The U.S. spends $50 billion dollars on aid each year, but too many communities are still failing. There's a problem in the way we give foreign aid and Sasha is redesigning the model. She realized the solution is to involve the community in the planning and design of AID projects. After graduating from college, Sasha moved to East Africa to start Spark Microgrants. Spark provides grants to rural poor communities in Rwanda and Uganda to implement their own social impact projects such as schools, water wells, and health centers. Since 2011, Spark has awarded 32 grants in 50 communities, creating projects that have improved the lives of over 15,000 people.
Growing up as a black male in a predominantly white neighborhood in Florida, Daniel frequently felt profiled because of his race. Then in February 2012 Trayvon Martin was shot while walking around his neighborhood and Daniel knew it could have been him. Daniel started the movement that brought the Trayvon Martin case to our national attention. The Millionhoodies Movement for Justice raised awareness for the case by collecting over two million petition signatures to have George Zimmerman arrested and engaged 50,000 people to participate in Millionhoodies rallies across the country.
Jillian was 19 years-old when she took a break from college to start her modeling career. One night while sleeping in her hotel room, her manager and his friends raped her, which started a vicious cycle where she was the victim of sexual trafficking and blackmail for six months. After getting out of that dangerous situation, Jillian founded an organization that works to prevent sex trafficking from going unnoticed. All We Want is LOVE (Liberation of Victims Everywhere) provides training to those who might come in contact with it such as hotel workers and cable companies, and work to rescue sex trafficking victims. Jillian has distributed 12,000 bars of soap labeled with the National Sex Trafficking Hotline to hotels during the PGA Golf Tournament, which resulted in uncovering five cases of trafficking.
Lorella was two years old when she was in a car accident in her native country of Peru. The accident left her with only one leg. Lorella's parents brought her to the U.S. so that she could have a better chance of receiving top-notch medical care and an education. Lorella is a DREAMer, someone who was brought to the U.S. as a child without documentation. She did not know she was undocumented until she was applying for college and was offered a full ride from Quinnipiac University, but was not allowed to receive it. Lorella convinced the college to give her a scholarship, and then started a student group that fought to make sure undocumented students in Connecticut could receive in-state tuition. Lorella is now the Director of Advocacy and Policy at United We Dream, a national organization dedicated to earning rights for the 11 million DREAMers in the U.S.
22 million pounds of food are wasted every year on college campuses across the U.S, but 49 million people in the country are hungry. The facts don't add up, so Ben started the Food Recovery Network to recover leftover food from dining halls and donate it to local soup kitchens. FRN has 19 college chapters across 11 states and has recovered 135,000 pounds of food.