Malibu, CA | 17
2018 Award Recipient
In 2014, Dillon Eisman toured the Los Angeles LGBT Center for Homeless Youth and was inspired to start upcycling clothes for young people without access to new clothing for work or school. Dillon went on to found Sew Swag, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization creatively reusing donated apparel for the homeless youth population in the greater Los Angeles area. So far, Dillon has received thousands of dollars’ worth of clothing from individual contributions, non-profit organizations, and corporations like Brandy Melville, Hollister, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Thousands of homeless individuals have received clothing and Dillon is currently developing workshops to train other teens in sewing and upcycling. Dillon was featured on NBC’s #Pride30 List for LGBT Innovators, Changemakers, and Rising Stars and is also the founding President of the Gay-Straight Alliance at his high school, where he has served as Class President for three consecutive years.
Touring the L.A. LGBT Center for Homeless Youth inspired Dillon to found Sew Swag, Inc., a non-profit reusing donated apparel for homeless youth. Dillon has upcycled and distributed thousands of dollars’ worth of clothing from individuals, non-profits, and corporations and is currently developing workshops to train other teens in upcycling. Dillon was featured on NBC’s #Pride30 List for LGBT Innovators, Changemakers, and Rising Stars and is his school’s founding president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.