2014 Fast Pitch
Meet the Finalists
Swipes – Winner of the $15,000 Judges Award, $10,000 Annenberg Audience Award, and $5,000 AdPros Media Makeover Prize
Presenter: Rachel Sumekh
Swipes is a hunger relief organization that engages university students by giving them an opportunity to donate their extra, otherwise unredeemable, student meal plan dollars. Swipes currently has nine university chapters and President Barack Obama has given Swipes a thumbs up.
Jovenes – Winner of the $5,000 Annenberg Audience Award
Presenter: Eric Hubbard
Jovenes gives homeless, at-risk youth (18-25) a path to personal self-sufficiency and offers permanent solutions to end the cycle of homelessness. It provides stable housing, life-skills training and employment support designed to transform these youth into productive community members.
Affordable Living for the Aging – Winner of the $5,000 Random Act of Kindness Award
Presenter: Rachel Caraviello
Affordable Living for the Aging creates housing solutions for seniors. Specific programs include matching seniors to share housing, supporting seniors in cooperative living communities, and delivering onsite social services at affordable housing properties.
Wolf Connection – Winner of the $5,000 Coaches Award
Presenter: Teo Alfero
Wolf Connection changes lives through the eyes of wolves. Wolf Connection rescues and trains wolves and wolfdogs to become program animals for at-risk populations.
Presenter: Zachary Levine
ElevatED is a pre-teaching society with a mission to inspire the next generation of math and science teachers. It provides STEM majors with two exploration opportunities: a seminar that exposes them to “black belt” teachers and an internship that allows them to have firsthand experience teaching.
Presenter: Liz Vogel
Facing History equips students to fight injustice and foster democracy. Through the lens of history, young people connect the dots between the ethical choices they face in life and the positive impact they can have on their communities and the world.
Presenter: Kim Martin
Grades of Green is an environmental education nonprofit that inspires and empowers students to care for the environment. Free, fun and hands-on green activities at gradesofgreen.org help instill environmental leadership in students and schools.
Presenter: Laura Schultz
Juvenile Arthritis Association was founded to address the critical lack of awareness, funding, doctors and resources dedicated to children and young adults with pediatric rheumatic diseases.
Presenter: Roi Matalon
SLAM! engages college student volunteers to teach after-school music programs in underserved public high schools, filling the critical voids left by underfunded or nonexistent music programs. SLAM! develops instrumental skills, theoretical expertise, and musical camaraderie among young people.
Presenter: Margot Bennett
For over 20 years, Women Against Gun Violence has worked hard to prevent gun violence in LA and California. It has changed the way people think about guns by using innovative programs that reach parents, youth, children, and gun violence survivors.