2018 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grant Recipients

Grand Prize Recipient

GENERATION HOPE

Nicole Lynn Lewis
Washington D.C. – $100,000

Grant Recipient

Breast Treatment Task Force

Janice Zaballero and Julia Smith
New York, NY – $25,000

Grant Recipient

The Summer Learning Collaborative

Catherine Lindroth
Wilmington, DE – $25,000

ANNOUNCING HERCentral, PROVIDED BY ASCENA FOUNDATION AND ASHOKA
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 first year of 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 Young ChangeMaker HERlead Award

ascenaCARES AWARDS

This year marked the fourth 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 2018 ascenaCARES Associate Awards

THE DESIGN OF THE ROSLYN S. JAFFE AWARD

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.

2018 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. In 2018, with overwhelming interest and an excellent pool of applicants, the Selection Committee decided to formally recognize the top contenders for the Awards with the “Finalist” title for the first time. 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, 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

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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MEDIAGIRLS

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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