Nearly 50 alumni applied to be named a 2014 Advancing Leaders Fellow and 10 finalists have been chosen to present their proposals to an audience and panel of judges at a pitch competition and reception to be held at the Center for Social Innovation in New York City on Thursday, April 3, 2014. That evening , after the presentations and judges’ deliberations, the five new Advancing Leaders Fellows will be announced.
This year’s finalists represent a diverse group of individuals from nine different countries on four continents. Their proposed projects address a variety of topics including arts and financial education; science journalism; career, business, and language training; and youth civic engagement. The finalists and their proposed project are:
- Marko Bankovic—Career Ninja: Gamified Career Guidance
- Amira Ali Bouaouina—MALI (My Africa Learns To Inspire)
- Thelma Boamah—JuniorCamp Internship Program
- Elena Mercedes Haro Lima—A+ Sports: Aiming for success on and off the field
- Alicia Moore—A Battle Worth Fighting: Cultivating Military Veterans into Agricultural Warriors
- Gul Khan Naseer—Youth and Child Rights Clubs
- Divine Ntaryike, Jr.—SCINC: A Science Policy Transformer
- Lawrence Shapiro—Developing Entrepreneurship among Women with Disabilities in Rural Vietnam
- Choon Sian Choo—Young Money Master
- Vuk Stojkovic—SMART-Smiling Art
World Learning established The Advancing Leaders Fellowship last year to recognize the ideas, talent, and vision of its alumni by supporting fellows with an award of $10,000, comprehensive training in social innovation and leadership, and a support network of mentors and peers to aide them in implementing an original social innovation project.