Past Recipients

Sienna Bucu

Sienna Bucu2022

We Are Here: Engaging in Art for Resilience and Reclamation of Space

This project involved an art installation of permanent mural cycles in several public schools in Union, New Jersey. Over the course of the summer, middle and high school students worked collaboratively with Sienna to execute student-driven works in the hallways and classrooms where they attend school.

DeBorah Ault and Sonali Anderson

Deborah AultSonali Anderson


The National Black Action Plan Internship Program

DeBorah Ault and Sonali Anderson led a 10-week long program called the National Black Action Plan Internship Program in the summer of 2021. Their hope was to assist university students around the nation in creating plans to dismantle systemic racism at their schools. Through mentorship and intentional programming, students garnered key leadership qualities of empowerment, accountability, diligence, and negotiation.

Awa Soumahoro

Awa Soumahoro


Promoting Peace through Education and Women Empowerment: Espace sûr-Building a safe space for Women in the Cote D’Ivoire to foster peace

Awa Soumahoro’s project was supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, but it was delayed due to the pandemic the world is still recovering from. This summer, working alongside the local community in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Awa will be building a ‘Espace sur”, a safe space to foster youth programming and women empowerment. It will be a place that advocates for girls’ education, empowers women and serves as a resource to fight HIV/AIDs at the grassroots level.

Gabriel Fontes

Gabriel Fontes



Gabriel founded and ran CLUB DEL ESPENDRÚ Academic Summer Camp, a month-long academic summer camp for Afro-Cuban youth in an under-resourced neighborhood of Havana. About 15 teenagers from Regla participated in the summer programs, which included lessons on Afro-Cuban history from accomplished scholars, music and visual arts programs led by Cuban hip-hop icons, and English lessons from Fontes, who plans to pursue a career as an English teacher.

Abigail McCabe and Stephen Roselli

Abby and Stephen smiling


Abigail and Stephen implemented a summer education program for Nicaraguan children and adults. They shipped school supplies to operate summer camps for children and provided financial incentives for adults to attend nightly classes taught by local teachers fluent in English and Spanish.

Jonathan Goldman and Victoria St. Jean

Side by side photos, one of Jonathan Goldman and the other of Victoria St. Jean2017

The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII): A New Home

TRII focuses on providing representation and assistance for asylum seekers in immigration proceedings, in addition to establishing opportunities for people to become trained representatives for asylum seekers. TRII also provides resources for navigating the immigration process. With this grant, they will create a training program for undergraduate students to become accredited representatives and they will implement a citizenship program for the Waltham Public Schools.

Brontë Velez

Brontë Velez2016

Brontë Velez's project, SeluSemilla, will center around creating a collection of plantable books (biodegradable in design, which will sprout into endangered trees) written, conceived, and cultivated by Ecuadorean indigenous counterparts working with the Pachaysana organization. This will serve not only as an act of reforestation but simultaneously a replanting of ancestral knowledge and wisdom to reinsert oppressed voices into the economy of language, and to remember that environmental justice must inherently include human rights as a part of its struggle for all systemic oppression derives from the same source and attacks intersectionally.

Kira Levin

Kira Levin2015

Kira will be empowering Maasai women in rural Tanzania through computer literacy and education. This will be a partnership through Brandeis University and the International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment. 

Noah Litwer

Noah Litwer2015

Noah will organize an implement a large-scale collaborative garden, designed to increase community ownership, foster trust and deconstruct divisive barriers between the 490 residents of Prospect Hill Terrace public housing project, located in Waltham, MA. 

Abie Troen


A Call for Dignity: Ending Manual Scavenging

Andrea Verdeja


A Call for Dignity: Ending Manual Scavenging

Mangaliso Mohammed


Back to Basics: Food for Healing HIV

Ardak Meterkulova


HIV/AIDS Education in Kazakhstan

Kayla Dinces and Lena Morrison


Engaging Hand and Minds: Empowerment through Peer Education in Zimbabwe

Noam Shouster


Helping HIV+ Women and Children in Rwanda

Ned Crowley and Jonah Cohen


Producing a Documentary Film about Costa Rican Culture of Peace

Shaina Gilbert


Empowering through Education Camp in Haiti