2015 Grantees

Meet Abby B.

My HERlead Project: 
Teaming Up For Kids

I am expanding my 2014 program, which aims to 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 senior at The Pingry School. For the past five years, I have hosted a special program for the children temporarily residing at my local homeless shelter called “Fun With Abby.” These children inspired me start the nonprofit organization, Teams For Kids Foundation, Inc., which enables underprivileged youth in New Jersey to play recreational sports.

Meet Abby C.

My HERlead Project: 
Voices for Change

My project will bring together different stakeholders to create dialogue and raise awareness of the intersection of race and police brutality in the greater Cleveland area. 

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I am a junior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio. I am passionate about social justice and raising awareness of social issues, which led me to begin educating young students in my community about the harm of stereotypes and discrimination. Outside of school, I tutor, play field hockey, and run track. 

Meet Alisha

My HERlead Project: 
Kids First Project

My project will provide crucial recreational activities and educational tools to children in shelters in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in Portland, Oregon. 

Category:
Community Service
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. I serve as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights where I can pursue my passions of fighting for human rights and social justice. In my free time, I enjoy playing lacrosse, hiking, and listening to country music.

Meet Amanda

My HERlead Project: 
One Pen One Page

My project will acheive social change and youth leadership in Los Angeles by promoting youth literacy, creative writing and mentorship.

Category:
Education
Literature
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a junior at New Roads High School in Santa Monica, California. I have served as a United Nations Youth Delegate and was the first Youth Poet of Los Angeles. Apart from writing, I love to dance and act. I’m already planning to run for President in 2036!

Meet Angie

My HERlead Project: 
Bear Smarts

My project will create a peer tutoring club where students will be able to receive both subject area and organizational support in my high school in Palm Beach, Florida.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Bayside High School in Palm Bay, FL. I love volunteering in all capacities, but I particularly enjoy being a tutor. I love to play my flute and have been a member of the wind ensemble at my school for the past two years.

Meet Anna Bell

My HERlead Project: 
Louisiana Green Schools Challenge

I will be expanding my 2014 HERlead Project, Louisiana Green Schools Challenge, which raises awareness of environmentally sustainable practices among local schools.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I am the USGBC Louisiana Green Schools Youth Ambassador. Over the past 2 years I have had the opportunity to reach out to over 15,000 students and teachers all over the state of Louisiana with the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge. As a result, I spoke as a keynote speaker at the Green Schools Conference  on the importance of Green Schools and Communities following Hurricane Katrina.

Meet Annisha

My HERlead Project: 
Each One Teach One- Summer Enrichment Program

My project provides a free summer enrichment program designed to mitigate summer learning loss for first through fourth graders from low-income families in Alabama.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Florence High School in Florence, Alabama. Tutoring elementary school students has taught me the power of quality education and the importance of empowering girls through education. Some of my hobbies include piano and basketball.

Meet Beemnet

My HERlead Project: 
Wonder Women

My project will connect women in shelters in Baltimore to women in shelters in Addis Ababa to share stories of their struggles and provide support to one another.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am currently a nursing student at Towson University. I have enjoyed being an HERlead fellow, grantee and delegate. Each role has provided me tremendous amount of experience, that of which I greatly appreciate! My previous project focused on cross-cultural exchange among immigrant students in my high school, while my current focuses on the security and health of women in my community. 

Meet Camille

My HERlead Project: 
The Empowerment Project

My project will expand upon my 2014 HERlead Project and promote awareness of genocide, genocide prevention and sexual violence within conflict at Columbia University.

Category:
Awareness
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and I am currently a first-year student at Columbia University, where I study political science, economics, and human rights. I am very passionate about digital and analog photography, documentary film, French, and Arabic. I am dedicated to genocide awareness and prevention, refugee education, and prevention of sexual violence in conflict. I use my love for photography and film to spread awareness about these issues. 

Meet Caroline

My HERlead Project: 
Project New Campus

My project will provide tutoring, mentoring, and youth activities to disadvantaged students in Traverse City, Michigan.

Category:
Community Engagement
Mentorship
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a student at Grand Traverse Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. I am actively involved in science and leadership activities as I participate in a dual-enrollment program with a STEM academy in my community. Outside of school I play for the community lacrosse, field hockey, and rowing teams. 

