2019 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grant Recipients

$100,000 Grand Prize Recipient


Amber Scott
Atlanta, GA

$25,000 Grant Recipient

Calmer Choice

Fiona Jensen
South Yarmouth, MA

$25,000 Grant Recipient

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Jamila Larson
Washington, D.C.


ascena Foundation is pleased to announce that all Jaffe awardees, finalists and top applicants will have access to HERCentral, an online community with resources, mentorship opportunities, and peer and expert support to further women and girls on their changemaking journeys. ascena Foundation has launched a strategic alliance with Ashoka—the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs—to create HERCentral and advance women’s leadership, ultimately driving greater impact for social change in our communities and across the nation.

Young changemaker award

2018 marked the Young Changemaker Award. The grant recipient was selected from the 310 HERlead Fellowship alumna who, in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership, have been trained, mentored and inspired to become the next generation of female leaders. The Young Changemaker Award is an acknowledgement of one former Fellow’s accomplishments and the next step in her journey to effect global progress.

To learn more about the HERlead Fellowship, please click here.

Click here to view the winner of the 2018 Young ChangeMaker HERlead Award


This year marked the fifth annual ascenaCARES Associate Awards. We asked associates from across the ascena brands to nominate a colleague they feel embodies the spirit of the awards. We were looking for associates who, like the winners of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award, are everyday heroes who do work that impacts others and supports those in need. One winner from each brand was chosen.

Click here to view the winners of the 2019 ascenaCARES Associate Awards


During the inaugural year of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards, ascena invited associates from their brands to submit design ideas for the actual award that would be given to the winners.

There were 30 submissions from representatives from each of the five brands. These 30 submissions were narrowed down to 10 finalists and Mrs. Jaffe chose the final winner from these selections.

The winning design was created by Angela Casper, Store Leader of dressbarn in Deptford, NJ.

2019 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Finalists

Each year, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards is fortunate to receive hundreds of applications from highly-qualified people working in the spirit of the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe. With overwhelming interest and an excellent pool of applicants, the Selection Committee formally recognizes the top contenders for the Awards with the “Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Finalist” title. Each Finalist uniquely represents 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, leadership development and self-esteem.

Bottomless Closet

Carolyn Huggins

Bottomless Closet’s mission is to be the connection that inspires and guides disadvantaged New York City women to enter the workforce and achieve success. They help achieve this by giving women the confidence to become job and interview ready by providing professional clothes, resume assistance, interview coaching, and professional development workshops.

Website  http://www.bottomlesscloset.org

Jamaa Birth Village

Brittany “Tru” Kellman

Jamaa Birth Village’s mission is to provide affordable access to midwives, doula’s and childbirth education for at-risk women in the St. Louis region in an effort to lower premature births and maternal-infant mortality through a network of health professionals and peers. They are radically transforming infant and maternal health outcomes by providing access to a “village” of care for at-risk families.

Website  www.jamaabirthvillage.org

PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.

Nadya Okamoto

PERIOD is a global youth-run NGO that fights to end period poverty and period stigma through service, education, and advocacy. It is mobilizing youth activists across the country and world to distribute period products to menstruators in need, are working to change the way people think, talk, and learn about periods through education, and are advocating for menstrual equity through policy at all levels. To date, PERIOD has addressed over 510,000 periods through product distribution, and registered over 350 campus chapters at universities and high schools around the US and abroad.

Website www.period.org

Rosa Es Rojo, Inc.

Aideé Granados

Rosa Es Rojo, Inc. makes wellness and cancer prevention accessible for the Latino women in America, starting in North Texas, by training them on the topics of nutrition, physical activity, emotional health, and positive thinking.  “The Rojo Way,” its community wellness model, is shared 100% in Spanish by its 4 on–site workshops (Nutrition, Emotions and Positive Thinking and, Goal Settings for 16 hours total) plus 4 one-on-one support sessions (4 hours total), and technological support.

Website  www.rosaesrojo.org

True Star Media & Foundation

DeAnna McLeary Sherman and JeQuana Na-Tae’ Thompson

True Star Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of youth by exposing them to real-world experiences in the workforce through the development of their own media. True Star Foundation provides children with weekly after school, in school, and summer programming in the media industry for youth ages 14-24. Its programming includes job training in topics such as journalism, radio/podcast, digital marking, photography, and graphic design. Aside from learning media, children are also taught leadership and business skills.

Website www.truestarfoundation.org