Photo Credit, Professional Fellows The Professional Fellows Program is pleased to announce the five 2014 Alumni Impact Award (AIA) recipients, whose program participation generates long-term impact on their communities. Alumni Impact Award recipients will be discussing their work from June 4-6, at the upcoming Spring 2014 Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C. The event will officially acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the following alumni:
Rachel Havrelock (University of Illinois-Chicago) traveled to the River Jordan as a Professional Fellow to observe how water sharing can be applied as a new approach to Middle East peacemaking. Expanding her focus beyond religion and culture, Havrelock became an advocate for water-sharing issues along the River Jordan.
Lavell Kirby (Girard College), a Legislative Fellow who traveled to Brazil, worked with Canta Brasil and co-facilitated educational workshops to enhance knowledge for impoverished, at-risk youth. He created the Future Entrepreneurs of America Club for middle school students and the College Access and Career Exposure Program to educate at-risk youth on college life.
Nadia Rabbaa, a French-Moroccan freelance writer, was placed with a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The fellowship introduced her to social media, motivating her to apply this tool to improve Morocco’s democratization process. Her project, “Social Media for Democracy,” trained Moroccan congresswomen how to use social media to bring them closer to their constituents and to one another.
Germaine White, of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes National Resources Department in Montana, hosted Lao Professional Fellow Noimaniphone Lorbliayao, who is the executive director of Viv Ncaus (Hmong Sisterhood). White helped Lorbliayao develop an education campaign to help young rural Hmong women re-settle into urban settings.
Ahmadhon Yusupkhanov, assistant to Dastan Bekeshev, a blind Member of the Kyrgyz Parliament (MP), gained insights as a Professional Fellow on how an work could be organized more effectively. Yusupkhanov successfully launched the MP’s personal website and a YouTube channel—a first in Central Asia.