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Virtual Think Tank

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30pm PT 
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Live Más Scholars Jack, Zaniya and Tyler are all founders of their own nonprofit organizations, working tirelessly on missions focused on helping families in need locate food, inspiring young people to change the world, and inspiring young people to help low-income and homeless people.
In this virtual think tank, Jack, Zaniya and Tyler will share their stories, tips on starting a nonprofit and discuss hurdles they are currently facing. After splitting into groups, attendees will brainstorm solutions and work together to think though these problems. You will leave this session with real world experience in a think tank and knowledge on creating or getting involved in the nonprofit world.

About Jack

Jack Griffin, originally from Duluth, Georgia, is the proud founder of FoodFinder, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make it as easy as it should be to locate and learn about food assistance programs. For more than seven years Jack has been working to make sure that it is straightforward and simple to find places like food pantries, ministries, and shelters that offer vital support to children and families in need. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he obtained a degree in business as well as a minor in community action & social change as a part of the Class of 2019. Jack is now back in the Atlanta area leading FoodFinder full-time as CEO.

 

About Tyler

Tyler is halfway through his program to obtain a business administration degree at Gonzaga University and is passionate about helping others. Tyler is the creator of Hope Festival, a nonprofit that hosts an annual event dedicated to serving individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. At this all-encompassing single day event, people in need can receive material goods such as canned food and clothing, services including haircuts and eye exams, and make connections to resources and organizations that can support them long after the festival ends. Over the past 5 years, Hope Festival has served more than 8,000 individuals in the Seattle area. Upon graduation, Tyler plans to scale the organization to serve even more people in need.

Learn more about the HopeFest Festival.

About Zaniya

Zaniya Lewis is the Founder/CEO and Executive Director of YesSheCanCampaign, a nonprofit organization that inspires young people to be extraordinary and change the world. YesSheCanCampaign has reached 2,000+ students, volunteered 15,000+ hours, won five national awards, and one international award. YesSheCanCampaign has helped students win more than $700,000 in scholarships. In May 2020, Zaniya received her B.A in Political Science from The George Washington University. Zaniya was named 25 under 25 Social Entrepreneurs by Culture Media Co and Impaction.

In 2015, Zaniya traveled with the NBPA and NBA on an amazing community service trip to South Africa. In 2016, Zaniya appeared on the cover of the May 2016 Issue of Seventeen with Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Zaniya has worked with national and local nonprofit organizations across the nation and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University. Zaniya has received many accolades for her work including the Diana Award and Taco Bell Foundation Live Más Scholarship.