What an achievement! With more than 600 entries representing 40 countries globally, our 2021 finalists represent the very best of the .ORG Community.
Discover more about this year’s award candidates here!
BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES
HEALTH AND HEALING IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
CHAMPIONING DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
OVERCOMING CLIMATE CHANGE
PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL
FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY
KAYLA ABRAMOWITZ - KAYLA CARES 4 KIDS
Kayla began Kayla Cares 4 Kids by collecting entertainment and educational items to donate to children’s hospitals to help children facing chronic illness feel better. With tens of thousands of items collected and donated to date, Kayla is working as hard as ever to “Help Sick Kids Feel Better One Smile At A Time!”
ESTHER EJIROGHENE AJARI - THE TRIHEALTHON
At 16, Esther got involved in community development and became a serial volunteer having worked with 25 national and international organizations. Esther soon discovered that she could do more to help people and founded The TriHealthon, where she works to achieve health equity in Africa sustainably.
DIANA CHAO - LETTERS TO STRANGERS
As a high school sophomore, Diana founded Letters to Strangers, an organization seeking to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to affordable, quality treatment for youth aged 13 to 24. Letters to Strangers is now a global youth-for-youth mental health non-profit impacting over 35,000 people on six continents.
MATINE KHALIGHI - EEQUAL
Matine, 19, is the Founder & Executive Director of the for-youth by-youth non-profit organization EEqual, which works to overcome homelessness through education. During his years in the social impact sector, Matine’s work has impacted over 10,000 individuals and has helped recruit hundreds of teenagers across the United States to be involved in his organization.
SHREYA MANTHA - FOUNDATION FOR GIRLS
Nine years ago, Shreya and her sister Sahana were volunteering at a local non-profit as tutors for human trafficking survivors trying to obtain their GEDs. Through this work, they were inspired to establish the Foundation for Girls (FFG), which focuses on economically empowering women and includes programs for young mothers, domestic violence victims, foster care recipients, and women who are experiencing homelessness.