2016 Grantees

Meet Alexa

My HERlead Project: 
U-CAN (Creative Artistic Niñas)

My project will help to empower and inspire girls of Latin American descent by teaching them Latin American art history through the coupling of education and art projects. 

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. I am passionate about empowering children through art and art history as a vehicle for expression and a sense of identity. I have launched this initiative at the Amigos de Jesus Orphanage in Honduras, and I am planning to extend it to Latin American schools in my community. My other interests include journalism, tennis and DIY projects.

Meet Alexandra

My HERlead Project: 
STEMpower Girls

My project will cultivate a love for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in girls by nurturing a community that encourages young women to pursue careers in these fields. 

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a junior at Dulaney High School in Timonium, Maryland. I enjoy playing the violin and badminton, learning about current global events and giving back to my community. I am passionate about human rights and environmental protection, and I value the importance of an education in all core subjects, but especially one that is commonly overlooked – music.

Meet Amanda

My HERlead Project: 
One Pen One Page

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which not only increases literacy rates through education and the development of literacy skills, but elevates the creative voices and leadership potential of all young, marginalized people through storytelling.

Category:
Education
Literature
Mentorship
About Me: 

 I am a senior 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 Amy

My HERlead Project: 
Today Debate, Tomorrow the World

My project will address the lack of girls and historically underrepresented groups in debate by giving them exposure to discourse while simultaneously building the confidence to pursue it in the future. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a sophomore from Princeton, New Jersey. Debating is a large part of my life, and I love to research and exchange ideas with different people! I hope to make an impact in my community by making debate more inclusive and accessible to everyone. Some of my other interests include painting, photography and writing for my school newspaper. 

Meet Annisha

My HERlead Project: 
Each One Teach One

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which targets summer learning loss; particularly for students from low-income families who are less likely to have access to summer learning opportunities. 

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I am a junior 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 Bhavana

My HERlead Project: 
Four Corners

My project will help elementary school children who are falling behind in school by connecting them with high school mentors and by hosting after-school programs to help them improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore from Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois. I grew up with a love of reading that led me to become passionate about every child receiving a quality education. This spring I pursued that passion by starting a Reach Out And Read initiative in my community to increase childhood literacy. I am also an active member of my high school’s speech and mock trial teams. 

Meet Bridget

My HERlead Project: 
end the stigma, PERIOD

My project will destroy the menstrual stigma through conversation, service, and education. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minnesota. I am actively involved in my school's theater department and Kiwanis Key Club. I'm also a National Speech and Debate Tournament Qualifier. Through my speech team I have been able to discover my love for politics which has opened my eyes to the injustices in the world and sparked my passion for improving women's health on an international level.

Meet Caroline

My HERlead Project: 
ABC: Advancing Brennan’s Children

My project will educate youth on the issue of hunger and homelessness on Long Island. It will also develop a sustainable volunteer youth corps which will serve the needs of homeless children in emergency shelters.

Category:
Community Service
Education
Mentorship
About Me: 

As a junior at the Garden City High School in Garden City, New York, I have been serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through the Best Buddies Club and Camp Anchor since I was in seventh grade. My service on Executive Committee of the Mary Brennan Youth Advisory Board drives my other passion: helping the hungry and homeless. I play field hockey and golf, and I teach skiing.

Meet Chelsea

My HERlead Project: 
WERise Network

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which addresses the issue of female oppression in communities of color throughout the world by providing a safe space for young women of color to connect and build leadership skills, boost self-esteem, and enhance civic awareness. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a junior 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 Chloe

My HERlead Project: 
Helping Hands

My project will provide children who have physical deformities of the upper-limbs with free-of-cost 3D printed prosthetics, therefore benefitting these children directly by giving them an equal opportunity for success. 

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. I am passionate about utilizing technology for social good through 3D printed prosthetics. I also enjoy soccer and photography. 

Meet Claire

My HERlead Project: 
Girl 2 Girl

I will be expanding my 2014 and 2015 HERlead Project, which equips eighth grade girls for the peer pressure, high expectations, and challenges of high school through a peer-to-peer mentorship program led by high school juniors and seniors. 

Category:
Mentorship
Networking
About Me: 

I am a first year student in the honors program at California State University, Fresno pursuing a psychology major in preparation for my pre-law studies. I was the founder of the Girl2Girl Mentoring Program in my high school, which brought together middle school and high school aged girls to learn leadership and communication skills from local professional women. I am passionate about the potential of women to change the world for the better. In addition, I was a 2014 HERlead Fellow, a 2014, 2015 and 2016 Grantee, and a 2016 Global Delegate.

Meet Diop

My HERlead Project: 
Put Some Respect on My Plate

My project will motivate teenagers to respect their bodies by providing lessons in nutrition and physical activity in order to fuel them with nutritious foods and sustain them with exercise.

