2013 Grantees

Meet Abby

My ANNpower Project: 
Swimming Safety School

My project will address the increased risk of drowning for socioeconomically disadvantaged children and Amish children through Swimming Safety School, which provides free swim lessons and water safety instruction from the American Red Cross-certified curriculum. 

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 Abri

My ANNpower Project: 
Gems NOT Genocide Awareness

My project will launch a pen pal and cultural exchange program between students at my high school and Darfuri refugees in Chad through an online platform. 

Category:
Awareness
About Me: 

I was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia when I was entering the 8th grade. I am currently a junior at Harriton High School, but I am doing a semester at The School for Ethics & Global Leadership in D.C.  I am passionate about genocide prevention and specifically, the atrocities occurring in Darfur. A fun fact about me is that I ran a half marathon last year for a children's home in Israel that I am extremely passionate about.

Meet Alisha

My ANNpower Project: 
COding fOr KIds (COOKI)

My project will work to bridge the gender gap that currently exists in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through an online community of mentors and students that exposes girls to computer science and technology at an early age.

Category:
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a junior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. I am passionate about robotics and technology, which is why I am inspired to get more girls to explore science, math, robotics and technology through the non-profit I have founded called: TakeKnowledge. While I spend most of my time on robotics, developing electronic gadgets, reading magazines like Popular Science and Mental Floss, my favorite TV program is Cake Boss which has almost nothing to do with technology.

Meet Anjana

My ANNpower Project: 
Queen's Game

My project will educate girls about the importance of gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals through a national chess camp for girls. 

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. Learn more about my ANNpower Project.

Meet Ariela

My ANNpower Project: 
Girls Boxing Club

My project will instill the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle in young Latina girls through the Girls Boxing Club, a summer program that teaches elementary school students fitness, boxing, and nutrition, as well as literacy and writing tutoring. 

Category:
Education
Healthy Eating
About Me: 

I am from New Haven, CT. I am a passionate photojournalist, and I am constantly searching and thriving to know more, do more, photograph more, and experience more. I mentor inner-city elementary school students to create their own newspaper called the Celentano Sentinel, and I am also a staff reporter for the New Haven Independent. A fun fact about me is that I spent my summer in Peru, where I was attacked by a bull while I was riding a bike in the outskirts of Cusco.

Meet Carolina

My ANNpower Project: 
Lunch Bunch

My project will create mentoring and networking opportunities for teen girls in my community through networking lunches at a local library with established professionals. 

Category:
Mentorship
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 Charlotte

My ANNpower Project: 
Recycled Art Cart

My project will bring art to my community while also collecting materials that would otherwise be thrown away from local people and businesses through a Recycled Art Cart.

Category:
Community Engagement
Education
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 Ellie

My ANNpower Project: 
Girls for Girls

My project will create mentoring relationships between girls starting middle school with girls about to finish high school, with guided discussions on female identity and empowerment.

Category:
Mentorship
About Me: 

My name is Ellie, and I am from Greensboro, North Carolina. I am a junior at Greensboro Day School. I am a team member of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams as well as a participant in the musical productions at my school. I am currently in the process of launching my social venture project, Girls for Girls, which aims to empower young girls in my community through a mentoring program. I am extremely passionate about international affairs, current events, and of course, the empowerment of women worldwide. I have two older sisters whom I love very much -- even when we spat over clothing exchanges from time to time!

Meet Karly

My ANNpower Project: 
Tennis Balls Transformed for Military Morale!

My project will take the recycled tennis balls I collect through my nonprofit Balls Go Round to create holiday ornaments for American troops stationed abroad. 

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I was born and raised in West Nyack, NY and moved to Vero Beach, FL where I am currently a junior in high school. I am very passionate about my organization, Balls-Go-Round.org, a nonprofit which is committed to replaying millions of non-biodegradable used tennis balls that would otherwise be thrown away into our landfills. I also love photojournalism and serve as editor of the yearbook.

Meet Laura

My ANNpower Project: 
Stand Up, Say No to Child Abuse

My project will partner with the Department of Education to implement my campaign to prevent child abuse in 30 public and private schools throughout Puerto Rico. 

Category:
Awareness
Education
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 Laurie

My ANNpower Project: 
Tasting Freedom: Human Trafficking Awareness Event

My project will raise awareness to the issue of human trafficking through a documentary screening of the film "Call and Response," along with a panel discussion featuring experts on human trafficking.

