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Keynote Speakers

Kelita Bak

Kelita Bak, CEO, National Youth Leadership Council
A strong advocate for youth, Bak has worked in youth development and public policy in Washington, D.C. for more than 15 years. She has held a range of leadership positions in national nonprofit organizations, most recently as the National Vice President of Advancement for Camp Fire USA. Throughout her career, Bak has built and managed key relationships, including numerous partnerships and coalitions. Among those, she served as a lead convener of Service-Learning United and worked to secure agreement among service-learning leaders on provisions in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. She also has served on the board of the National Service-Learning Partnership and as a mentor in the Emerging Leaders Initiative, led by NYLC and the Partnership.

Suzi Boss

Suzie Boss, Author and Blogger
Boss is a journalist who writes about the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Boss is the author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. She is inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom. Boss is on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, and has also helped nonprofit organizations design programs that teach both youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions. She is also a blogger for Edutopia.

Steve Culbertson

Philippe Cousteau, President, EarthEcho International
Cousteau is the 33-year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. His personal mission is to help people find hope and recognize their power to change the world. Cousteau co-founded and serves as President of EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization. EarthEcho is committed to inspiring and engaging young people everywhere to be leaders for a bright future by helping them take action to solve environmental challenges in their communities through service-learning.

Steve Culbertson

Steve Culbertson, President and CEO, YSA (Youth Service America)
Culbertson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Youth Service America, an international nonprofit organization that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and the quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. For two years in a row, the Nonprofit Times named him to its list of "The 50 most powerful and influential leaders".

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court (Retired)
O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 26, 1930. After graduating from Stanford University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, O’Connor attended the university’s law school. She received her degree in 1952, a time when opportunities for female lawyers were very limited. At first, O'Connor struggled to find work as an attorney. She even worked for the county attorney for California's San Mateo county for free for a time just get her foot in the door and soon became the deputy county attorney there.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated her as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and she received unanimous Senate approval. O'Connor made history as the first woman justice to serve on the Supreme Court. As a justice, O'Connor was as a key swing vote in many important cases, including the upholding of Roe v. Wade. She retired in 2006, after serving for 24 years. She didn’t slow down in retirement. In 2006, she launched iCivics, an online civics education venture aimed at middle school students. As she explained to Parade magazine, "We have a complex system of government. You have to teach it to every generation." She has also authored several books in addition to her efforts to advance young people's understanding of government. She penned the 2008 children's book Finding Susie and the 2013 judical memoir The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice.

Brenda Elliott

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama. Duncan's tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers. He helped to secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools.

Brenda Elliott

Brenda Elliott, Executive Director, Guilford County School’s Student Services
Elliott is the Guilford County Schools’ Student Services Executive Director where she is the project manager for the district’s Character Development/Service-Learning Initiative. This initiative seeks to connect academics to multiple opportunities for positive action in the community for all students at the district’s 127. Elliott currently serves as the board chairperson for the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition, a board member for KidsVoting Guilford County, and an advisory board member for UNC-Greensboro’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Cassandra Lin

Cassandra Lin, Founder, Project Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF)
A high school student from Westerly, RI, Lin’s work founding Project Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) has been recognized nationally and internationally. TGIF is a sustainableprogram that recycles waste cooking oil from residents and restaurants and has a refiner convert it into biodiesel fuel. The proceeds are then donated to help heat the homes of needy families. To date, Project TGIF has helped collect over 140,000 gallons of cooking grease, generated over 110,000 gallons of biodiesel, which has helped offset over 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, as well as helped heat the homes of 210 families in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Lin’s team also helped introduce and pass a bill in the state of Rhode Island that mandates that all businesses recycle their used cooking oil. Lin was named one of the Top Ten Volunteers of the Year by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in 2011. She was selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World by Huffington Post in May, 2012 and as one of three Young Wonders by the CNN Heroes program in December, 2012. TGIF also won the 2013 Jefferson Awards.

