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Familia United

To hear Yesenia's presentation click here.

This presentation is submitted by Yesenia Yepez, a 2019-2020 Knapp Fellow. Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning. Knapp Fellows receive up to $10,000 to support their ideas to combine scholarly work with community action. Students, work with a faculty advisor, and one or more community partners, spend one year conducting inquiry and implementing their idea. Note: Applications for the 2020-2021 Knapp Fellows are due May 26, 2020 (see link above).

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The Climb Is Our Story

Hear Zaniya's Presentation here

This presentation is submitted by  Zaniya Lewis, a 2019-2020 Knapp Fellow. Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning. Knapp Fellows receive up to $10,000 to support their ideas to combine scholarly work with community action. Students, work with a faculty advisor, and one or more community partners, spend one year conducting inquiry and implementing their idea. Note: Applications for the 2020-2021 Knapp Fellows are due May 26, 2020 (see link above).

 

Yesenia’s project focuses on developing and implementing an app, Familia United, which assists Central American immigrant families in Yuma County, Arizona with family tracing and reunification. Recently, Yesenia discussed her Knapp Fellowship with a Community Engaged Scholar. For more information about Yesenia’s Fellowship, please click here to read her previous interview.  ...continue reading "Yesenia Grajeda Yepez, 2019-2020 Knapp Fellow, Discusses Familia United"

Promising Futures engages D.C. middle and high school students as ambassadors and peer educators with a focus on everything from health to leadership skills.” To read the full article in GW Today, please click here. 

 

...continue reading "GW Today highlights Dr. Maranda Ward’s civic engagement"

““The Climb Is Our Story” will provide college and career readiness skills to School Without Walls high school students who participate in the Multicultural Student Services Center student internship program.  GW students will facilitate college and career readiness workshops with the assistance of the MSSC from September 2019 - May 2020.” For more information about The Climb is Our Story, please click here.  ...continue reading "Gabi Bello Discusses “The Climb is Our Story,” Zaniya Lewis’ 2019-2020 Knapp Fellowship, and her Civic Engagement"

We are so proud of GW Alumni and Knapp Fellow Chloe King who has been named a 2020 Marshall Scholar, making her just the fourth GW alumni to receive the scholarship.  

King, who is currently in Indonesia for a Fulbright scholarship research project, will be able to pursue two master’s degrees at two different universities in the United Kingdom over a two-year period at no cost. You can read more about her future plans here 

While at GW, King was a recipient of the Knapp Fellowship. Read more about Chloe's work as a Knapp Fellow here here. We hope you'll consider applying for a Knapp Fellowship as well.  

The Knapp Fellowship award is just around the corner. The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.  Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others. Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects and must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in which the award is being given in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

One key application component is that you must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

Click here to see previous winners and their projects!

This year's 2019-2020 winners are Zaniya Lewis, and Yesenia Grajeda Yepez!


Click here to learn more about Zaniya's project!

Click here to learn more about Yesenia's project!

 

 

"Kristen McInerney's community engaged research with newcomer high school students continues to have an impact one year later. 

The ripple effect and use of the data Kristen collected through the Knapp Fellowship continues to help tell a story." Click here to read about how T.C. Williams High School International Academy "provide[s] an equitable education where [teachers] meet each ACPS student at their level."  Click here to watch International Academy's video, "Welcome to America," that highlights immigration stories.

To learn more about Kristin's Knapp Fellowship, click here to read her interview with Community Engaged Scholar Ashley Hidalgo. For more information about the Knapp Fellowship, click here. 

 

Zaniya Lewis is the Founder/CEO and Executive Directior of #YesSheCanCampaign, as well as a writer, activist, speaker, designer, and entrepreneur.  Zaniya is a senior at GWU majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Services and Social Justice. Zaniya is also GWU's 2019-2020 Knapp Fellow. 

The Climb Is Our Story is a "program implemented by YesSheCanCampaign and The Multicultural Student Services Center at GWU in partnership with School Without Walls."

  • To learn more about the Zaniya's  Knapp Fellowship, please click here to read her interview with Community-Engaged Scholar Emebte Atanaw.
  • For more information about The Climb is Our Story, please click here to visit Zaniya's website or here for a description.

Recently, Zaniya published an article in seventeen magazine talking about what inspired her to found  and grow YesSheCanCampaign. In 2016, when Zaniya was 18, she "founded a national 501(c)(3) youth-led organization called YesSheCanCampaign that empowers girls overcoming adversity while striving to complete their education."

In her article, Zaniya notes that YesSheCanCampaign began as an Instagram account. Within “4 months,” Zaniya “started to receive emails from people across the country asking about how to get involved with her mission.” 

Since founding YesSheCanCampaign, members have “volunteered 10,000+ hours, reached 2,000+ students, won five national awards and one national award. In July 2019,” YesSheCanCampaign “became a Princess Diana Award 2019 Holder, which is the largest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.” 

Zaniya's article includes how YesSheCanCampaign impacts young women across the US as they overcome adversity and pursue education.  

  • To read Zaniya's full article in seventeen magazine, please click here.
  • For more information about Zaniya, please click here to visit her website.
  • To follow YesSheCanCampaign on twitter, please click here.
  • To get involved with YesSheCanCampaign, please click here to learn about opportunities.

“The Climb Is Our Story” will provide college and career readiness skills to School Without Walls high school students who participate in the Multicultural Student Services Center student internship program.  GW students will facilitate college and career readiness workshops with the assistance of the MSSC from September 2019 - May 2020. 

Zaniya Lewis,  a 2019-2020 Knapp Fellowship winner is a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Human Services and Social Justice. Community-Engaged Scholar, Emebte Atanaw, sat down with her to learn more about her research project.  

Zaniya created this program because School Without Walls does not have a college prep course,  this program will help students prepare for college success. All students participating in the program are overcoming obstacles to get ready for life beyond high school. The program includes a service component, students will volunteer at least once a month at a local non-profit organization during the school year. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in The Climb Tour visiting local businesses in D.C. to learn about career opportunities. After completing the program students will have a portfolio that of college and career tools. 

Lewis will use surveys throughout the program to measure success and assess how the program could be adjusted in the future. In addition, there are individual target goals for students who participate in the program. The project will be a model for other high schools looking to improve their college and career preparation program.  

 Zaniya believes it’s important to incorporate members of the community into her researchLewis explains, “My whole project is about helping others on their climb and leaving the door open. As college students, we have experienced the college and career process, so why not teach students the lessons we learned from our experience. My goal has always been to use what I have learned and give back to others.”  

 In the future, Zaniya hopes to implement her program at other schools throughout the United States with college and career readiness. She will do this by partnering with more businesses, and her non-profit organization, the YesSheCanCampaign.  

 if you are interested in learning more about Zaniya’s work visit her website 

http://www.yesshecancampaign.org

Applications for next year's Knapp Fellows are open to learning more about the fellowships and application information click here. 

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