2018 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Finalists

Each year, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards is fortunate to receive hundreds of highly-qualified applications from across the country in the spirit of the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe. With overwhelming interest and an excellent pool of applicants this year, the Selection Committee has decided to formally recognize the top contenders for this year’s awards with the “Finalist” title, for the first time. Although these six Finalists did not win, they made it to the final round of selection and each uniquely represent the incredible work being done by leaders and everyday heroes dedicating their lives to empowering women and children in the United States, in the areas of health, education, social reform, self-esteem and leadership development.

  • Code/Art

    Amy Renshaw, Marina Ganopolsky, and Lander Basterra

    Code/Art’s mission is to increase the number of girls studying computer science by delighting and inspiring them with the creative possibilities of computer programming, showing girls how to write computer programs that create art. It does this by offering free coding programs for girls in schools, after-school programs, weekend workshops, and corporate-based workshop series. Code/Art’s long-term goal is to provide a fun, non-intimidating early introduction to computer science for girls and ultimately debunk stereotypes that prevent women and girls from coding.

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  • Insight Garden Program

    Beth Waitkus

    Insight Garden Program (IGP) engages incarcerated women and youth in a year-long environmental education, personal development, and professional training program that enables them to re-enter society with a commitment to environmental stewardship, marketable green sector skills, and the personal resilience required to succeed. IGP facilitates an innovative curriculum so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

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  • Literacy Lab (LitLab)

    Mialisa Bonta

    LitLab’s mission is to create connected and interactive early learning environments by deploying books, digital content, and blended learning solutions for under-resourced children, their caregivers, and educators in the Bay Area of California. LitLab provides early learning and language development for children, ages 2 to 8-years-old, while also empowering parents—regardless of their native language—to be active participants in their child’s learning and growth through an online learning platform. Accessible on personal mobile and tablet devices, LitLab hopes to enable caregivers to be active champions of their students’ education.

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    Michelle Cove

    MEDIAGIRLS’ mission is to boost the self-worth of girls and young women by teaching them to harness the power of social media for positive change. Through after-school programming that focuses on transforming toxic media messaging, MEDIAGIRLS participants learn to inspire and support each other, and use their own social media platforms to influence their peers and to create true cultural change. Participants learn to challenge and redefine the media’s impossible standards of beauty by deconstructing media ads, developing their own narratives of self-worth, and promoting a social media campaign to empower other girls.

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  • Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX)

    Lisa HInkelman

    The mission of Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) is to equip girls with the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives. ROX’s professionally led twenty-week workshop empowers girls in grades 5- 12 by boosting self-esteem while promoting connectivity and shared celebration of being a girl. ROX provides education and professional development to the adult influencers in girls’ lives to help shape the environment in which girls learn and grow and inspires girls to take charge of their own relationships, experiences, and decisions.

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  • S.O.U.L. Sisters

    Wakumi Douglas

    S.O.U.L. Sisters’ mission is to mobilize systems-involved girls and femmes of color – black, brown, and indigenous – to interrupt cycles of violence, poverty, and oppression. By focusing on making a deep investment in the long-term success of girls most impacted by oppression, S.O.U.L. Sisters engages them in programming centered on personal healing, leadership development, social justice education, and the arts. S.O.U.L. Sisters envisions a world in which these young women and femmes of color reclaim lives of authenticity, joy, and freedom.

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