Meet Cassie

My HERlead Project: 
Recognizing Beauty

My project will use social media to promote positive body image and to help girls understand the beauty is not defined by one specific shape and size.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. I love playing field hockey and squash, and being a coxswain in crew. I am involved in sustainability programs and I am very passionate about improving living conditions in the world by bringing people together to join the movement.

Meet Catherine

My HERlead Project: 
Pink Portrait Project

 My project will support and celebrate women impacted by breast cancer by creating a community of photographers nationwide who provide free portrait sessions.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a senior at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut, where I write for our school newspaper. I am the founder of the Pink Portrait Project and the Roodner Court Micro-Finance Club, which teaches social investing to students from local underserved communities. In addition, I serve as a mentor to students in an area grassroots tennis program. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.
 

Meet Charlotte

My HERlead Project: 
ARTICULATE

My project will expand upon my 2013 and 2014 HERlead Projects, ARTICULATE, which works with high school and college student to use visual art as a tool for social change in their communities.

Category:
Community Engagement
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont, and I am passionate about empowering people to speak out through art. Before starting college, I took a semester off to create Articulate. I combine my passions for art, global awareness and public speaking to create an integrated and accessible curriculum that thoughtfully introduces students to a large range of important issues. I also run my own art business, Charred Latte Art, where I focus on promoting empathy through art. 

Meet Chelsea

My HERlead Project: 
Dare to Dream

My project will create an afterschool program for girls ages 9-14 in New York City public schools that focuses on empowerment through mentorship and group activities.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Columbia University studying political schience and business management. On campus, I am a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Committee, Columbia's Mentor Initiative, and PREP which is tutoring incarcerated youth. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I've been exposed to the inequities within urbanism. As a result, my greatest passions are  community outreach, women's rights, education, and law. My motto is, dare to dream! I hope to one day travel the world promoting social justice, peace building, and uniting marginalized communities.

Meet Claire

My HERlead Project: 
Girl 2 Girl

I will continue my 2014 HERlead Project, which pairs eighth grade girls with high school junior girls in order to prepare them for the challenges of high school in Madera, California

Category:
Mentorship
Networking
About Me: 

As a senior at Liberty High School in Madera, California, I'm committed to empowering young girls to be successful in high school and ultimately in the world.   I founded a community service club for my fellow students called Students 4 Community: Project College and a mentoring program for girls called Girl 2 Girl.  I also play volleyball, basketball, and participate in Mock Trial and Drama.  I am passionate about volunteering as a Patient Care Specialist at Valley Children's Hospital.

Meet Elanie

My HERlead Project: 
Ignited Voices

 My project will organize regular train the trainer workshops for young girls focusing on topics such as sexual health, self-care, and goal setting. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I live in Riverdale, New York and I am currently a senior 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 Ellie

My HERlead Project: 
G2-LEAD (Girls to Learn, Experience, And Discover)

My project will work to bridge the gender gap in business by connecting high school aged girls to businesses and businesswomen mentors in the Boston area.

Category:
Education
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Milton Academy from Weston, Massachusetts. I play soccer and basketball, and participate in a program called Invest in Girls. My passion for gender equality and business has sparked my interest in creating a program that would provide early exposure for young girls to business. 

Meet Elika

My HERlead Project: 
The Baby Box Project

My project will provide a box of infant care necessities to low-income families with newborns in Georgia.

Category:
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior at Centennial High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bollywood dancing and reading anything and everything are two of my favorite things to do. I am very passionate about a career in the medical field and I aspire to empower young girls by introducing them to different aspects of healthcare.

Meet Elyse

My HERlead Project: 
Positively Post It

My project will launch a nationwide campaign on post-it style sticky notes to promote positive uses of social media.

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I’m a junior at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. I’m actively involved in student government and the volleyball team, where I play libero.  I was Co-Creator of Positively Post-It, a campaign we held at our school to encourage positive social media posts.

Meet Emily

My HERlead Project: 
Awareness Apparel

My project will raise awareness about human rights abuses in the clothing industry through the sale of socially conscious products.

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, New York. I am a member of Model United Nations and a volunteer with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.  Outside of school, I enjoy painting, sewing, ice skating and soccer. 

