Atglen, PA - Blanche is the founder and executive director of the Urban and Rural Science Alliance Inc. (URSA), a nonprofit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) organization in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The work of the GWC USA is through early intervention, to engage young people from underrepresented groups and economically challenged communities, at an early age in hands-on science inquiry, career development, higher education planning and academic enrichment. Blanche is a graduate of National Audubon Society’s Expedition Institute where she also interned with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Currently Blanche is forging relationships with community-based nonprofits in low-income neighborhoods to develop projects around environmental literacy, urban agriculture, renewable energy and green construction.
Atlanta, GA - Tony C. Anderson, a social entrepreneur and co-founder and Executive Director of The Let's Retrofit A Million Education Fund, has retrofitted over 50,000 energy efficient light bulbs, water conservation kits and low flow toilets by canvassing low-income neighborhoods door-to-door; a realized savings of over $7.1 million. Tony sees his role in this movement not only as an educator and a builder of green collar jobs but also as the creator of "green cufflink" jobs. Tony holds a BA in Philosophy of Political Science from Morehouse College.
Recipient of the Fellows Fund micro-grant award for: AmeriCorps Atlanta 2012 & Atlanta Green Light Corridor Capacity Building Initiative for Graphics & Videography Georgia Conservancy D/B/A The LRAM Education Fund, Inc. – Atlanta, GA The AmeriCorps Atlanta 2012 & Atlanta Green Light Corridor Capacity Building Initiative for Graphics & Videography project aims to heighten the environmental intelligence of student leaders and community stakeholders within communities of modest means. The project will bridge community civic engagement and educational awareness via direct-to-door delivery of green solutions. The volunteers will conduct showerhead and faucet exchanges, energy cost surveys, energy audits, weatherization assessments and CFL bulb retrofits. Blog Entry 1 | Blog Entry 2
Miami, FL - As an organizer, Hashim is working on the Miami Workers Center campaign for green jobs and housing. While working with the MWC grassroots council Low-Income Families Fighting Together (LIFFT), Hashim organized tenant unions for the MWC Renter's Rights Campaign and has also helped with the eight year struggle to win justice for the former residents of Scott Carver Homes. He is a graduate of Florida International University, where he earned a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and an undergraduate certificate in Women's Studies.
Bronx, NY - Mr. Jamel Allah, 55, was born in Harlem, NY in 1953. Mr. Allah was incarcerated for a few years; however, the immense desire to never again partake in negative endeavors is what empowered him to fight against gangs and gun violence through speaking with young people. As a result, in February of 2005, Jamel Allah founded a not-for-profit organization called Positive Seeds in Pelan, Inc. Positive Seeds in Pelan, Inc. was created to develop and nurture the youth, ages 8-18, in our communities. Now, over four years later, the Positive Seeds initiative has served many children through action-oriented and effective after-school endeavors. Mr. Allah considers his best work to be working with the youth in his community, helping them learn how to a lead productive and positive life. He is currently working hard in the Mount Hope community of the Bronx, as well as in Harlem at the Allah Youth Center, Inc. As a mentor to young children he helps them fight against the magnetic pull of the streets, diseased with gangs, drugs, and gun violence. Mr. Allah considers the children are our future, and when they are taught positive thoughts, they will have positive actions. The wealth of any community is the children and he recognizes this wealth through his work in demonstrating life paths more constructive and valuable than the one he originally chose for himself. Mr. Allah is determined to continue passing on these tools of proper knowledge that helped him become a positive and productive Blackman in the community.
Washington, DC - As Rising Sun’s Deputy Director Jailan Adly focuses on national expansion, new program development, and diversifying organizational resources. Jailan joined Rising Sun in 2007 as the CYES Program Director where she managed the operations, logistics, recruitment, and training for Rising Sun’s flagship California Youth Energy Services program. Jailan was attracted to Rising Sun because of its results-oriented approach, and loves the opportunity to share its solution driven programs with other communities. Previously, Jailan focused on international development through sustainable tourism in Jamaica, Lebanon, Morocco, and Egypt through her work with Solimar International, Environmental Quality International, and as a consultant for CDC Development Solutions and USAID-Lebanon. She received a Masters degree in Tourism Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Jailan will be transitioning this week into a new role with CDC Development Solutions, an international development organization located in Washington, DC. Blog Entry
Miami, FL - As the founder and CEO of the Big Blue & You Foundation, Inc. (www.thebigblueandyou.org), this 23-year-old has taken her lifelong passion for the Sea to new heights by serving as a leader in the South Florida community to inspire, educate and empower youth (K-12) to become better stewards of the natural environment through visual arts programs, media and community events. A recent graduate of the University of Miami (Double Major in Marine Science & Biology) and a world traveler, Danni Washington has dedicated her studies, her free time & creative energies to increasing general environmental consciousness and helping build a clean energy economy that will ultimately brighten the future of our global community.
Atlanta, GA - McNair Wagner graduated in the Spring of 2008 from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Marketing. While at Georgia State University McNair co-founded the student environmental group Sustainable Energy Tribe, the Atlanta Student environmental group Metro Atlanta Students For Sustainability and the environmental marketing company Earth Endeavors. McNair also has received several environmental awards including the National Recycling Coalition scholarship and the Atlanta Bioneer’s award. McNair enjoys being a part of the environmental community and believes that the this movement will unite people all over the world and resurrect the human spirit.
Ruston, LA - Tanesha L. Wade is originally from Oakland, CA and has been residing in northern Louisiana for the last four years. A recent graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology she has also obtained an Associate's of Arts in Human Development Services from the College of Alameda. Tanesha first made connections with Green For All staff in 2007 at the first ever national youth summit for climate change: PowerShift. Since, she has participated in The Dream Reborn conference in addition to being an attendant at the 2nd academy training held by Green For All. During a college internship at a local school in Louisiana, she introduced a pilot garden and growing project, which is currently being developed into a large garden of vegetables. She is motivated by the words "Be the Change" and tries to model the image through service.
Watts, CA - Adrian Veliz has been an active social justice and youth advocate since 1996. At 21, Adrian helped establish some of California's first needle exchange programs, working with injection drug users and their children. After moving to Los Angeles in 1999, he began working with local artists and musicians producing various events about local and international issues. He was the associate producer of, Divine Forces Radio, on 90.7FM, KPFK from 2000-2008, and is currently working for the Los Angeles Community Development Department, where he serves the community as a Cultural Arts Director, Business Development Specialist, and Probation Transitional counselor.
Miami, FL - Sandra moved to the United States from Lima, Peru in October of 2002. Back at home, she volunteered for Amnesty International and taught pre-k orphans victims of terrorism. She begun her post-secondary education studying History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and completed her B.A at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Legal Studies and graduating with honors. Her undergraduate research thesis analyzed the structural and direct violence inflicted by gas corporative companies on indigenous communities in the US and in South America. After graduating, she spent a few months in Cambodia researching and creating education manuals on street law. She currently works as Field organizer for Democracia U.S.A. for the Miami area.