Jessica Posner ’09 was declared the top world-changer among all Americans under 25 in 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 with Kennedy Odede ’12 and that created 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.
- Video: “Shining Hope for Communities: The Kibera School for Girls”
- Video: “A Conversation with Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09”
- Shining Hope for Communities website
- The Kibera School for Girls on Facebook
- Project blog written by Jess Posner ’09
- 06459 – Wesleyan’s GOLD alumni: Jessica Posner ’09
- Odede ’12, Posner ’09 Receive Award to Build School in Kenya