Meet Enerys

My HERlead Project: 
Young Scientists for Puerto Rico: Building the Blocks for a Brighter Future

My project will provide a space for high school students interested in scientific fields to establish connections within the science community in order to help them develop the talents and skills.

Category:
Education
Networking
About Me: 

I am a junior at Brígida Alvarez Rodríguez, a specialized school in science and mathematics in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. My passion for science led me to create Jóvenes Científicos por Puerto Rico to inspire others to use the scientific method to provide solutions to problems affecting their communities. I am a member of the Puerto Rico Girl Scouts Robotic Team and the Coordinator of my school Robotic Club.

Meet Gabi

My HERlead Project: 
Lower Litter Lunches

My project will reduce waste in my Maryland high school by implementing a more efficient recycling system that incorporates composting.

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I'm a junior attending Rockville High School in Maryland.  I am extremely passionate about environmental protection issues, and I hope to gain a political position in the future to promote legislation related to environmental issues.  In my free time I fence, read, and listen to lots of different types of music, whether it's old punk rock or indie electronic.  

Meet Hannah H.

My HERlead Project: 
Looking Ahead 4 Kids

My project will provide emotional support through recreational activity for chronically ill children each week in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

 

Category:
Community Engagement
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior at The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, and I believe in the power of women, service, and leadership! I founded Looking Ahead 4 Kids, a non-profit that leads service programs to spread awareness of chronic illness and inspire self-discovery through serving others. When I’m not leading programs, I love to study anatomy and physiology, have fun with friends, and play violin and viola. 

Meet Hannah S.

My HERlead Project: 
To Infinity and Beyond!

My project will create an after-school robotics and STEM program for students in underfunded schools in South Central LA.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

In my high school, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada, California, I run cross country and compete in Academic Decathlon. After taking a robotics course at my school, I was motivated to improve access to STEM education. I hope to use robotics as a catalyst to inspire Los Angeles youth to maximize their potential in scientific fields.

Meet Ileri

My HERlead Project: 
Code Red

My project will provide feminine hygiene products to women in the Atlanta area that would otherwise not be able to afford them.

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 
I am a junior at Duluth High School in Metro Atlanta, GA. I am currently involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Model United Nations, and the Duluth High School Junior Varsity soccer team. I am passionate about helping young women stay healthy.

Meet Jaiden

My HERlead Project: 
Female Freelance Coder Workshop

My project will help women capitalize on their coding ability through weekly seminars and workshops in the Chicago area.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I'm a junior at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. Through my acting career I have had the opportunity to use stage and film to tackle issues like human rights and cyberbullying. I love coding and share this passion with other girls through a Girls Who Code chapter and at workshops teaching mothers and daughters about coding and better yet...eating cupcakes!

Meet Karina

My HERlead Project: 
Club in a Box

My project will expand upon my 2014 HERlead Project, Club in a Box, which introduces underprivileged students in several schools to computer science and programming through fun games and activities.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a senior at The Dalton School in New York City. Computer Science is one of my driving passions and I want to give other children, especially those from underprivileged communities and underfunded schools, the opportunity to learn it too. I also love politics and international affairs and am the Editor-in-Chief of my school's political magazine, RealPolitik. In my spare time, I can be found on the tennis courts; I am also the captain of my school's Varsity Tennis Team. A fun fact about me is that I am nearly fluent in Mandarin.

Meet Kasandra

My HERlead Project: 
Fashion S.E.N.C.E (Sewable Electronics N' Coding Education)

My project will address the gender gap in computer science by teaching middle school girls basic coding concepts through fashion-centered lesson plans.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a senior at the Advance Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, Massachusetts. I'm secretary of my school's National Honor Society and enjoy teaching computer science classes. I love playing volleyball, drawing, and cooking!

Meet Kate

My HERlead Project: 
Queer Students Organization

My project will create a much needed support network for LGBTQ teenagers from 18 schools in New York and Connecticut. 

Category:
Community Engagement
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior at Greenwich Academy from Rowayton, Connecticut. I am equally passionate about the arts and the sciences; I sing with the Madrigals and perform in school plays, I compete with our robotics team and write for our science newspaper. I care deeply about human rights and environmental conservation.

