Daniella Cohen

Highland Park, Illinois

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My passion for friendship and cultural understanding led her to co-found G.I.V.E. -- a project with the goals of promoting empathy and enhancing education. We have sent thousands of letters and flip flops, signed with messages of hope, from schools across the US to schools in India, Uganda and Rwanda. With recent funding, G.I.V.E has also been able to install internet and send laptops to some of their partner schools. Daniella has been invited to speak at several universities including Harvard University, Princeton University and 
Northwestern University. I have lead several workshops at the Ashoka's Youth Venture Summits in Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.  I have also received the Build-a-Bear Huggable Hero Award, The Presidents Volunteer Service Award, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, and The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. I was featured in a Belgian documentary: “30 under 30 International Social Entrepreneurs” by GoYoung.  I am also on the Global Youth Council for Ashoka's Youth Venture and the Youth Advisory Board for The Born This Way Foundation. Currently a senior at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois I am on the Girls Varsity Golf Team, Math Team, and Mock Trial Team.

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By: Daniella Cohen

Go.Innovate.Volunteer.Educate (G.I.V.E.) is a project with two main goals: to promote cultural understanding among students and to strengthen the education at our partner schools in India, Uganda and Rwanda.