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2016 AWARDS

The Helen Diller Family Foundation

Is Proud to Announce the

14

Recipients of the

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Kayla Abramowitz

North Palm Beach, FL | 14

Kayla developed an organization that lifts the spirits of young patients nationwide by donating recreational items to keep youth engaged and motivated during long hospital stays.

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Brittany Paris Amano

Honolulu, HI | 18

Brittany Amano formed a project that combats malnutrition in youth living in poverty-stricken and low-income communities through peer mentoring, cooking lessons, and donations of nutritious food and school supplies.

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Max Davis

Stoneham, MA | 14

Maxwell Davis created a community project that engages youth in advocacy and lobbying efforts to raise funds to provide unaccompanied homeless youth with housing and supportive services.

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Talia Eskenazi

New York, NY | 16

Talia Eskenazi co-founded a non-profit organization that hosts birthday parties for disadvantaged children, to spread happiness, raise self-esteem, and create memorable experiences.

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Jessica Goldberg

Saint Louis, MO | 17

Jessica Goldberg co-founded an organization that hosts an annual talent show to raise funds to provide disadvantaged students with the school supplies they need to be successful learners.

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Alexa Grabelle

Voorhees, NJ | 15

Alexa Grabelle formed a program that helps close the reading gap by collecting and donating new and gently used books to students in underserved communities.

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Isaiah Granet

San Diego, CA | 16

Isaiah Granet created a non-profit ice-hockey league to offer a welcoming community to children with developmental disabilities where they can connect with peers and gain self-confidence.

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Corinne Hindes

Walnut Creek, CA | 16

Corinne Hindes co-founded an initiative that engages teen volunteers to collect unwanted warm apparel from ski resorts and distribute it to homeless people to help protect them during the winter months.

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Alexandra Jackman

Westfield, NJ | 16

Alexandra Jackman is an autism advocate, and the creator of an award-winning documentary that is used in schools nationwide to increase autism awareness, acceptance, and education.

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Michael Mottahedeh

Calabasas, CA | 18

Michael Mottahedeh expanded awareness and involvement for a local program that works to reduce juvenile delinquency rates. Teens suspected of committing misdemeanors get chance to clear their records by presenting their case to a jury of their peers.

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Laurielle Schwab

Running Springs, CA | 18

Laurielle Schwab launched a program that pairs teens with elementary school children in one-on one and group settings to help foster a love for reading, build comprehension skills, and increase classroom engagement.

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Zachary Stier

Paramus, NJ | 18

Zachary Stier established a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains teen volunteers to provide free one-on-one personalized tutoring to students struggling in math and cannot afford to pay for a private tutor.

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Eli Wachs

Bryn Mawr, PA | 18

Eli Wachs hosts incentivized competitions to give students a platform to problem-solve issues in their community and effect meaningful change on a global scale.

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Valerie Weisler

New City, NY | 18

Valerie Weisler founded an international non-profit organization that empowers teens to gain self-confidence, overcome bullying and other personal obstacles, and tap into their skills to create solutions for social justice issues.

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CELEBRATING

THE 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS

2016 AWARD CEREMONY

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