Meet Katherine

My HERlead Project: 
Give a Girl a Lab Coat

My project will focus on the K-12 gender gap in science and technology fields by creating a two week long summer camp in Minnesota for middle school girls lead by high school mentors. 

Category:
Education
Mentorship
About Me: 
I’m a sophomore at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. I am passionate about science and bringing more diversity into this area of study. I am a captain of the Mock Trial team, and I participate in Science Olympiad and the varsity golf team. I hope to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. 

Meet Laura

My HERlead Project: 
Levantate... Dile no al Maltrato

My project will continue my 2013 and 2014 HERlead Projects which fight against child abuse in Puerto Rico through an awareness campaign and by working with the government to integrate abuse awareness into the Puerto Rican Health Class curriculum.

Category:
Awareness
Education
About Me: 

I am from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico but I am currently a freshmen at Barnard College in NYC.  For 6 years I have worked to create an awareness and prevention campaign against child abuse. I have also participated in varies of programs in the US which have helped me define my goals of wanting to pursue a major in Economics and Human Rights. I am a lifelong Girl Scout’s member and was selected as a 2014 Girl Scout´s Young Women of Distinction. This summer, I also worked with Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives and the Department of Education to further the prevention campaign against child abuse. 

Meet Lauren

My HERlead Project: 
Debate Like a Girl

My project aims to reduce the gender gap in high school debate teams by holding a series of after-school workshops for middle school girls in Little Rock, giving them the tools to debate and compete early on. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. I have danced competitively for ten years and participated in policy debate for two years. I love to read, write, and spend time with my friends. I am extremely passionate about politics and am determined to foster this same interest in young girls in my community.

Meet Lilia

My HERlead Project: 
Carry-On With the News

My project will provide journalism courses to fourth and fifth graders in Glen Rock, New Jersey, the tuition cost of which will be a  a suitcase for a foster child in the area.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

I am a junior at Glen Rock High School in northern New Jersey. I am a competitive dancer and the Print Editor-in-Chief of my school’s newspaper. Using my passion for journalism, I started a newspaper club for 5th and 6th graders where the tuition for the course is a new suitcase for a foster child

Meet Marlen

My HERlead Project: 
Girls 4 Change

My project will work to inspire Latina girls ages 12-17 to follow their professional passions through a forum held in San Diego, California.

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, California. At my school, I am a member of the tennis team, the Speech Team, and serve as an Anti-Defamation League Peer Trainer. I am passionate about helping others, especially helping empower more women leaders. 

Meet Mary Kate

My HERlead Project: 
Cancer Couture

My project will expand my 2014 HERlead Project, Cancer Couture, by continuing to raise awareness for childhood and teenage cancer and provide emotional support, funding, and donate hats to young cancer patients. 

Category:
Awareness
Community Service
About Me: 

I am currently attending Loyola University in New Orleans, but my home is the small town of Watson, La. I enjoy queso blanco, “Harry Potter”, and attending my little brother’s sporting events. Through my project Cancer Couture, I hope to shine a light on the social consequences of cancer, in addition to elevating confidence in teens with life-threatening diseases.  

Meet Meera

My HERlead Project: 
Art You

My project will continue my 2014 HERlead Project by working to expose and engage underprivileged children to classical and traditional art forms  

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a freshman at Stanford University from Seattle, Washington. As a classical Indian dancer, I am passionate about promoting youth participation in and awareness of classical art forms. I also love conducting scientific research and have interned with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration as well as the Harvard School of Public Health as a Research Science Institute Scholar. I have won numerous awards, including recognition at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (2013, '14, '15). 

Meet Molly

My HERlead Project: 
The Girl Fight

My project will create awareness amongst teens about mental health issues by creating a club at my Louisville, Kentucky school, which will hold various events on the topic. 

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 
I am a sophomore at Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky. I row crew for the LRC Juniors, I am treasurer of my schools Global Issues club, and I am an active member of Green Dot – a club dedicated to educating and preventing teen dating violence. I am extremely passionate about equal rights and politics and hope to one day, become an attorney.

Meet Monica

My HERlead Project: 
Saheli circle

My project will create a mentoring program for young South Asian girls living in the U.S. so as to empower and inspire them to pursue their passions. 