Category:
Awareness
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. My passion is reducing health disparities in underserved communities. I am a Youth Wellness Ambassador for the Generation With Promise program, and I am a member Doctors of Tomorrow. When I’m not advocating for change, I enjoy blogging, performing spoken word and running track.

Meet Elizabeth

My HERlead Project: 
Girls Can...

My project will educate young girls about career opportunities and global issues that affect children through monthly mentorship sessions with women in various professional fields and through weekend workshops to promote safety, nutrition, and money management. 

Category:
Awareness
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at UMS-Wright in Mobile, Alabama. I am passionate about helping abused children in my community.  My sisters and I have worked to promote social activism among adolescents in our community to help those who are most vulnerable.  

Meet Enerys

My HERlead Project: 
Young Scientists for Puerto Rico

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which provides space for high school students who are interested in scientific investigations to establish connections within the STEM community, both at a national and international level; therefore helping them develop their talents and skills. 

Category:
Education
Networking
About Me: 

I am a senior 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 Grace

My HERlead Project: 
Portland Journalism Training Initiative

My project will address the issue of young girls’ voices being ignored and undervalued by providing journalism training that has been removed from high school curriculums. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior from Portland, Oregon who aspires to give voice to the voiceless. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful media platforms for teen journalists, I founded WANT, a news, sports and entertainment website that aggregates the best in youth journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers worldwide. I aim to empower the innovative, entrepreneurial STEM spirit of middle school girls by launching a summer start-up camp.​

Meet Izabella

My HERlead Project: 
Express Yourself

My project will engage physically disabled teenagers in a year-long program, in which they will learn how to present and express who they are in a safe environment full of peers who have had similar experiences. 

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a sophomore from Seattle, Washington. I am dedicated to bettering my community through volunteer ventures including my position as the president of a non-profit guild that raises money for uncompensated care at Children’s Hospital. My hobbies range from horseback riding competitively, reading as many books as my leisure time allows and memorizing fun facts and information (you never know when 200 digits of pi might come in handy!).

Meet Jacqueline

My HERlead Project: 
NetWings

I will be expanding my 2011 and 2014 HERlead Project, which introduces inner-city youth to world travel and expands their geographic, cultural, and social possibilities while simultaneously using exposure to the world as a tool for social change and economic mobility. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
Mentorship
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 Jenny

My HERlead Project: 
HEART (Healthy Emotions and Relationships for Teenagers)

My project will end the cycle of unhealthy emotions in teenagers and bring attention to the problem of domestic abuse by emphasizing the importance of avoiding dangerous relationships and by offering ways for teenagers to seek additional help and resources. 

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior from Orange County, California. My passions include tutoring low-income communities and being an active part of Relay for Life, which provides support for those touched by cancer. I have an interest in working with disadvantaged women and underprivileged youths. 

Meet Karishma

My HERlead Project: 
Ped Pals

My project will connect kids and teens across the barrier of disease in order to create a culture of inclusion and awareness regarding pediatric cancer. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. I have been passionate about medicine for as long as I can remember and aim to inspire young women to engage in STEM-related fields. I aspire to start a nonprofit that promotes global health standards in countries with insufficient medical processes. My hobbies include martial arts, tennis, piano and viola.

Meet Kate

My HERlead Project: 
BOLD

I will be expanding my 2014 HERlead Project, which dismantles restricting ideas of femininity through media literacy education for middle and high school girls. 

Category:
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am currently a sophomore at Connecticut College studying Government and American Studies. Since the inaugural BOLD program was implemented in my home town of Milton, Massachusetts two years ago, I have been fortunate enough to work with close to seventy amazing BOLD girls who are already doing phenomenal things to change the world. My passion for media literacy and gender equality continues to be spurred on by my four younger siblings; I want to create a world in which they can develop into the truest versions of themselves without feeling restricted by society’s gendered expectations.

Meet Katherine

My HERlead Project: 
Give a Girl a Lab Coat

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which addresses the gender and racial gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in both education and the professional field. 

Category:
Education
Mentorship
About Me: 

I’m a junior 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 Katie

My HERlead Project: 
Packs of Hope

My project will ensure that students are able to feel comfortable in their educational environment by providing low-income students with hygiene products and school supplies that boost their confidence and performance. 

Category:
Community Service
Education
Healthy Eating
About Me: 

I am currently a sophomore at Duke University studying mathematics education,originally from Monticello, Arkansas. Making sure that students are able to benefit from and enjoy their education is my passion, and I look forward to one day become a mathematics educator to help change this first hand. Until then, I have allowed this passion to fuel my project which provides hygiene items and school supplies to students from low-income families in my community. 

