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2021 AWARDS

The Helen Diller Family Foundation

Is Proud to Announce the

15

Recipients of the

2021 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Kelly Danielpour

Los Angeles, CA | 18

According to the W.H.O., vaccine hesitancy is a top threat to global health. Kelly founded VaxTeen to educate teens and young adults on the importance of vaccines and empower them to make well-informed decisions regarding their health.

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Sam Friedman

West Palm Beach, FL | 17

After recognizing how technical illiteracy can leave seniors behind, Sam founded South Florida Tech for Seniors, a nonprofit that provides free, one-on-one technology support for seniors in South Florida.

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Sarah Frank

Tampa, FL | 17

Troubled by the inequality of education resources as students struggled during the pandemic, Sarah built Simple Studies Inc, an organization that offers free resources for and by students to help every student reach their academic potential.

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Hannah Frazer

Highland Park, IL | 19

Hannah developed the Question Connection card game to facilitate interpersonal connection and cultivate empathy at a time when social media and technology inhibit open communication.

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Daniel Goldberg

Santa Barbara, CA | 17

Daniel leveraged his low risk for serious illness during the pandemic to provide free grocery delivery services and social support to the elderly and immunocompromised through ZoomersToBoomers.

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Jordan Grabelle

Voorhees, NJ | 16

At the age of 10, inspired by her love of reading and early volunteering experience, Jordan founded Love Letters for Literacy, which recruits volunteers across the globe to create fun literacy packets for underserved communities.

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Sari Kaufman

Parkland, FL | 18

A survivor of the Parkland, FL shooting, Sari knew firsthand the importance of informed political engagement. She co-founded the civic education organization and website MyVote Project to increase voter education and political accountability nationwide.

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Maurice Korish

Randolph, NJ | 17

When the pandemic increased the demand for and necessity of grocery delivery, Maurice co-founded Deliver Together to match vulnerable individuals with local teen volunteers who provide free, reliable grocery delivery services.

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Jerry Orans

Mamaroneck, NY | 16

When medical facilities lacked PPE, Jerry realized that he could mobilize people with home tools to help; he co-founded Hack The Pandemic to crowdsource the manufacturing and distribution of PPE for first responders.

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Sarah Shapiro

Northridge, CA | 17

An ambitious education advocate, Sarah recognized the need for both accessible academic and extracurricular services during the pandemic. She co-founded The Covid NineTEEN Project, an international organization offering free one-on-one tutoring and activities ranging from the arts to academics to athletics, serving elementary students around the world.

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Hope Shinderman

Pacific Palisades, CA | 17

When the pandemic exacerbated education inequality, Hope founded Bored of Boredom, an organization that helps diverse students worldwide access free academic and extracurricular resources, mobilizes participants to fight for social justice, and works to close the digital divide.

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Emanuelle Sippy

Lexington, KY | 17

As a youth activist, Emanuelle knew the value of collecting stories as well as statistics. She organized the Coping with COVID-19 Student-to-Student Study, a survey of nearly 10,000 Kentucky students, to identify and address issues of education inequity, create a community of support, and affect policy changes.

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Daniel Solomon

Miami, FL | 17

Legally blind since birth, Daniel combined his passions for orchestral music and equitable access to the arts to found Pinecrest City Music Project, Inc., a licensed charitable organization that operates, funds, and instructs musical arts programs in Miami public schools.

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Lauren Tapper

Chicago, IL | 15

Inspired to create a platform for building community amid the isolation of the pandemic, Lauren co-founded Covid-TV, an online platform offering peer-to-peer emotional and mental health support and conducting social justice projects and activism on a global scale.

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Alana Weisberg

Los Angeles, CA | 15

When Alana, an avid reader, realized that school closures had left students in underserved communities without access to libraries and books, she founded Bookworm Global, which promotes literacy and supports the environment through gently-used-book giveaways and library installations in low-income communities.

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CELEBRATING

THE 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS