They’ll be at Upswell: Our NGen Leadership Award finalists!

They’ll be at Upswell: Our NGen Leadership Award finalists!

// By Jacqueline Brennan

Wouldn’t it be great to meet our six finalists for the 2019 NGen Leadership Award in person? Well you can. They’ll all be on hand at Upswell Chicago, November 13-15!

These outstanding next-generation changemakers are all in the running for this prestigious award, presented each year to one emerging changemaker who has demonstrated transformative social impact through collaborative leadership.

All are pursuing groundbreaking approaches to make their communities and the world a better place, with strong track records of partnering with other like-minded social innovators to get it done. Each finalist will present at Upswell about their amazing changework, so look out for them on the schedule.

The winner will be announced during Upswell Chicago. In the meantime, check out all six finalists by watching these short videos – and then be sure to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is Friday, August 23 at 11:59 PM PDT.

2019 NGen Leadership Award Finalists

James Dold

Human Rights for Kids
Washington, DC

Fighting for the rights of children, particularly those who have been marginalized, victimized, and forgotten, drives James’ work to end the broad spectrum of child abuse and ensure “that every child has hope and love.”

Megan Jacobs

Truth Initiative
Washington, DC

Responding to the concerns of young people on social media about the dangers of vaping, Megan’s groundbreaking text message program offers guidance, including how to quit, to help them “live their best lives addiction free.”

Rochelle Keyhan

Collective Liberty
Washington, DC

Rochelle’s work to stop human trafficking, which she began as a prosecutor in Philadelphia, focuses on ensuring that law enforcement officers and other partners “have the tools they need to end trafficking, from data and technology to cultural training.”

Silvia Paz

Alianza Coachella Valley
Coachella, CA

Growing up in Coachella Valley, Silvia knows first-hand about the unmet needs of rural immigrant communities, and now strives to show how communities can be transformed, working with “residents and nonprofits to tackle inequities in our region together.”

Lindsay Torrico

United Way Worldwide
Alexandria, VA

Lindsay is applying multiple approaches to increase civic engagement and build the capacity of local United Ways not only to advocate for the people they serve, but also to empower them to advocate for themselves and to create community-driven solutions.

Caroline Whistler

Third Sector
San Francisco, CA

By supporting public leaders in focusing on outcomes, rather than delivery of services “that may or may not work” in communities, Caroline says Third Sector seeks to “shift decision-making power toward the people being served.”

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