Press kit for the Westly Prize is available here.11/14/2016
The Foundation awarded $20,000 Grand Prizes to six young innovators with novel solutions to community challenges at home or around this world. The 2016 winners are: Andrew Logan (A Novel Treatment to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy), Anh-Thu Ho (Ladon Language Project), Emmanuel Escamilla (CodeX), Mingming Jiang (Releaf), Roi Matalon (SLAM!), and Samuel Sinyangwe (Campaign Zero). These winners join a network of talented young people in or from California who are promoting positive social change through innovations ranging from medical devices for the developing world to music education for low-income students in Los Angeles to policy solutions to police violence across the US.
October 27, 2016, 05:00 AM By Lenny Mendonca and Steve Westly
Earlier this month, the Cabrillo Education Foundation, the Cabrillo Unified School District and the Pescadero La-Honda School District announced the first college promise program in San Mateo County, called “Coastside Futures” in Half Moon Bay. The program, to be rolled out over the next three years, aims to roughly double the number of high school graduates who complete postsecondary education on the coast over the next decade to 70 percent. The ambitious effort is a collaboration with the school districts, the San Mateo County Community College District and the Cabrillo Education Foundation. As champions and early funders of the work, we are excited about its potential and wanted to share our learning. Read more
The Westly Foundation announced its fifth class of finalists for the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California. The Prize recognizes the creativity, achievement, and commitment of social entrepreneurs in California under age 28. The finalists are: Andrew Logan, A Novel Treatment to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, Anh-Thu Ho, Ladon Language Project, Emmanuel Escamilla, CodeX, Hilary Braseth, Ozé, an initiative of Dare to Innovate, Marc Robert Wong, TeenTech SF, Michael Xia, Answer.ky, Mingming Jiang, Releaf, Roi Matalon, SLAM!, Samuel Sinyangwe, Campaign Zero, Shannon Walker, EV Match, Tyler Van Herweg, Wakabi Boda Solutions, and Ugwem Eneyo, Solstice eBox. On November 5, a panel of selectors will choose six of these finalists to receive $20,000 grand prize awards and join a growing network of talented young changemakers.
NBC Bay Area News features 2015 Westly Prize finalist Jacob Savage and the team at Concrn, offering compassionate response to people in need in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Check out the broadcast here.
A network of school districts, community organizations, and philanthropy is developing an exciting new initiative, Coastside Futures, to provide greater educational opportunities and support to students in San Mateo County Coastside communities and boost college attendance and completion. Read more
uAspire and the University of California system are working together to increase the pipeline of low-income and first-generation college-bound students into our state’s most selective public colleges, through targeted college affordability advising. Read more
Genesys Works, which has been recognized by Forbes magazine for its innovative work in providing career-focused IT internships and training to low-income youth, has expanded to Silicon Valley. Read more
The Westly Foundation announced on November 9 that it has awarded the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California to four extraordinary social entrepreneurs. The Westly Foundation established the prize to recognize talented social innovators under the age of 29 who have created novel solutions to challenging community problems in California and around the world. Grand prize winners receive $20,000 from the Westly Foundation, and eight honorable mention winners will receive $2,500 awards. Read more
What would you do if someone handed you $500,000 with one directive: Change the world? For Kiah Williams, co-founder of SIRUM and a Westly Prize winner, that question is now a reality. Read more