People’s Choice. Congratulations to Jason Young, MS '00, who’s Hidden Genius Project won the People’s Choice award in the Google Impact Challenge and will receive $500K. The program will connect underserved, young black males with the skills, mentors and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepeneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy. Jason is the CEO and co-founder of MindBlown Labs, a financial literacy software company based in Oakland.
Chalk it Up: USC’s Harleen Marwah, MS ’11, dreamt up Chalk the Block, a creative community event where children from South Los Angeles were invited to come onto campus last February and decorate sections of pavement with their dreams. The event received the honor of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls' "Event of the Month" for innovative programming, and now it’s blueprint is being implemented at schools across the country.
No rest for the dedicated. A week after earning her master's degree in international policy and development from Georgetown University, Mireya Almazán, MS ‘99 spent six months in Johannesburg, South Africa working with a development consulting firm to combat child labor practices. Upon her return, she joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a member of their Global Development team.
Kimberly Banks, MS ‘98 married her longtime fiance, Andrew Gray, in August. To ensure that family members from both sides of the Atlantic have a chance to take part, they held ceremonies in Southern California and will hold them in England in early 2008. She met Andrew while at UC Berkeley in 2003.