 

Meet Lauren

My HERlead Project: 
CARE Closet

My project will provide a confidential food pantry, stocked with non-perishable items, that is available for any student in a participating high school who is in need of food. 

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA where I am the Outreach Chair for our student council executive board.  I have founded a program that helps provide food for high school students and their families that are in need. I am passionate about assisting others in my community and helping connect them with valuable resources. I enjoy fashion, staying active and community service. 

Meet Meera

My HERlead Project: 
Art You

I will be expanding my 2014 and 2015 HERlead Project, which focuses on increasing socioeconomically disadvantaged youths’ engagement with classical and cultural art by distributing supply kits, hosting educational outreach session, and providing an online platform to showcase the work of youth artists. 

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore 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 Nadya

My HERlead Project: 
PERIOD

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which addresses and celebrates menstrual hygiene through advocacy, youth leadership, and service. 

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a first-year student at Harvard College, originally from Portland, Oregon. I am the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, a global youth-run nonprofit that strives to provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through advocacy, education, and service - through the global distribution of menstrual hygiene products and engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. I became passionate about menstrual health after being introduced to the need during a time when my family did not have a home of their own. 

Meet Rachel

My HERlead Project: 
Intro to Dance

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which provides free dance education and opportunities at schools and community events, many of which have had to remove dance programs due to a lack of funding, in order to improve youth physical and mental development. 

Category:
Empowerment
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a senior 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 Rene

My HERlead Project: 
Roots and Shoots Community Garden

My project will create an organic community garden at Greenwich High School, in Greenwich, Connecticut. The produce will then be donated to the local food bank, therefore creating an increase in access to fresh and nutritious foods that would otherwise be expensive or difficult to obtain by communities in need. 

Category:
Awareness
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. My passion for alleviating food insecurity and world hunger sparked from annually organizing numerous food drives within my community and collecting over 12,000 goods. Outside of school, I am a Youth Leader on the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council of The Jane Goodall Institute, I am a Taekwondo black belt, I play the bassoon and I love to read.

Meet Roann

My HERlead Project: 
Youth Interfaith Education Day

My project will expand the Youth Interfaith Program by opening it up to the entire local community, which will in turn help to instill a culture of acceptance and an appreciation of diversity within the city of Greenville, South Carolina. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Greenville Technical Charter High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I founded an organization called the Youth Interfaith, which promotes inter-religious understanding and cooperation among high school and college students through bi-monthly dialogue events and community service projects. I am also passionate about giving youth a voice, which is why I am an active member of my school's Speech and Debate team.

Meet Sabrina

My HERlead Project: 
Artful Start

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which enriches the lives of children with special needs through community art programs, while also working to educate high school volunteers about the harmful stigma surrounding disabilities. 

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 Sophie

My HERlead Project: 
Camp Create

My project will promote socialization, self-confidence, self-expression, and creativity in special needs students through the use of art.

Category:
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at Middle Creek High School in Apex, North Carolina. I am passionate about social justice and strongly believe that everyone is equal and should be treated so! I love playing lacrosse for my high school team and being an active member of my school's student government. In my down time I enjoy volunteering, reading and spending time with my friends and family. 

Meet Stephanie

My HERlead Project: 
Your Girl for Good

I will be expanding my 2015 HERlead Project, which connects underrepresented middle school girls in Washington, D.C. with successful female leaders in STEM and business fields in order to address the issues of gender inequality and the lack of female empowerment. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a senior 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 Tanaya

My HERlead Project: 
District Engage

My project will give high school and middle school students the opportunity to discuss relevant problems that they are facing at school and work with local administrators to brainstorm solutions.

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am a junior at Redmond High School in Sammamish, Washington. The stigma surrounding mental health disorders in teenagers is a problem that affects communities across the world. I believe that every child should have their voice heard as a healthy generation of children will lead to a healthy generation of adults.

Meet Teresa

My HERlead Project: 
Youth in Action

I will be expanding my 2014 HERlead Project, which addresses and emphasizes the importance of breaking prejudicial stereotypes that label high school students by inspiring them to make goals and to envision a better future for themselves in order to drive the desire for leadership and activism. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a senior 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 Tina

My HERlead Project: 
Equalize It!

My project will equalize the gender gap in STEM by challenging the stereotype that “mathematics is for boys” by offering an after-school program for fourth and fifth grade girls of color in low-income cities. 

Category:
Education
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a junior from Whippany, New Jersey. I love math and computer science, and I hope to bridge the gender gap in these fields through media and journalism. I am currently the editor-in-chief of my school’s newspaper, and I run a female empowerment blog called Project GirlSpire. I also served as the state historian for Future Business Leaders of America and was a New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholar.