In its fourth year ELEVATE had the honor of hosting the largest and most diverse cohort yet. We welcomed 59 high-caliber students from 16 U.S. states and five countries. Students were placed in diverse peer groups based on their StrengthsQuest assessment results. They worked together to address social issues in from their local communities. After four days of intense ideating, pivoting, persevering, and pitching, the six groups pitched their projects to a panel of expert judges.
The judges were proud to award Emma Wilt from Simpsonville, South Carolina with $1,250 for her team’s project, Squirm to Learn. Emma and her team hope to enable elementary-age students to better cope with ADD/ADHD by integrating themselves into the classroom. Squirm to Learn would provide inexpensive and simple tools, such as sensory cushions, weighted blankets, timers, and sensory Velcro strips, along with training for teachers.
Second place winner Tashayla Borden was awarded $750 for her team’s project RACEmedia, targeting youth racial reconciliation in Boson, MA.
Gabriela Anselmi and Andrew Kim tied for third place. They were awarded $500 each for their international projects. Gabriela and her team plan to expand health and nutrition education in a K-12 school in Maringa, Brazil. Andrew and his team will provide underprivileged middle schoolers in Korea with the opportunity to learn English by establishing a free instruction program at World Vision Korea’s Songpa community center.
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