Posner ’09 Receives $100,000 “Do Something Award”

Jessica Posner ’09 at the Do Something Awards.

Jessica Posner ’09 was declared the top world-changer among all Americans under 25 in the ‘Do Something Awards,’ at a live broadcast on July 19  from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. She received $100,000 for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization she co-founded that last August with Kennedy Odede ’12 and that created the first free school for girls in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum.

A Denver resident, Posner was selected among five finalists by voting on the Internet.  She also has started a gardening program, a library, an Internet-ready computer center and introduced ecologically friendly latrines. In August, Shining Hope will open Kibera’s first accessible community health center.

Read more in the Denver Post and the Hartford Courant.

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David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: dlow@wesleyan.edu 

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