2014 Grantees

Meet Abby

My HERlead Project: 
Teaming Up For Kids

My project will make participation on recreational sports teams a reality for every child, including those who are homeless or from very low-income communities, in my home state of New Jersey.

Category:
Community Engagement
Outreach
About Me: 

I am from Long Valley, New Jersey and am a sophomore at The Pingry School. I am very passionate about creating special programs and activities for the children temporarily residing at my local homeless shelter. These children inspired me to find a way to assist other homeless and low-income children throughout the State of New Jersey through the foundation I started, Teams For Kids, Inc. 

Meet Abigail

My HERlead Project: 
Swimming Safety School

My project will expand my 2013 program providing free swimming safety instruction to disadvantaged children to address the risk of drowning.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

I am a junior at Leonardtown High School in the Academy of Global and International Studies. I am passionate about helping others, school and swimming. I serve my community by organizing 5k runs to benefit the food bank, volunteering at the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, and organizing swim lessons for socioeconomically disadvantaged people.

Meet Alexa

My HERlead Project: 
Win With Your Words

My project will bridge the gap between the inner city school district and the affluent surrounding district with a summer debate camp that will help to develop valuable public speaking, research skills, and a greater understanding of each other.     

Category:
Community Engagement
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Blue Valley North from Leawood, Kansas. My passion is debate and I spend countless hours researching and competing during the fall. I also run on my school's cross country team and serve as a Student Council officer. On weekends I volunteer at the local library and animal shelter where my job title is Cat Socializer. 

Meet Alex K.

My HERlead Project: 
Eyes to Hear With

My project proposes weekly programs to give confidence to the deaf and hard of hearing youth to interact in social settings, bridging the gap between students who are deaf/hard of hearing and other students.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I'm a sophomore in high school in Thousand Oaks, California, and I'm currently working to develop closed-captioned movie-theater glasses for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.  I myself am completely deaf in my left ear, born missing two of the three bones in that ear and thus rendering me ineligible for a hearing aid.  I've been on ABC, and have written for Seventeen Magazine, The New York Times Learning Network, Johns Hopkins, and for Hearing Health Magazine. 

Meet Alexandra

My HERlead Project: 
Books Recorded with Love

My project will increase youth literacy and facilitate connections between incarcerated mothers at Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional facility and their children.  By delivering books and technology for mothers to record themselves reading these stories aloud, my project helps strengthen family ties and inspire a love of reading. 

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a junior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York and am passionate about helping children and youth inside and outside my community. They truly have been an inspiration to me. I love being mentally and physically challenged outside of school as a competitive tennis player, ballroom dancer, and beekeeper.

Meet Anna Bell

My HERlead Project: 
Louisiana Green School Challenge

My project will facilitate activities to “green” elementary schools in fun and educational ways, including sponsoring girls in my community to attend a gender and environmental conference and providing teachers with a green curriculum.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I am the USGBC Louisiana Green Schools Youth Ambassador. So far I have had the opportunity to reach out to over 7,000 students all over the state of Louisiana.

Meet Anjana

My HERlead Project: 
Queen's Game

I am expanding my 2013 HERlead Project, a girl’s chess camp, from Milwaukee to Pittsburg. My camps teach girls how to play the game and about the Millennium Development Goals, increasing their confidence and helping them recognize the importance of gender equality. 

Category:
Awareness
Empowerment
About Me: 

My name is Anjana, and I am a junior this year at Shorewood High School in Shorewood, WI. I am the Arts and Entertainment editor for my school newspaper, involved in Student Council, president of Chess Club, and part of the Model UN team. I am also involved in every branch of the science club: president of SMART Team, Lake Sturgeon Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Science Fair. I am a teen board member for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin Council Board of Directors. I am most passionate about chess and Girl Scouting because these are two activities that have really helped shape who I am today.

Meet Ava

My HERlead Project: 
The Lakota Cultural Exchange Program

My project will connect girls from the Lakota tribe and girls from Chicago to build lasting understanding and friendships through a summer camp exchange program. 

