18 Aspire Leaders Program alumni pitched their social impact projects to a panel of entrepreneurs. Ten projects across nine countries will receive this award of up to $10,000 and begin their social impact journey. Projects solve problems from preserving post-harvest crops to providing awareness and greater service to those with disabilities.
Jameson Pierre-Louis learned that he is not alone in the difficulties he faces as a low-income student after the Aspire Leaders Program in 2021. Today, he works to make an impact and inspire other young leaders.
Mariam Mohammad, a graduate student and Palestinian refugee living in Lebanon, gained the ability to think outside the box through ALP. This drives her success in mentoring youth and impacting the field of public health among low-income communities.
Ronaldo Raposo ALP '21, a university student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil pursuing a degree in international relations with a focus on finance, credits the Aspire Leaders Program as the catalyst for his confidence in leading the change he wants to see in Latin America.
The Diana Award, given to 9-25 year olds, recognizes that youth have the ability to drive social change around the world. This year, the Aspire Institute proudly congratulates two alumni who have received this honor, Mariam Mohammad from Lebanon and Goodness Odey from Nigeria.
Zarek Martínez is a university student from Nuevo León, Mexico and alumnus of the Aspire Leaders Program 2021. After being awarded a Community Action Award grant from Aspire to train public school teachers in relevant digital tools, he feels like anything is possible if he believes in his talent and potential.
Faith grew up learning that "the backbone of the Cameroon economy is agriculture." With funding from the Aspire Community Action Award grant, Faith, as a young woman, is spearheading a project that brings experiential learning of agriculture to youth across Cameroon.
Abdallah is passionate about opening his mind to new cultures and not feeling constrained by his geography. The Aspire Leaders Program allowed him to understand the quality of education he can pursue and the dreams he can achieve. He was recently awarded an Extended Leadership Opportunity grant to pay for an English proficiency exam.
Through our Community Action Award, Maria Gorret Nabuwembo '21 is gathering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to determine neighborhoods in her home city of Kampala where new water and sanitation facilities need to be constructed.