project will invite 4th and 5th grade girls to an introductory workshop on technology and technical careers. The workshop will include hands-on activities that build participants’ confidence in their technical skills, and provide a support network. The workshop will include training on how to deal with the gender gap in both the classroom and the workforce.

Category:
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a senior from Colorado, and an avid Jane Austen, e. e. cummings, and Eminem fan. I enjoy volunteering in at a local hospital—where I get to put my Spanish language skills to use—and captaining my Speech & Debate team to victory. I am passionate about changing the world through technology, especially closing the gender gap in the Computer Science and Engineering field. In my future, I hope to use my computer science background to create technologies that will help people in developing countries to receive basic resources, such as access to medical care.

Meet Rachel

My HERlead Project: 
Kids Meeting Point

Kids Meeting Point is an online magazine and discussion forum to encourage and foster cross cultural understanding among middle school children. The magazine, accessible online at KidsMeetingPoint.com, will educate youth about different cultures through key facts, educational games, recipes, and music.

Category:
Awareness
Education
About Me: 

I’m a high school senior from Atlanta. I love research and writing, and get to pursue both as the section editor for my school's newspaper. I started the Grady Activism Club at my school, to enable like-minded students with a passion for making a difference to design and implement projects that effect such change. I also love to travel and learn new languages. I am interested in understanding how to reduce cross cultural conflicts and believe that an important way to achieve this goal is to educate children at an early stage about the value and beauty of cross cultural differences.

Meet Roshni

My HERlead Project: 
Teen Court Volunteer Leadership Development

My program will provide Teen Court youth volunteers with leadership training so that the Teen Court system will be more successful in serving at-risk youth and lowering recidivism rates in Indianapolis.

Category:
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a high school senior and an advocate for at-risk youth in Central Indiana, serving on the Board of Directors of Reach for Youth, an organization that facilitates an alternate court system called Teen Court, which gives juvenile delinquents a second chance, leading to lower recidivism rates. I hope to have a career in medicine and regularly volunteer at my local hospital.

Meet Savannah

My HERlead Project: 
S*H*O*W (Stage Housed On Wheels)

Construct a S*H*O*W (Stage Housed On Wheels) for at-risk youth participating in drama classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia. The S*H*O*W piece will be a mobile tool to develop creativity through theater.

Category:
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a high school junior in Midlothian, Virginia. I am very passionate about the power of performance and teaching young children in my area about how the performing arts can be a vehicle for inspiring confidence, compassion, and a love of country. I’ve been a performer all my life and currently serve as a captain to my show choir and dance team, study in the Radio City Rockettes Intensive program, and perform in community musicals. I also provide individually tailored musical outreach shows to nursing homes, veterans, and students with the help of my siblings.

Meet Sydney

My HERlead Project: 
The Metro Review

Create and sell The Metro Review, a literary magazine whose profits will be used to buy books for under-privileged children. My project aims to increase literacy in St. Louis while also providing a platform for writers to use their voice to effect social change.

Category:
Education
Literature
Outreach
About Me: 

My name is Sydney and I am a high school senior. I enjoy being an active participant in my school and local community. At school I am involved in Student Council, the policy debate team, concert band, the Pet Advocacy Leaders program, and the Metro Review, our school’s literary magazine. Outside of school I enjoy volunteering on various political campaigns, in local day care centers, and in animal shelters in the area. Giving back to the community has always been a great passion of mine, which I hope to foster for years to come.

Meet Yuyi

My HERlead Project: 
Free2bFemale

My program will provide free feminine hygiene products to financially disadvantaged women and girls, in collaboration with a local women’s center.

Category:
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I'm a senior in high school from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Some of my activities include playing the flute, making crafts, playing badminton, eating, sewing, painting, taking photos, and spending time with family and friends. My passion for empowering women and girls has influenced me to reach out in the community and beyond.