Category:
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I'm a junior at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois. I hold a first-degree black belt in Seido Karate, and use my skills to provide self-defense training for disabled teens on the weekends. I have committed most of my energy to the pursuit of enrichment and empowerment opportunities for those who might otherwise not be allotted them. 

Meet Camille

My HERlead Project: 
The Empowerment Project

My project will raise youth awareness of key local, national, and global issues by creating 30 bold art and photography projects with my peers to be displayed in my community.

Category:
Awareness
Empowerment
About Me: 

I live in Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia, and I am a junior at The Lovett School. I play lacrosse and I am a photographer for an organization called Humans of Atlanta because of my love of digital and analog photography and community awareness. I am passionate about photography, history, literature, French, education, empowerment, and awareness. 

Meet Carolina

My HERlead Project: 
Scholar Society

My project will expand on my 2013 HERlead Project to close the achievement gap through after-school enrichment programs and networking lunches for low income and first generation students.

Category:
Education
Networking
About Me: 

I am a Hispanic American from Centreville, VA. I am currently a sophomore at Westfield High School, where I run track, volunteer with the Key Club, and serve as my class treasurer. I am very passionate about reading, volunteering and traveling. A fun fact about me is that I hold a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Meet Catherine

My HERlead Project: 
Pink Portrait Project (“P3”)

My project will provide free portraits to breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families to honor their courage and resilience.

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut. I play on our school soccer team and volunteer for a local grassroots tennis program as a mentor and community liaison. In the coming year, my goal is to serve women and their families in the breast cancer journey. Outside of school, I spend my time skiing at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.

Meet Charlotte

My HERlead Project: 
Green Art, Green Worth

I’m taking my 2013 HERlead Project to the next level, promoting environmental stewardship through recycled art classes for children, high school students, and adults.

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I am a junior in high school from a little Bavarian tourist town called Leavenworth in the middle of Washington State. I am involved in many academic teams at my school such as science bowl and speech and debate, and I am passionate about women's rights around the world and protecting the environment. Fun facts about me are that I can recite pi to the 100th digit, I was born on a leap year so I have only had four birthdays, and I have climbed the three tallest mountains in Washington.

Meet Claire C.

My HERlead Project: 
Girl 2 Girl

My project will connect eight grade girls with high school mentors, and both groups with accomplished women leaders in my community in various networking settings to create a cycle of mentorship amongst women at different stages of leadership.

Category:
Mentorship
Networking
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Liberty High School in Madera, California. I play volleyball, basketball, and participate in Mock Trial and Drama. I also founded a community service club for my fellow students called Students 4 Community: Project College. I am passionate about volunteering at Children's Hospital, Central California. 

Meet Claire M.

My HERlead Project: 
Don’t Conceal to Heal

My project will develop a series of workshops for my peers to think critically about and decrease the stigma around mental illness.

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I am from New York City and I am a junior at Solebury School, a boarding school in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I play lacrosse and field hockey. I am passionate about helping others and working to erase the stigma surrounding mental health care.

Meet Elanie

My HERlead Project: 
Let's Talk!

My project will create a series of health workshops and an online discussion space on sexual health for young women in my community.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I live in Riverdale, New York and I am currently a junior at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. I am involved in my school's multi-cultural club and co-president of our fighting gender stereotypes club. I am passionate about women's rights and helping young girls reach their highest potential. I love choreographing dances and performing.

Meet Erin

My HERlead Project: 
Explorers

My project will make science more accessible to elementary school students, exposing them to fun science experiments and trips with high school volunteers.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

I live in Williamston, Michigan and am currently a junior at Williamston High School. I participate in my schools National Honor Society, Marching band, symphony band, and jazz band, as well as a member of the tennis team. I'm passionate about getting youth involved in their community and helping raise awareness about poverty and human rights.

Meet Hanna

My HERlead Project: 
Girls Economic Empowerment Initiative

My project will connect American students with girls in Myanmar through a web-based entrepreneurship and leadership curriculum.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a senior at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. I currently serve as the Chairperson of the Florida Youth Commission, a youth advisory body to the state of Florida. I am also a founding member of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence’s Youth Advisory Board. 

