Posner ’09 Wins $100,000 Do Something Award

Jessica Posner ’09

Jessica Posner ’09 was declared the top world-changer among all Americans under 25 by the Do Something Awards, at a live broadcast on July 19  from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. She received $100,000 for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization she co-founded that last August opened the first free school for girls in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum.

A Denver resident, Posner was selected among five finalists by voting on the Internet.  She also has started a gardening program, a library, an Internet-ready computer center and introduced ecologically friendly latrines. In August, Shining Hope will open Kibera’s first accessible community health center.

Read more in the Denver Post.

See also: (Video) “Shining Hope for Communities: The Kibera School for Girls”