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

David LowAugust 3, 20103min
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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