Meet Jacqueline

My HERlead Project: 
Giving Back is the New Black

My project will expand my 2012 HERlead Project by creating a peer-to-peer mentoring program between high school and college students. We’ll also host networking events including Dress for Success in collaboration with LOFT.

Category:
Mentorship
Networking
About Me: 

I am from Streamwood, Illinois. My work in public service has granted me the duty of equipping young students with the resources needed to succeed. I am devoted towards pursuing a career in Public Policy and Economics. 

Meet Jamayrah

My HERlead Project: 
My Life Movement

My project will host an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding student leaders in my community, highlighting them as role models and raising awareness about key issues concerning youth in Trenton, New Jersey.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am currently an junior grader at Trenton Catholic Academy. I aspire to become the future senator of New Jersey on behalf of my passion for politics and law. "Dont feed yourself with words, and starve yourself of actions." is the motto because faith without works is dead.

Meet Jeanesha

My HERlead Project: 
It’s About Trafficking

My project will raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking amongst the Dominican population in Puerto Rico through educational workshops and a new library with 300 books dedicated to human trafficking.

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I currently live in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. I am a 10th grade student at the Dr. Juan J. Osuna High School in San Juan, which specializes in Radio and Television. I'm a Girl Scout, Ricky Martin Foundation Volunteer, Literacy Program teacher at the Dominican Alliance, Leo Club President and a Human Rights Activist.

Meet Karina

My HERlead Project: 
Club in a Box!

My project will introduce underprivileged students in five schools to computer science and programming through fun games and activities, all from a box!

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at The Dalton School in New York City. I'm especially passionate about computer science and math, and want to help inspire underprivileged youth about the limitless possibilities of technology. I also love writing and am the current events editor for my school newspaper. A fun fact about me is that I am nearly fluent in Mandarin.

Meet Kate

My HERlead Project: 
Students Advocating for Accountability in the Media

My project will establish media literacy clubs in my local middle and high school to equip girls to use their voice to challenge misrepresentations of women in the media.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am currently a junior at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts where I am the head of SADD and on the board of entrepreneurship club as well as involved in a program called “Invest In Girls”. I am very passionate about social justice issues, mentoring younger girls, and my work as a camp counselor for children with disabilities. I love learning about different cultures and meeting new people, so my dream is to spend an entire year traveling around the world, completely immersing myself in the culture and language of each place I go.   

Meet Katie T.

My HERlead Project: 
Community Refugee Outreach Start Up

My project will launch a tutoring and mentoring program between high school students who are native English speakers with Karen students in my hometown to foster lasting friendships across cultures.

Category:
Mentorship
Outreach
About Me: 

I am interested in the outdoors and people, specifically kids.  I am inspired by the idea that I live my life in a way that I can be proud of what I achieved and the person I am. I was born in Kailua, Hawaii where I lived until I was 10.  Now I am a junior at East Chapel Hill High in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where I am part of the Social Justice Academy, swim, and work at the farmers market.

Meet Laurie

My HERlead Project: 
Stamp Out Human Trafficking

I will build on the success of my 2013 HERlead Project by raising awareness and mobilizing support for an anti-human trafficking bill in the Florida state legislature.

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I am currently a sophomore, and my hometown is Tallahassee, Florida. I play tennis and run. I am passionate about human rights, animal rights and the environment. A fun fact about me is that I am double jointed and can fold my tongue into a three-leaf clover.

Meet Laura

My HERlead Project: 
Stand Up G.I.R.L.

My project will expand my 2013 HERlead Project by building a base of dedicated student leaders during a three day leadership summit to continue the campaign to prevent child abuse in schools throughout Puerto Rico.

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I am from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and I am the fifth child in a family of six siblings. I am currently in tenth grade at Juan Suarez Pelegrina High School.  As a Girl Scout I have received the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Awards as well as religious awards. I am passionate about volunteering and community service. At school, my academic interests are math, science and student organizations such as the National Honor Society and 4H Club, and after school I enjoy acting, dancing, singing, modeling and cooking. I have been a Girls Scout for the past ten years, and I am also a Venture Boy Scout.