Ted McConnell

Ted McConnell, Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
McConnell is the Executive Director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a coalition of over 60 national organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in our nation’s schools. Prior to joining the Campaign, McConnell directed the Campaign to Promote Civic Education, a fifty state effort to revitalize and strengthen civic education at the state and district levels, which was an initiative of the Center for Civic Education. McConnell also served as Co – Coordinator of the Congressional Conferences on Civic Education 2003-2006. McConnell also serves on advisory boards for Citizenship Counts, MacNeil/ Lehrer Productions’ ‘the.News,’ Rock the Vote, Special Olympics and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Sujay Rao

Sujay Rao, High School Student
Rao is a junior at Eden Prairie High School in Minn. Rao is an avid soccer player and runs track for the high school. He is also a member of the Quizbowl and speech teams. Outside of school, he is a member of Key Club, volunteers at Methodist Hospital, and lends his services at many Indian functions and gatherings. Rao is a mentor for NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council.

Susan Valdés

Susan Valdés, Chief Learning Officer, NYLC
Dr. Valdés is a career-shifter who has made the lifelong commitment to support exceptional educational experiences for students, and those who support students. Valdés leads the efforts to expand youth leadership initiatives and professional development for educators. She approaches this work through an educator’s lens, having been a teacher, principal and district superintendent. She has also led national teams to develop eLearning curricula, help districts transition to Common Core State Standards, and design and deliver professional development on a wide variety of K-12 topics. A strong advocate for student responsibility and empowerment, she uses NYLC’s national platform to effect dramatic impact that drives student achievement through leadership and service-learning.

Susan Valdés

Harris Wofford
Wofford represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States Senate from 1991 to 1994. He brought universal health care into the national spotlight by making it a core issue of his campaign and Senate service. He served as Gov. Casey's Secretary of Labor and Industry.

He was president of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA from 1970 to 1978. In the 1960s, Wofford served as President Kennedy’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights, and worked closely with Sargent Shriver in organizing the Peace Corps. Later he served as the Peace Corps’ Special Representative to Africa and its Associate Director. In 1949 he and his wife Clare had a fellowship in India to study Gandhi, after which they wrote the book India Afire. Wofford became an advisor to Martin Luther King in the 1950s after the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

After Rick Santorum defeated him in 1994, Wofford was appointed by President Clinton to be CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps, Service-Learning and other national service programs. He is the author five books, including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties.

Featured Speakers

Cathryn Berger Kaye

Cathryn Berger Kaye, CBK Associates and ABCD Books
Kaye is delighted to return to the National Service-Learning Conference. Kaye travels the world providing professional development, conference keynotes, and exceptional education resources on topics including service-learning, 21st century skills, engaging teaching methods, social and emotional development, demystifying Common Core Standards, curriculum development, environmental issues, and literature connections. Kaye is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning (Revised & Updated Second Edition), and Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands and Make A Splash! A Teen Guide to Saving our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands both written with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International, along with numerous articles and blogs.

Manuelito Biag

Manuelito Biag, Research Associate, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University
At the John W. Gardner Center, Biag supports multiple research projects such as those focused on postsecondary education, algebra readiness, and full-service community schools. Biag also has many years of experience working directly with youth in various settings including group homes, public schools, and day treatment programs. Biag has published a variety of papers including those examining the California high school dropout problem, students' perceptions of safety at school, and school connectedness in disadvantaged, ethnically-diverse, urban school settings.

Minh Dang

Minh Dang, independent consultant, trainer, and speaker
Dang is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice. Dang is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors. Dang recently served as the Executive Director for Don’t Sell Bodies, an anti-human trafficking initiative founded by Jada Pinkett Smith. She is passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing. Dang has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and sexual slavery in the United States.

David Eisner

David Eisner, President and CEO, Repair the World
Eisner is one of the premiere leaders in volunteering and service. He has vast experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, government, and grant-making sectors. In January 2013, Eisner was appointed President and CEO of Repair the World, a national non-profit organization that seeks to engage the Jewish community in service and volunteerism. In 2009 he was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in to serve as the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. Prior to the Constitution Center, he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003 to assume leadership of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Scott Ganske

Scott Ganske, Director of Education, YSA (Youth Service America)
Ganske oversees three national K-12 service-learning programs that emphasize academic achievement, 21st Century skills, and STEM education. He also facilitates workshops at local, state, and national conferences. Prior to his arrival at YSA, Ganske was an Education Consultant at Service Learning Texas (SLT), where he managed a portfolio of Learn and Serve America programs, and provided support, coaching, and mentoring to school districts, education centers, and organizations.

