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2015 AWARDS

The Helen Diller Family Foundation

Celebrates the

15

Recipients of the 2015

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Shira Alcouloumre

Laguna Beach, CA | 16

Shira provides food, clothing, gifts, medical care, and English lessons to the day laborers in her community—inspired, in part, by a childhood lesson involving a peach.

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Zachary Azrael

Baltimore, MD | 18

Zachary helps at-risk kids realize their dreams while also offering classmates service opportunities that matter.

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Sophie Bernstein

St. Louis, MO | 15

What began as a backyard garden and Bat Mitzvah project has blossomed into over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce for St. Louis families and a program to combat childhood hunger and obesity.

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Liesl Eibschutz

San Luis Obispo, CA | 17

Homeless and disadvantaged teens are often an invisible minority on high school campuses. Liesl created a club to provide these peers with financial assistance, basic necessities, and college scholarships.

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Emmi Eisner

Encino, CA | 16

Emmi knew well the benefits that go along with playing sports and wanted to make sure other kids had a chance to enjoy the activities she previously took for granted.

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Hart Fogel

Mill Valley, CA | 16

Hart found a way to combine his community garden work and passion for restorative justice to bring together a diverse community over fresh, healthy food.

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Jake Galant

Dallas, TX | 17

For low-income youth in his community, Jake is transforming a career in computer programming from a dream to reality.

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Riley Gantt

Sherman Oaks, CA | 14

At only 10 years old, Riley founded a nonprofit to help provide low-income elementary schoolers with the supplies they need to be successful learners.

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Marissa Hacker

Voorhees, NJ | 18

Marissa struggled with the social isolation she saw her autistic brother facing every day. So, she created a fun, welcoming, inclusive organization for him and other kids with special needs.

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Matthew Kaplan

Phoenix, AZ | 18

When he learned that some of his brother’s classmates had been bullying him, Matthew decided to address the pernicious bullying pervasive among his peers.

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Jessica Markowitz

Seattle, WA | 19

A childhood meeting with a human rights advocate inspired Jessica to embark on a journey of empowering girls her age in Rwanda to succeed in school and grow into community leaders.

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Lauren Maunus

Palm City, FL | 17

Lauren has become a tireless advocate for giving students the tools to manage their allergies and make healthy choices in the cafeteria.

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Ben Moelis

Hewlett, NY | 18

Ben led a team of 25 in a community-wide project: creating a game to help kids with Fragile-X Syndrome (on the autism spectrum) manage stressful moments without anxiety.

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Ruthie Perlman

Greenville, SC | 17

By bringing together Jewish teens, Ruthie has strengthened the small Jewish community in her hometown, helping previously isolated local teens connect and develop pride in their Jewish identity.

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Andrew Plotch

Fair Lawn, NJ | 19

A simple yet powerful tool that Andrew developed—a fill in the blank sticker that reads, "I believe in..."—has catalyzed conversations about important issues in high schools across the country.

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Celebrating

The 2015 Award Recipients

2015 Award Ceremony

Along with the monetary reward, honorees will be recognized at an in-person gala and ceremony to celebrate their achievements.