Projects for Peace
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 WINNERS!
The David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service is overjoyed to announce that, this year, we have been awarded two Projects for Peace grants, a rare honor. This year's co-winning projects are:
T.E.A.M.S. (Djoni Austin and Jeanette Misuraca
In economically depressed Pinellas County, Florida, chances to learn and achieve are few and far between, but TEAMS – aka Tarpon Excelling Above Modern Society – aims to change that. Created by UF students and Pinellas County natives Jeanette Misuraca and Djoni Austin in cooperation with Tarpon Springs Citizens Alliance for Progress (CAP), the Boys and Girls Club, Cops and Kids and the Tarpon Spring Recreation Department, the TEAMS program will provide 100 children ages 7 to 13 the opportunity to “discover their life’s passions” during a free, four-week summer art, music and athletics camp. Misuraca and Austin plan to engage students with music and sports, as well as helping them develop understandings of teamwork and leadership.
Water for Khanalthuk (Harsh Patel, Mackenzie Shepard, and Sulav Shrestha)
On the other side of the globe, UF students Sulav Shrestha, Mackenzie Shepard and Harsh Patel – under the umbrella of Engineers Without Borders – will be in Khanalthok, Nepal, to help ensure clean, potable water for children, as well as improving hygiene overall. On a spring 2014 trip to the area, the group discovered harmful levels of bacteria in the water, a problem badly exacerbated by earthquakes. To counteract this, Shrestha, Shepard and Patel will set up wash stations and water fountains, as well as male and female latrines, at Shree Janahit Secondary School in cooperation with local craftsmen and contractors. The centerpiece of the Water for Khanalthok project will be a rainwater catchment system at the school, allowing community members to capture thousands of gallons of water to save during times of drought.
The entire staff at the Brown Center could not be happier for our outstanding undergraduate winners and look forward to hearing more about their successful projects.
I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives – things that they can do during the summer of 2007 – that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world - Kathryn Wasserman Davis
Projects for Peace is an opportunity for all undergraduates on campus to design grassroots "projects for peace." The top submissions nationally will be granted $10,000 each for projects implemented during the summer. This grant program aims to motivate college students to create and implement plans for building peace in the twenty-first century.
Projects for Peace is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist, and philanthropist who celebrated her centennial birthday in 2007 by committing $1 million to fund Projects for Peace. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace.
“My many years have taught me that there will always be conflict. It’s part of human nature. But I’ll remind you that love, kindness, and support are also part of human nature. My challenge to you is to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war.”
Kathryn W. Davis
Visit the Davis Projects for Peace website to learn more: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/.
Looking for inspiration to develop, or follow-through, on your own project idea? Check out this article on the 2016 P4P winners, Chris Vázquez and Andy Garcia. Below, you can read all the reports from past winners. See what amazing change is happening in the world!
Winners to be announced soon.