Gibson

Reverend Jay Gibson, Shinnyo-en Los Angeles Temple, CA
Rev. Gibson was raised in Northeast Texas, and became a member of the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order while working in Arizona. Since 2001, Rev. Gibson has been serving as a spiritual teacher and guide at the Shinnyo-en Temple in Orange County, California. He became an ordained Dharma teacher in 2007, and currently serves as Temple Manager. At Shinnyo-en, members are encouraged to engage in giving themselves in selfless service to others. Shinnyo-en also sponsors community events and special services that allow members an opportunity to serve others as volunteers, thereby awakening their own Buddha natures.

Robert Gordon

Robert L. Gordon III, Chairman of the Board of Advisors, APX Labs
Gordon, Chairman of the Board of Advisors for APX Labs, joined APX in July of 2012 as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for overall strategic planning, corporate partnerships and joint ventures, and the management of strategic corporate communications. Prior to his work at APX Labs, Gordon was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the post of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

Scott Ganske

Tony Heath, Chesapeake District Community Relations Supervisor, UPS
Heath, 2014 winner of the prestigious Casey Community Service Award, is the Chesapeake District Community Relations Supervisor for UPS as well as the co-founder of the Better Living Center, which is dedicated to helping Chester, PA, residents become empowered and improve their lives. Thanks to his tireless efforts, thousands of homeless people have been given food, clothing, and hope.

Carrier Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
Hessler-Radelet is acting Director of the Peace Corps as of July 2013. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010.

Brian Kenney

Brian Kenney, Director, White Plains Public Library
Kenney is an experienced library and editorial director focused on reinventing legacy institutions so that they grow and thrive in the 21st century. Kenney believes that the most successful libraries are community-focused while designed with the user's experience at their center. As the director of the White Plains Public Library in New York, Kenney has served as the editorial director of such publications as Library Journal and Publishers Weekly and as a manager at several libraries, including the Brooklyn Public Library.

Jana Kiser

Jana Kiser, Executive Director, Redwood City 2020
Kiser is the Executive Director of Redwood City 2020, a collaborative organization of public agencies and nonprofits that serve children, youth, and families in Redwood City, California. Before joining the Redwood City 2020 team, Kiser held the role of Executive Director of Global Learning, an international not-for-profit organization that she founded in 1997. Under her direction, Global Learning provided rigorous and relevant educational programs for more than 20,000 children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.

Tom Krieglstein

Tom Krieglstein, Founder, Student Launcher
Krieglstein is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and consultant on creating community, increasing student engagement, and fostering student retention. He has worked with over 350 schools worldwide. He has gone from successful internet entrepreneur of a $1.5 million dollar company at 21 years old to three-time “Campus Speaker of the Year” by the age of 28. As the founder of #SAchat, #SLchat, Swift Kick, and Student Launcher, Krieglstein has dedicated his life to helping students discover their passion through peer-to-peer learning and experiential learning. Blending together his technical aptitude with masterful storytelling, you’ll see why he is the premier educator on student engagement.

Liliane Laborde-Edozien

Liliane Laborde-Edozien, student, UC Berkeley
Laborde-Edozien facilitates a self-designed curriculum with the program Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Her program, Project HONEY (Helping to empower Oakland and Neighbors’ Exploited Youth), works with MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Serving, and Supporting Sexually Exploited Youth), an Oakland-based nonprofit working with girls ages 11-21 who have, or are being, commercially sexually exploited, to help address the needs of clients while raising awareness and creating advocates amongst college students.

Zak Malamed

Zak Malamed, Founder and Executive Director, Student Voice
Malamed is a 20-year-old student at the University of Maryland, College Park, designing his own major in Social Engagement. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Student Voice, a student-led and student-serving not-for-profit organization that works towards a future where all students have an influential voice in the decisions that impact their lives. The organization was born from the weekly #StuVoice Twitter chats that have taken place every Monday night at 8:30pm EST, since May 7th, 2012. The organization has since hosted its now-annual Student Voice Live! event that has had satellite events in 22 countries on six continents and has reached over 5 million individuals in the education community worldwide.

Jason Mangone

Jason Mangone, Director, The Franklin Project
Mangone currently serves as Director for the Franklin Project. Mangone served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 2006-2010. As a platoon commander with Third Battalion, Second Marines, he led Marines on three deployments in Iraq, the Middle East, and Haiti. Mangone left the Marine Corps and went on to work as a research associate in the Military Fellows program at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010-2011.