Category:
Empowerment
Mentorship
About Me: 
I am a junior at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In school I participate in the debate and speech team, the television station, and backstage crew for our spring musical. My two favorite hobbies are fashion and film. I want to use film and other forms of digital art to inspire social change in my community. 

Meet Nadira

My HERlead Project: 
Project Participation

My project will work to increase civic engagement in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona by registering voters and educating and mobilizing the local Latino vote. 

Category:
Community Engagement
Outreach
About Me: 

I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I am currently a junior in high school. I enjoy playing tennis during the spring and swimming during the blistering Arizona summers. I serve as the president of the Model United Nations club, as well as the captain of my tennis team.

Meet Nadya

My HERlead Project: 
PERIOD

My project will expand upon my 2014 HERlead Project, PERIOD, which distributes feminine hygiene products to women in Portland, Oregon. 

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

Besides being a big sister, dancer, and high school senior, I am also the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, a nonprofit striving to address the natural needs of all women. I am passionate about international development from a foundation of empowering women and girls, and strongly believe that every individual has the right to a healthy lifestyle. 

Meet Rachel

My HERlead Project: 
Intro to Dance

My project will provide free dance workshops to youth from low-income families in Sonoma County, California.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, California. I enjoy dancing, reading, kickboxing, and learning how to code. I want to inspire other children/teens to build their self-esteem and understand the importance of physical fitness through discovering a passion for dance.

Meet Rara

My HERlead Project: 
Athens Art Project

My project will expand my 2014 HERlead Project, Athens Art Project, which hosts weekly art classes for elementary school students living in Athens, Georgia housing projects as an outlet for self-expression and as a gateway for learning about educational scholarships.  

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am from Athens, Georgia, where I am a senior in high school. I run an arts program in local federal housing projects and am involved with Amnesty International @ UGA and Refugee UGA.  I was recently part of the American delegation to the 2015 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Rwanda. I love roots reggae music and learning about Africa!

Meet Rebecca

My HERlead Project: 
Art Heals

My project is a continuation of my 2014 HERlead Project, which provides art kits through which victims of domestic violence can create art to express themselves.

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a freshman at Princeton University, planning on majoring in International Affairs. I am passionate about art, literature, foreign languages, politics, economics and community service among other things. Becoming an HERlead fellow and grantee has allowed me to combine many of my interests; I've worked on providing creative outlets to domestic abuse survivors, whether they be public murals or personal art supply kits. 

Meet Sabrina

My HERlead Project: 
Artful start

My project will create an art program that connects children with disabilities and their families with local volunteers in San Antonio, Texas. 

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

In my hometown of San Antonio, Texas I am involved in Model UN and serve as a class officer. I'm a dedicated art student, passionate about sharing the benefits of art with others. I would like to use my love of art to raise awareness about similarities we may have, rather than focus on our differences.

Meet Sarabeth

My HERlead Project: 
Sea Smarts

My project will offer a series of ocean health education and hands on art-based learning opportunities to students in Connecticut that will culminate in a community beach clean-up.

Category:
Awareness
Community Engagement
About Me: 

I am a junior at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut. My passion for marine and environmental sciences was sparked by a semester abroad at The Island School. Also, I've become keenly interested and aware of fitness and nutrition and the roles they play in healing. 

Meet Stephanie

My HERlead Project: 
Your Girl for Good

My project will create a summer program for lower-income middle school girls in the Washington, DC area that will expose them to successful women working in the business and STEM fields and address issues such as gender equality and education.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior at C.D. Hylton High School in Dumfries, Virginia. I am a member of my school's Center for International Studies and Languages program and the Junior Representative of our Junior Civitans club.  I enjoy cooking Peruvian dishes with my mother and volunteering as a teacher's aide at my local elementary school's ESOL class.

Meet Sudan

My HERlead Project: 
Embrace Diversity and Freedom

My project will create an awareness campaign that addresses race-driven bullying in New York City elementary and middle schools. 

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Millennium High School in New York. I am currently working on an advocacy project focusing on helping youths adapt to their new communities in United States. Besides enjoying playing guitar and ice skating, I am involved in the Asian American Advocacy Project, the Millennium Table Tennis Team and the American Bake Sale Club.