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2017 AWARDS

The Helen Diller Family Foundation

Is Proud to Announce the

15

Recipients of the

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Julie Averbach

Short Hills, NJ | 17

Julie created Adventures From My World, a comic book that uses art therapy to support families of individuals with special needs by spotlighting the daily joys and challenges they face.

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Evan Barnard

Johns Creek, GA | 18

Evan Barnard began an initiative that advocates for inclusive public spaces for the disabled worldwide while connecting the visually impaired with accessible outdoor opportunities.

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Gabriella Cooperman

Highland Park, IL | 16

When Gabriella Cooperman saw how therapeutic horse riding was for her sister who has special needs, she came up with the idea that sparked Cookies for Charity, a large-scale lemonade and cookie stand.

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Sarah Katherine Eder

Shorewood, WI | 17

Katie Eder’s commitment to sharing her passion for creative writing with other youth led her to found Kids Tales. Designed to teach underprivileged kids creative writing skills, the organization has grown from eighteen students in one community to a global non-profit with hundreds of teens teaching more than 1,000 children across the globe.

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Taylor Gleeson

Lafayette, CO | 19

Experiences with the normalization of violence inspired Taylor to launch Students United Against Gun Violence.

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Nathaniel Goodman

San Diego, CA | 18

Through his initiative Filmmaking For Good, Nathaniel produces promotional videos and testimonials for non-profits.

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Benjamin Hoffner-Brodsky

Davis, CA | 17

Benjamin Hoffner-Brodsky leveraged his significant involvement with Youth Leadership Davis (YLD) to provide an outlet for informed, compassionate, and spiritual students to engage with their community.

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Michael Ioffe

Portland, OR | 17

Michale Ioffee is the founder of TILE, (Talks about Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship) a non-profit which offers free monthly conversations with innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs for high school and college students, particularly from low-income backgrounds.

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Sydney Kamen

Washington, D.C. | 19

Sydney created So Others Are Protected (SOAP), a self-empowerment initiative that addresses issues surrounding sanitation and the spread of disease in the under-resourced world.

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Sabina London

Haworth, NJ | 18

Sabina turned one middle school and high school girls’ science camp into over twenty free STEM summer programs across fourteen states.

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Elias Rosenthal

Santa Rosa, CA | 17

Elias organized twin projects: Teens4Health.org and Teens4Biz.org. Teen4Health.org encourages health and fitness literacy while Teens4Biz.org promotes financial literacy, public speaking skills, leadership, and college and career guidance for teens.

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Asa Schaeffer

Santa Cruz, CA | 17

Asa Schaeffer organized a Challenger Baseball league, where players who have physical or developmental disabilities are paired with Little League players, aka “buddies.”

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Oliver Stern

Miami Beach, FL | 16

Oliver realized other children with disabilities were not as fortunate. In response, he launched his project Our Abilities, which has educated over 900 students at North Beach Elementary about issues concerning disability advocacy.

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Shira Strongin

Corona Del Mar, CA | 17

Shira Strongin knows firsthand how lonely it can be to suffer from rare diseases. To reach other kids like herself, Shira founded Sick Chicks, a community about coping with illness and disability that unites thousands of young women around the world.

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Jordan Yaffe

Lutherville, MD | 17

Jordan developed Dunks for Diabetes (D4D), an annual basketball tournament that raises funds nationwide for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

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CELEBRATING

THE 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

2017 AWARD CEREMONY

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