Austin Olney

Austin Olney, Digital Media Specialist, White Plains Public Library
Olney is the Digital Media Specialist at the White Plains Public Library, teaching teenagers to be digitally literate and providing them with vital technology skills for modern society. Using the resources of The Edge, the library’s new teen space, he engages teens to be media creators through a hands-on approach. A certified teacher, Olney has taught at a variety of educational institutions, including Camden, New York High School and Mohawk Valley Community.

Lana Peterson

Lana Peterson, Professional Development Manager, Training and Technology Integration, NYLC
Peterson brings experience working as a classroom teacher as well as a district Service-Learning Coordinator with a strong focus on school initiatives. She works closely with educators, service-learning coordinators, and youth through the Generator School Network, an online community of over 3000 members. Peterson has led training sessions for thousands of youth and adults through NYLC’s National Youth Leadership Trainings, district wide and contract trainings, and international, national, and regional conferences. Taking her training experience online, she delivers webinars on a variety of topics and prides herself on following best practices for online facilitation of professional development.

Eric Rowles

Eric Rowles, Leading to Change
Rowles is a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, and consultant who has worked with over 150,000 youth, adults, administrators, professionals, and policy makers within the past 15 years. His presentations are legendary - by combining the energy and innovation of a master trainer, while at the same time reaching the audience through his stories, research, and on-the-ground strategies. One part motivational speaker, one part DJ, and two parts community organizer and parent of 2 daughters, Rowles runs a customized consulting and facilitation practice that, through a network of over 20 dynamic and diversely talented trainers, works with for profit and non-profit organizations to achieve progressive and dynamic change.

Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa, sagawa/jospin
Sagawa is the author of "The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America." She is co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting firm that has provided strategic counsel to nonprofits and foundations since 2001. Sagawa also serves as a visiting fellow with the Center for American Progress and on the Leadership Council of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project. Sagawa served in the first Bush and Clinton Administrations, and in the Obama Transition.

Julia Sewell

Julia Sewell, Motivational Speaker, Spoken Word Artist, and Facilitator
Sewell has worked in the education field for the past 15 years. She has spoken at over 150 events, conferences and trainings. Serving on all major youth advisory boards and working with organizations such as NYLC, America's Promise Alliance, State Farm and BET, Sewell continues to create new, innovative strategies to reaching and teaching young people. She has created her own workshop and keynote series that focuses in on re-engaging at risk youth using methods like the arts. Currently, Sewell lives and works in Minnesota as an educational consultant, trainer and teacher.

Stephenson

Sue Stephenson, Vice President, Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Stephenson, a hotel executive with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, relocated from England to the United States in 1991 to join The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. From 2001 to 2006, Stephenson was Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In 2006, Stephenson assumed the leadership of The Ritz-Carlton social responsibility program, Community Footprints. Reporting to the President and Chief Operating Officer, she is charged with expanding the company’s global efforts in hunger and poverty relief, child welfare, and environmental conservation through a series of multi-faceted initiatives.

Sayuri Takagawa

Sayuri Takagawa, training coordinator, MISSSEY
Takagawa is a 2013-2014 Shinnyo-en Foundation Fellowship recipient from UC Berkeley. Her Fellowship project will address how to better contribute to the anti-trafficking movement by further engaging the student population across the Bay Area. Upon graduation from UC Berkeley, Takagawa will continue her role as a Shinnyo-fellow while working for MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploisted Youth), an Oakland based nonprofit working to end commercial sexual exploitation of children in Oakland, Calif.

Dr. James Toole

Dr. James Toole, President/CEO, Compass Institute and Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development
Toole travels globally helping schools, non-governmental organizations and youth themselves in the areas of service-learning, leadership development, social entrepreneurship, 21st century skills, spirituality and service, and international development. Throughout his career, he has sought to push the boundaries of understanding and practice in the youth service field. In 2001, he was invited to act as the expert consultant on practice to the National Service-Learning Commission led by Senator John Glenn. He also helped design a number of innovative civil society organizations including PeaceJam™, a peace education program that brings Nobel Peace Prize winners together globally with diverse high school and college youth.

Entertainment

Cultcha Sound

CultchaSound
CultchaSound, a Washington D.C. based reggae soundsystem, has been spinning reggae music since the early 90’s and is considered a premier selector in the reggae industry.

