Coach, Figure Skater & Instructor of Figure Skating in Detroit mentoring program
Kameryn Everett is a 20-year-old figure skater and coach in Detroit who has broken barriers in her sport and dedicates her life to coaching and empowering young girls of color on and off the ice.
About Figure Skating in Harlem and Figure Skating in Detroit: Figure Skating in Harlem/Detroit helps girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. It is the only organization in the world for girls of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating to build champions in life. Donate
Surf Therapy Facilitator
Kelsey Ellis is a Grief Facilitator in Half Moon Bay, California who lost her twin sister to COVID-19 and is turning her grief to impact by healing women through surf therapy. After the sudden loss of her twin sister in 2020, Kelsey formed Waves of Grief surf therapy groups to honor and address collective grief, isolation and stress experienced during the pandemic through the Groundswell Community Project. These Surf Therapy programs invite the whole body, mind and heart into a unique healing process.
About Waves of Grief Surf Therapy Program through the Groundswell Community Project: Kelsey created the Waves of Grief Surf Therapy Programs as part of the Groundswell Community (a surf therapy community). Through these programs, she works with families and individuals to use surfing and the ocean to process their grief and mourn their loss, especially COVID-related grief and loss. Groundswell’s surf therapy curriculum is grounded in positive psychology, somatic and arts-based therapy modalities, and mindfulness practices.
About Audrey Marie Ellis Foundation: The Audrey Marie Ellis foundation was recently founded in honor of Kelsey’s twin sister Audrey, a nurse who died of COVID-19. The foundation provides direct support for women and healthcare workers while creating safe supportive spaces to gather and honor collective grief and love. The Audrey Marie Ellis Foundation is the starting point for inspiring Audrey's biggest passions: health, wellbeing and community. Donate
Arianna Font Martin
Chief Strategy Officer, Remora
Arianna Font Martin is a 20 year-old college student in Puerto Rico who, after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, is on a mission to ensure that every person struggling has access to clean and safe water.
About Remora: Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and every day over 1,000 children die from a preventable water-related disease. All of this happens while rivers, oceans and lakes carry the burden of years of unsustainable practices and climate change affecting the lives of billions of people. Because of this we created Remora. A long-term water filtration device, powered by solar energy, that provides a sustainable source of clean water while protecting water sources and aquatic life. We place our devices in communities with a lack of access to clean water to rebuild a sustainable community capable of reducing the damage of waste on water sources and providing to everyone in their community clean and potable water to fulfill their basic needs. Our work in the communities is aimed at providing a long-term safe source of clean water, raising awareness about the water sources that surround it, and preparation for the possible passage of other natural catastrophes. Donate
Founder of My Sistah’s House and the Tiny House Project MSH
Kayla Gore has dedicated her life to helping homeless transgender women of color in Memphis, Tennessee. Having experienced homelessness and violence herself, Kayla has created a safe community for these notoriously discriminated-against people. She is building twenty houses across Memphis for transgender women who need safety and a place to call home.
About My Sistah’s House: My Sistah’s House fosters sustainability and security for the most vulnerable of the transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) communities in Memphis Tennessee, providing emergency housing, advocacy, and multi-pronged resource assistance delivered by and for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people of color. The Tiny House Project at My Sistah’s House is committed to providing a path to home ownership. It not only gives trans women a place to call home in the form of long-term affordable housing but also contributes to individual asset building in the black trans community. Donate
Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar
Traditional Chief of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw
Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar is the first female chief of a Southern Louisiana tribe who are expected to be among the first climate refugees in the United States. Chief Parfait-Dardar is working to preserve the legacy of her ancestors, the lives of her community today and the future of her people.
About The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw: The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band tribal peoples have been living in their ancestral traditional village of Grand Caillou/Dulac along the Louisiana Gulf Coast for centuries. Sustaining the village was done by trapping, fishing, hunting and farming. Their people continue to live off the water and the land to the best of their ability today but the tribe is in a serious crisis. The traditions and cultural practices that were handed down by their ancestors are far less sustaining due to drastic environmental changes brought on by oil and gas exploration, erosion, salt water intrusion and climate change. Every 100 minutes, an average football field length of land is lost to rising waters, meaning every day is a fight to save the tribe’s homelands, culture and identity to avoid extinction. Donate
Founder/Ballet Instructor of Na Ponta dos Pés
Tuany Nascimento is a 23-year-old ballet dancer who started a dance company for young girls in the middle of one of Rio De Janeiro’s most dangerous favelas. She gives students hope for a better future and a safe space away from the violent world around them.
About Na Ponta dos Pés: “Na Ponta dos Pés” (On Pointe) is a ballet social project for girls aged 4-15, started by Tuany Nascimento, a 22-year-old dancer whose career was abruptly cut short by lack of resources. Many students in her group of girls come from families caught up in narco turf wars and are afflicted by the chronic crisis of opportunity that personifies urban poverty across Brazil. “People get into crime because they don’t have opportunities, but the ballet project gives them a chance not to fall into the wrong kind of life,” says Tuany. One of her students, 12-year old Carla, had two brothers murdered when they turned to trafficking, while her remaining brother is in prison. Ballet not only changed her life, it changed her younger sister’s and family’s life, giving her parents belief that a better life is possible for their daughters.