Meet our 2020 Prize recipients. Click on their names to see detailed descriptions of their projects.
2020 - PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH REGION)
Nicholas Anglin serves as the chief executive officer of his own nonprofit, Black, Young, and Educated (B.Y.E.).
2020 - ALABAMA
Sarah Arafat serves as senior class president as well as president of her school's Interfaith Club.
2020 - TENNESSEE (MEMPHIS REGION)
Keiara Baker has been involved in various school projects that have been instrumental in addressing issues of racial prejudice.
Calvin Bell III
2020 - NEW JERSEY (CENTRAL/SOUTHERN REGION)
Calvin Bell III started a capstone project entitled "Community Engagement in the City of Camden and its Impact on the Rates of Violence."
2020 - CALIFORNIA (LOS ANGELES REGION)
Sasha Benson created a program called A Safe Space to educate younger girls of color on microaggressions, breaking stereotypes, and how to deal with discriminatory situations intelligently.
2020 - CALIFORNIA (SAN DIEGO REGION)
Camille Chang co-leads her school's Student Equity Advisory (SEA), which serves as a meeting place for all affinity and alliance groups on her campus to share ideas about how to promote equity and justice in her school community.
2020 - FLORIDA (MIAMI REGION)
Aisha Chebbi is the founder and host of "The Hybrid Podcast," which fosters much-needed conversation about the beauties and struggles of balancing multiple identities in the melting pot that is the U.S.
2020 - AT LARGE REGION
Alexandra Drakeford serves as student body president, was crowned Homecoming Queen, and founded Teaching Tolerance @PLP.
2020 - NEW JERSEY (NORTHERN NJ REGION)
Darlene Folas created WOKE (Where Our Kids Empower) to create conducive spaces for students to navigate individual, interpersonal and institutional solutions to social problems while building a community around political activism.
2020 - FLORIDA (TAMPA REGION)
Brandon Griggs founded Hear the Youth, an organization empowering youth to have a voice and improve the policies addressing issues that affect them.
2020 - MISSOURI
Farheen Khan created Students for Progressive Change as an outlet for students to have a voice in changes necessary in her school district.
2020 - CONNECTICUT
Mariam Khan founded the Global Youth Activists (GYA), a youth-driven organization which aims to amplify student voices, fight for marginalized communities, and use empathy to combat hate.
2020 - TEXAS (DALLAS REGION)
Maria Lopez is the founder of the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition (SVEC) in Dallas.
2020 - MARYLAND
Katrina Marinelli serves as the president and founder of One Book-One Poly: Breaking the Boundaries, a school and community-wide book club aimed at discussing historical, structural racism in Baltimore City and its effects on the inequities present in education.
2020 - NEW YORK (ROCHESTER REGION)
Chantel McCrea serves as the leader and founder of a group called the Diversity Ambassadors, a group created to promote racial equity as well as understanding in her school and in her community.
2020 - OHIO
Elizabeth Metz is the executive vice president and student body president-elect and the multimedia editor of the student news organization, the Beachcomber.
2020 - CALIFORNIA (SAN FRANCISCO REGION)
Krishay Mukhija is the founder of Suits2Empower, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
2020 - NEW YORK (NEW YORK CITY REGION)
Leanne Nunes is the executive high school director of IntegrateNYC (INYC), a youth-led integration organization whose main goal is to ensure that equity and justice exist in all the New York City public schools, serving more than 1.1 million students.
2020 - MASSACHUSETTS
Jason Nuñez founded the Student Equity and Inclusion Committee which meets monthly with faculty to discuss ways to improve the community's approach to equity and inclusion.
2020 - COLORADO
Jhoni Palmer serves as an executive leader in the Denver Public Schools' Student Voice and Leadership Coalition (SVLC).
2020 - WASHINGTON D.C.
Srihari Ravi researched the achievement and opportunity gaps in his school district, Montgomery County Public Schools, for a 20-page IB Maths Standard Level research paper.
2020 - ILLINOIS
Samira Rivera and her classmates worked with the Chicago History Museum to establish a temporary and permanent exhibit featuring Latinx history.
2020 - TEXAS (HOUSTON REGION)
Sherrod Session serves as the youth education chairman through the NAACP at the BBYO annual conference.
2020 - GEORGIA
Manav Shah founded LiberatedVoices, a nonprofit that uses protest art as a vehicle of communication in helping refugee youth express their journeys as refugees, their experiences with racism, and what they wish to see change in the world.
2020 - PENNSYLVANIA (PHILADELPHIA REGION)
Savannah Shepherd led the official process to have a state marker erected to memorialize the 1903 lynching of George White.
2020 - MICHIGAN
Aniyah Stokes is the president of the National Honor Society, a functioning head of Farmington's District Diversity Committee, and has served on various committees providing a voice for her peers during the closure of her high school and transition into another school in the district.
Amira Tripp Folsom
2020 - WASHINGTON STATE
Amira Tripp Folsom is a gun violence prevention activist and a leader of the organization Re-Innovate Evolve Prevent.
Kyla Warman serves as the founder and president of Kearney Inclusion N' Diversity (K.I.N.D.), the first organization of its kind in her school district.
2020 - TENNESSEE (NASHVILLE REGION)
Alora Young is the founder of AboveGround, an organization that strives to increase the accessibility of advanced academics to students of color through creative writing.