Meet Lauren

My HERlead Project: 
Youth Environmental Action Halton Hills

My project will motivate youth in my community to get involved in environmental advocacy through bi-monthly service projects and an Outdoor Classroom Initiative competition between local elementary schools.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

I am currently a Grade 10 French immersion student from Georgetown, Ontario, a small town outside of Toronto. My greatest passions are science, sports and helping in my community. I volunteer at the local hospital and with the Mayor's Youth Action Committee. A fun fact about me is that I can recite the alphabet backwards in under 5 seconds! 

Meet Lindsay

My HERlead Project: 
Greater Boston Summit

My project will build on my 2013 HERlead project, the Girls’ Empowerment Workshops, by engaging in youth throughout Boston to discuss global issues such as human trafficking, gender inequality, education and poverty.

Category:
Awareness
Networking
About Me: 

I am a junior from Quincy High School, located in Quincy, which is only one train stop from Boston. I am involved in Student Council, MASC, Rotary Youth, Girl Scouts and Model UN. I am passionate about women in leadership, especially in STEM, business and politics. One fun fact about me is that I am the youngest of four girls!

Meet Marilu

My HERlead Project: 
STEM Vixens

My project will establish workshops for girls in my state to inspire more girls to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and build valuable leadership skills.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior grader at Deltona highs school in Deltona, Florida. My passion is computer science, which inspired me to host my own summer camp in early June where I will teach middle school girls how to make android apps in the MIT App inventor. I enjoy volunteering and aspire to go to Stanford University for computer science and graphic arts.

Meet Marley

My HERlead Project: 
Resumes That Open Doors

My project will host in partnership with local organizations a two day resume writing and business skills workshop for women living in a shelter in Philadelphia.

Category:
Community Service
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a small suburb of Philadelphia and am a junior at Radnor High School. During my freshman year of high school I started running with Back on My Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization that engages people experiencing homelessness in running. Currently, I am a BoMF team leader for Team House of Passage, which is associated with a women’s shelter in West Philadelphia, and am also the co-vice-president for my high school Best Buddies program. My passion is working with people experiencing homelessness. 

Meet Mary Kate

My HERlead Project: 
Cancer Couture

My project will raise awareness about childhood cancer and its emotional impact through a social media campaign, #CoutureFor, and donating hats to patients in local hospitals.

Category:
Awareness
Community Service
About Me: 

I reside in the small town of Watson, Louisiana and am a junior at Live Oak High school. I am involved in many clubs at my school, including Live Oak High's very own REACH Club, committed to bridging the social gap between students with and without intellectual disabilities. My passion is childhood cancer awareness; the yellow ribbon is one that is often overlooked. 

Meet Meera

My HERlead Project: 
Art You

My project will build confidence and leadership skills in local youth through interactive art sessions and a final art showcase. 

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I'm a junior from Bellevue, Washington pursuing my 2nd year of the I.B. Diploma program in Interlake High School. Being a classical South Indian dancer, I’m passionate about spreading awareness of classical art forms, especially amongst youth. I also love science and am involved in scientific research. Besides dance and science, I enjoy baking, reading, and staring out of windows on rainy days – there’s something quite magical about the pitter-patter of Seattle rain!

Meet Nadya

My HERlead Project: 
Camions of Care

My project will distribute feminine hygiene products weekly to homeless women and girls in my community.

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I'm Nadya Okamoto, a big sister, dancer, and sophomore at Catlin Gabel High School in Portland, Oregon. I am the founder and captain of my school's Dance Team, and am involved in my school's Mock Trial, Model UN, and Junior State of America team. I am most passionate about giving everyone a chance at a stable life, or at least a place to feel safe and secure.