PVYSO

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra
The Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra motivates young people to be excellent students and citizens. Arguably one of the best steel orchestras in the Mid-Atlantic region, they also proudly state that their parent organization, CAFE, is “one of the best charities of the Greater Washington region."

The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project
The Poetry Project is an exploration into the power of spoken word and how it can be used to encourage our youth to read and write. Literacy is a main objective of the program and this art form touches the realm of education as well as artistic expression and creative development. Poetry is defined as the language of imagination expressed in verse and is a communicative art form that touches all aspects of life. From the clothes we wear, to the greeting cards we buy, the commercials we see on T.V. and the music we listen to. It is part of the language arts curriculum for middle school students and therefore relates directly to the standard course of study.

Trashion Show

Trashion Show
The Sierra Watershed Education Partnership empowers youth and the community to take action towards conservation measures in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, composting and recycling, through the “Lead it, Live it” Trashion Show Assemblies. A Trashion Show Assembly is a fashion show of artistic outfits hand-made by the students themselves out of unique materials, each with a commentary piece that is educational and lighthearted, sending a message of positive action.

David Young

David Young, instrumentalist
Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, David Young has become one of the world’s most well-known recorder players, producing over 50 CDs and selling over 1,500,000 copies.
Young has developed a method of playing two recorders at the same time, in harmony, which creates a sound that has been called the most heavenly music on Earth.

Youth Emcees

Chloe Beckham

Chloe Beckham
Beckham is a senior attending Richland Northeast high School. She serves as a Youth Action Council co-chair and senior co-chair for her school's service club, "Helping Other People Everywhere". This is her second National Service-Learning Conference.

Priscila Bellini

Priscila Bellini
Bellini is a journalism student from Sao Paulo. She has been studying Arabic for three years and works at Contexto magazine, a publication about politics, social movements, and culture. She has had exchange experiences in Qatar, USA, and Costa Rica, and is also a graduate of Soliya training.

Kelsey Foster

Kelsey Foster
Foster is a current freshman at the College of Charleston majoring in Communications in hopes of working for Special Olympics after graduation. She is currently a member of the National Youth Activation Committee for Project UNIFY.

Anas Ghanim

Anas Ghanim
Ghanim is a senior at MBO school in Doha, Qatar. Ghanim has participated in many educational programs such as DCMUN 2012 and the 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Denver, CO. He is highly motivated to work closely with youth. Being an emcee for the Conference strengthens his talents, leadership skills, and his passion to advance community service, global citizenship, and culture exchange.

Cole Hartman

Cole Hartman
Hartman is a sixth grade student at Wayzata West Middle School, Minn. He is a member of Destination Imagination team Be the Change. He is also a Red Wagon Award recipient for an anti-bullying service-learning project that included a school kindness week.

Will Lourcey

Will Lourcey
Lourcey is a 10 year old youth activist who founded Friends Reaching Our Goals, which raises awareness and money to fight hunger. FROGs has provided over 120,000 meals and helped pack over 40,000 backpacks with food for hungry kids.

Elizabeth Patel

Elizabeth Patel
Patel attends New Foundations Charter High School in Penn. She is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Council’s Youth Advisory Council. This is her third year coming to the Conference and being involved in service-learning.

Tony Salazar-Mejia

Tony Salazar-Mejia
Salazar-Mejia is a senior at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn. He is an alumnus of the National Youth Leadership Council’s National Youth Leadership Training and currently serves as a member of NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council. He is also heavily involved with a Latino-focused group Anglos-Latinos Motivados a Superarse, as well as the East Metro Integration District’s Youth Executive Board .

Soua Thao

Soua Thao
Thao is a senior at Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul, Minn. She is involved in many extracurricular activities. One of them includes serving on the National Youth Leadership Council's Youth Advisory Council. She enjoys serving others because changing the world and making a difference is one of her passions.

Shayna Unger

Shayna Unger
Unger was born deaf and raised in a deaf family. She attended Maryland School for the Deaf for her high school education. She is currently a senior at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., majoring in social work, as well as serving as an intern with Camp Fire Patuxent Area Council, Md. She loves to travel around the world and wishes to become an International social worker someday.

Shaun Verma

Shaun Verma
Verma is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University and the founder of MDJunior, a nonprofit that aims to "inspire selfless service through mentorship". Huffington Post nominated him as the Greatest Person of the Day on Thanksgiving last year. Verma also received the 2013 Wofford Award.