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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.

Facing History and Ourselves

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.

Grades of Green

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.

Juvenile Arthritis Association

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.

SLAM! Program Los Angeles

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.

Women Against Gun Violence

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.