DHL and WE honor the winners of the second annual DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Awards with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ecuador
Thursday, July 12, 2018
-- Six young American change-makers awarded for their outstanding
commitment to social service
-- Winners will join a ME to WE youth volunteer trip to Ecuador, where they
will work with local community members on development projects
-- Winners to receive their awards in front of thousands of their peers at
upcoming WE Day events
PLANTATION, FL, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - DHL, the world's leading international express services provider, and WE, a family of organizations that makes doing good doable, today announce the winners of the second annual DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Awards. The award celebrates six exceptional young Americans who are leading the charge in service with their transformative actions. The two organizations will help jump-start these young leaders' altruistic futures by providing them with the tools and support they need to continue being change-makers in their community.
Open to youth aged 13 to 18 from the states of Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Washington, and California, the award required candidates to highlight how they have successfully made an impact in their community or beyond by taking action on issues they are passionate about. A judging panel of influential thought and community leaders, led by Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S., and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of WE, selected the winners.
The 2018 DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Award winners include:
Piper Huddleston, 16, Grade 10, San Antonio, Texas
-- After a summer volunteering at CAMP (Children's Association for Maximum
Potential) with children and adults with various disabilities including
autism, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, Piper is committed to
ensuring that individuals with disabilities are accepted in their
communities. She has helped establish the Down Syndrome Center of South
Texas where students can immerse themselves in the special-needs
culture. She is also working on a literacy initiative for children in
Esperanza Lee, 15, Grade 9, Minneapolis, Minnesota
-- During her time living in China, Esperanza became an advocate for mental
wellness after meeting many youth who suffered from mental health
issues. She raised more than $3,000 for children with special needs in
China's orphanages and later joined various training programs in the
United States devoted to eliminating mental health stigmas. In 2016,
Esperanza received a Youth Service America/Disney Be Inspired grant for
her Stick With Hope initiative, which provides presentations on mental
health stigmas at elementary and middle schools while mobilizing youth
to serve as ambassadors of hope by writing notes of encouragement.
Radoslava Pierdinock, 18, Grade 12, Berwyn, Illinois
-- Radoslava fosters a love of reading to help combat illiteracy. With the
help of her community, she transformed a storage room at a local school
into a library for students. She organized donations for books, décor,
paint and the transformation of the room into an inviting space for
young children to read in. Radoslava is president of her high school's
National Honor Society and has organized countless free tutoring
sessions for students. She aspires to gain enough awareness and support
to solve issues in the country's education system.
Bianka Oritz, 17, Grade 12, Central Islip, New York
-- As a student at a large high school on Long Island, New York, Bianka
became aware that the community of Spanish-speaking students was
struggling due to a lack of bilingual teachers. Along with her friends,
Bianka initiated tutoring sessions within her AP Spanish class, where
Spanish-speaking students could seek help in various subjects from
individuals fluent in both English and Spanish. She is also an active
member of the Feminist Society Club at her high school, where she helps
raise awareness of human trafficking, child brides and educational
restrictions for girls in other countries.
Tyler Zangaglia, 19, Grade 12, Kirkland, Washington
-- Tyler is taking action on poverty and homelessness in his home state. As
the founder of the Hope Festival organization, a nonprofit that serves
the world through the power of hope, Tyler has already provided
resources to 6,500 individuals in need, partnered with 200
organizations, raised more than $28,000 in grants and sponsorships, and
led more than 1,200 volunteers. His goal is not only to serve those in
need, but also to raise awareness and eliminate stereotypes on the
issues that face his community.
Vivian Wang, 15, Grade 9, Yorba Linda, California
-- After visiting a local animal shelter, Vivian recognized the need for
warm linens to keep the animals from getting cold while spending long
hours outside. She and her sister founded Linens N Love, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to repurposing discarded linens from high-end
franchise hotels for animal shelters, as well as for the homeless,
women's shelters and teen outreach centers. Vivian has aspirations to
expand Linens N Love on a national and global scale.
The fellowship prize package includes an immersive travel experience with ME to WE to Ecuador, where the young leaders will volunteer and explore a new culture while working alongside community members on development projects. Winners will also receive:
-- An invitation to receive their award in front of thousands of their
peers in their home state on stage at the world's largest youth
empowerment event of its kind, WE Day
-- A leadership session with Greg Hewitt and Marc Kielburger to learn
firsthand from two accomplished social leaders
-- Mentorship from a WE leadership member, who will provide one-on-one
support to ensure recipients have the tools and support necessary to see
their action plans through
"The most powerful and effective social change always come from the ground up and as the result of committed individuals," said DHL Express U.S. CEO Greg Hewitt. "DHL is proud to be able to invest these outstanding young Americans with the tools, trust and experience they need to continue their commitments for the larger good. We thank all of the candidates we evaluated, as well as their families, for articulating the kind of values that DHL stands for--namely, connecting people and improving their lives."
"For the second year in a row we received incredible applications from youth across the U.S., and I'm honored to celebrate these six young Americans as this year's winners of the DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Award," said Marc Kielburger, co-founder of WE. "Through outstanding service projects, these young change-makers are demonstrating their creative approach to tackling social issues with out-of-the-box solutions that create real, lasting impacts. I'm excited to see how the award will inspire and shape their next endeavors."
DHL partners with WE year-round to help make an impact in local and global communities. DHL Express U.S. is the Official Logistics Partner of the WE Day events for each city on the U.S. tour, where DHL provides shipping support and employee volunteers. DHL also supports the social enterprise arm of WE, having shipped since 2012 to U.S. and Canada retailers over 1.5 million pieces of jewelry handmade by female artisans in Kenya and Ecuador, helping these women earn an income to send their children to school.
For more information about the award, please visit WE.org/dhl.
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 360,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 60 billion euros in 2017.
WE is a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good. WE enables youth and families to better the world - supporting 7,200+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at WE.org.
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