2009 Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Awards
For: Teen girls ages 12 to 18 who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship and community service.
By: Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America.
Winners: First place: Jessica Cervantes, 18, Miami, Fla., for founding Popsy Cakes, a popsicle/cupcake snack with recyclable packaging; 5 percent of her annual net profit goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Second place: Christina Johnson, 18, Bronx, N.Y., for founding Homestyle Caterers and her involvement with the Hamilton Art Gallery and Bring-it-On, a nonprofit youth run-organization that promotes youth leadership and community involvement. Third place: Carly Houlahan, 15, Devon, Pa., for founding Hives for Lives, a nonprofit that produces honey and beehive-derived products to help raise money for cancer research.
Contact: Christine Cannon, (631) 776-0247, CCannon@hardenpartners.com, http://www.girlsgoingplaces.com.
For: Teenagers who do something exceptional to help solve a problem in their community, country or globally.
By: Do Something Inc.
Winner: Grand Prize: Maggie Doyle, 22, Mendham, N.J., who used her life savings of $5,000 to buy land on which she built The Kopila Valley Children’s Home in Nepal, which houses 26 children for whom she is responsible. Since she was 18, she has helped find families for 800 children in Nepal. She plans to use the award money to construct a school for those children.
Contact: Kevin Hughes, (212) 254-2390, ext. 231, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year
For: Long-term mentors whose volunteer service exemplifies how Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children.
By: Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Winners: Big Brother of the Year: Ben De Leon of Austin, Texas; Big Sister of the Year: Debbie Groulik of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Contact: Kelly Williams, (215) 665-7795, Kelly.email@example.com