Empowerment. Leadership. Inspiration.
We are excited to announce the creation of a new award, the E.L.I. Change Maker Award, presented annually to that young change maker, among a group of many, who best exemplifies leadership that both empowers and inspires other youth (and adults alike) to take action.
This award provides the winner the opportunity to designate a $2,500 grant to the nonprofit of her/his choosing, generously sponsored by Hands On Tzedakah (HOT).
Our first awardee is ELI Lapkin, who the award will be named after in perpetuity, in honor of his initiative and successes demonstrating the role each individual can play in converting simple change into wide scale collective change.
Eli has chosen Peace of Mind - The Israel Psychotrauma Center, for the $2,500 grant from HOT.
Eli learned about WOC while attending Camp Wekeela in 2017 (our first year working with Maine Camp Experience member camps). In addition to returning home with great memories, he brought WOC back to four schools and two synagogues in his community in Harrison, NY, and neighboring towns of Purchase and Westchester. He also co-chairs WOC's Youth Ambassadors Group, and has already recruited a team of youth leaders who will take over WOC efforts in the Harrison, NY area after he heads off to college.
Thus far, Eli's efforts have resulted in more than $10,000 in change collected and invested in important programs, thousands of students and community members engaged, and a shining example of what one willing heart is capable of accomplishing in service of others and for the good of all.
“World of Change has taught me the importance of leadership and taking charge of charitable actions rather than just passively following what others are doing.”
Eli is a model leader, inspiring and empowering others to reach for the change they are capable of making, and we are pleased to share and celebrate his story, knowing it will motivate others to similar take action.
Specifics about the award, including nomination information, eligibility, decision making process, timeframe, and other criteria will be announced at a later date.