Meet Rara

My HERlead Project: 
Athens Art Project

My project will host weekly art classes to elementary school students living in Athens-Georgia housing projects to provide an outlet for self-expression and learn about educational scholarships.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am from Athens, Georgia where I am a sophomore at Athens Academy. I mentor impoverished youth through an arts program. I am very passionate about social justice, human rights, and learning about Africa. I love listening to roots reggae music!

Meet Rebecca

My HERlead Project: 
Art For Awareness: Painting Heals Campaign

My project will engage students and victims of domestic violence to create a public mural in Long Island to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Category:
Awareness
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior at Syosset High School in Long Island, New York and I am passionate about art, literature, foreign languages, sciences, and community service. I am on the national Youth Auxiliary Board for the DoSomething Clubs, which allows me to create campaigns to change the world, like the program for donating books and art supplies to battered women that I created earlier this year. I am also extremely passionate about my involvement in the Youth Action Board of Variety, a preschool for autistic children and my volunteer position at HorseAbility, where disabled children learn to ride horses as a form of therapy. 

Meet Samsara

My HERlead Project: 
Read to Excel

My project will provide tutors to teach ESL classes to new immigrants in my community, focusing on essential reading, writing, and math curriculum.

Category:
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and am a sophomore at Albuquerque Academy. I am passionate about the quality of education in my community. It's my goal, and the focus of multiple projects, to provide a strong, useful education to all children, like the one I've been so fortunate to have. At school, I am the captain of our Mock Trial program; it's a great experience speaking, acting and learning about the law.

Meet Shiza

My HERlead Project: 
Project Reach

My project will raise youth awareness of three main social problems - education, poverty, and violence - and address each in creative ways such as mentoring elementary school students and placing engaging art around my city.

Category:
Awareness
Mentorship
About Me: 

I live in Chicago, Illinois where I attend Northside College Prep for my junior year. When I am not reading, some of my favorite hobbies include volunteering at a local animal shelter, participating in the IIT Boeing Scholars Program, and  attending meetings with the CPS Student Advisory Council where I discuss problems within my city's school system with the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. I hope to one day make as big a difference in the lives of those around me as people in my life have done for me.

Meet Stephanie

My HERlead Project: 
Chicos and Kids

My project will build a network of teenagers to provide tutoring and support for refugees from Central America.

Category:
Community Engagement
Education
About Me: 

I live in Germantown, Maryland and I am a sophomore in St. Andrew's Episcopal School. I am very dedicated to playing tennis and lacrosse at school, as well as being a part of the diversity club. I love creative writing and plan on submitting one of my poems to my school's literary magazine. I have been learning Chinese for about three years outside of school and take Latin and Spanish in school. My main interest is my organization Chicos and Kids.

Meet Stuti

My HERlead Project: 
Pronounce It!

My project will host monthly pronunciation workshops for immigrant adults at my local library to help this community in social and professional interactions.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore in high school at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida. I was born in India and came to America when I was one year old. As the runner-up of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, I naturally have a deep passion for language and words. I love to present complex and abstract linguistic ideas in simple, understandable ways, which I have done through my blog at http://spellingmantra.com. and my bimonthly club at my local library, "Saturdays with Stuti."

Meet Teresa G.

My HERlead Project: 
Mother Daughter Workshops

My project aims to strengthen the relationships between mothers and daughters through weekly life skills workshops that equip them with information on health and pursuing higher education.

Category:
Empowerment
Healthy Eating
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at El Camino High School in Oceanside, California. I am passionate about making a difference by reaching others, taking risks, and doing what I love to do, including dance, community service, running and playing soccer. My family inspires me to persevere through every situation as their sacrifices, unconditional love and support, and commitment have taught me to never underestimate my abilities and to try my best in everything I do to.

Meet Chloe

My HERlead Project: 
Chinese Exchange Program

My project will facilitate workshops on traditional Chinese art forms, connecting students who will have recently traveled to China with others in our community. 

Category:
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I am from KunMing, China, but came to the United States for school. I am a junior at Shattuck St-Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota. I am passionate about fashion design, volunteering and psychology. I am the first student in my school to design and made an actual dress for myself!