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 Lexi

My ANNpower Project: 
Handled With Care

My project will create a store for low-income families so they can have a dignified shopping experience without needing to pay for the items they select. 

Category:
Community Service
Outreach
About Me: 

I live in Stamford, CT and go to St. Luke's School, where I am in tenth grade. I am a black belt in Kempo Karate, and I love waterskiing and snow skiing.  I love working with kids, and participating on sports teams.  A fun fact about me is that I was born in Singapore.

Meet Lindsay

My ANNpower Project: 
Girls’ Empowerment Workshops

My project will empower girls in my community through leadership development workshops that connects girls with mentors in business and politics, and builds awareness for global girls' issues. 

Category:
Awareness
Mentorship
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 Molly

My ANNpower Project: 
Imagination Station – Jamaica

My project will set up an "imagination station" of non-electronic toys and games for children in long-term care at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Category:
Outreach
About Me: 

I live in Boston, Massachusetts and I like to think it is the best city in the world. I am a junior at Matignon High School, and I am an extremely active Girl Scout and Rainbow Girl. I am passionate about serving others and spreading love and joy to the people around me. Additionally, I absolutely love to bake and sew!

Meet Nadyah

My ANNpower Project: 
Livelihood Empowerment and Cultural Exchange

My project will help mistreated girls in Sri Lanka by supporting the creation of a community learning center in their local community. I will collect supplies and raise awareness of global issues surrounding girls in developing countries with the students in my high school. 

Category:
Awareness
Empowerment
About Me: 

I am a sophomore at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Maryland. I am involved in many activities including varsity cross country, varsity track & field, Relay For Life and class council. Because of my experiences of living abroad in Southeast Asia, I enjoy traveling and learning about international issues.

Meet Neha

My ANNpower Project: 
STEMsation

My project will create a series of workshops for middle school girls, stimulating their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through female role models in STEM fields.

Category:
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am a junior at Lincoln Park Academy, and I live in Fort Pierce, Florida, a town that I am proud to be a part of. I am very passionate about science, and I conduct scientific research at numerous environmental and agricultural laboratories. I have also played piano and tennis since I was five years old. I am inspired by those who empower themselves despite unfortunate circumstances. A fun fact about me is that am double jointed in my fingers, elbows and knees!

Meet Reilly

My ANNpower Project: 
STEM from Girls

My project, STEM from Girls, will engage my peers to serve as mentors for younger girls and encourage them to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Category:
Mentorship
About Me: 

I am from the small, quirky college town that is Oberlin, Ohio. I am currently a junior at the local public high school, where I am heavily involved in the art program. Besides painting, I adore math and science, which I currently explore by assisting in a neuroscience lab at Oberlin College. I am an avid video gamer, and I will challenge the boys any day.

Meet Rose

My ANNpower Project: 
The Superhero Chronicles

My project will create a documentary telling the stories of individual people who have overcome personal challenges. Additionally, I will host a community support group to help participants find their “inner superhero.” 

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am from Washington Heights, NY. I am a junior at Mother Cabrini. I am involved in many activities such as Color Guard, hand bell choir, ambassadors, Mission Leaders and more. I am passionate about fashion and changing the thoughts and emotions of people, helping in whatever way possible. A fun fact about me is that I have an obsession with Wonder Woman.

Meet Shivonne

My ANNpower Project: 
In Her Hands

My project will build an online community to discuss global women's issues and create a speaker series for girls in my community to gain exposure to established women leaders. 

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

I am currently a junior in high school, and live in Palo Alto, California. I attended The School for Ethics and Global Leadership last semester, where I began my plan to found an organization in my community that supports women's empowerment internationally. My favorite pastimes are running track and writing for my school newspaper, and I am most passionate about gender equality. I am fascinated by the evolution of languages, and want to eventually speak 5 languages fluently.

Meet Sundus

My ANNpower Project: 
Free to be Me

My project will focus on confidence-building and identity exploration for teen girls who are refugees to the United States through a mentorship program that teaches girls how to adapt to a new American context while also celebrating their native culture. 

Category:
Mentorship
Outreach
About Me: 

I am from Memphis, TN, and I am a junior in high school. I am a youth representative for my mosque's youth group. Something I am passionate about is education, especially for children and women. A fun fact about me is that I am a poetry fanatic, regardless of whether I am reading, writing or listening to it.