FINALISTS
Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Father Michael Lopez Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Marco Saavedra Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
BRIDGE BUILDER, BRONX
Lamoradanyc.com
CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS FAMILY'S RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Marco is a member of the Dream 9. Now he’s organizing in the South Bronx to benefit other immigrants, using his family’s restaurant La Morada as base camp for a community response team and gatherings to share knowledge and tools to fight ICE raids. The restaurant has become a true sanctuary space where undocumented people, families and allies can share, learn and eat. 

Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Akili Hinson Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
DOCTOR, MANHATTAN
Juno.care
BUILDING A ONE-STOP SOLUTION OFFERING EVERYDAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%

Akili is building the new healthcare home New York City’s families. Juno Medical is a one-stop solution for you and your family’s everyday care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won’t break the bank. Akili and his team believe that great care is for everyone, so he’s set out to build a premier consumer healthcare brand that’s designed for the 99%.   

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Father Michael Lopez Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Marco Saavedra Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
BRIDGE BUILDER, BRONX
Lamoradanyc.com
CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS FAMILY'S RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Marco is a member of the Dream 9. Now he’s organizing in the South Bronx to benefit other immigrants, using his family’s restaurant La Morada as base camp for a community response team and gatherings to share knowledge and tools to fight ICE raids. The restaurant has become a true sanctuary space where undocumented people, families and allies can share, learn and eat. 

Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Akili Hinson Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
DOCTOR, MANHATTAN
Juno.care
BUILDING A ONE-STOP SOLUTION OFFERING EVERYDAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%

Akili is building the new healthcare home New York City’s families. Juno Medical is a one-stop solution for you and your family’s everyday care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won’t break the bank. Akili and his team believe that great care is for everyone, so he’s set out to build a premier consumer healthcare brand that’s designed for the 99%.   

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Marco Saavedra Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
BRIDGE BUILDER, BRONX
Lamoradanyc.com
CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS FAMILY'S RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Marco is a member of the Dream 9. Now he’s organizing in the South Bronx to benefit other immigrants, using his family’s restaurant La Morada as base camp for a community response team and gatherings to share knowledge and tools to fight ICE raids. The restaurant has become a true sanctuary space where undocumented people, families and allies can share, learn and eat. 

Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Akili Hinson Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
DOCTOR, MANHATTAN
Juno.care
BUILDING A ONE-STOP SOLUTION OFFERING EVERYDAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%

Akili is building the new healthcare home New York City’s families. Juno Medical is a one-stop solution for you and your family’s everyday care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won’t break the bank. Akili and his team believe that great care is for everyone, so he’s set out to build a premier consumer healthcare brand that’s designed for the 99%.   

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Father Michael Lopez Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Father Michael Lopez Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 
Marco Saavedra Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
BRIDGE BUILDER, BRONX
Lamoradanyc.com
CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS FAMILY'S RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Marco is a member of the Dream 9. Now he’s organizing in the South Bronx to benefit other immigrants, using his family’s restaurant La Morada as base camp for a community response team and gatherings to share knowledge and tools to fight ICE raids. The restaurant has become a true sanctuary space where undocumented people, families and allies can share, learn and eat. 

Akili Hinson Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
DOCTOR, MANHATTAN
Juno.care
BUILDING A ONE-STOP SOLUTION OFFERING EVERYDAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%

Akili is building the new healthcare home New York City’s families. Juno Medical is a one-stop solution for you and your family’s everyday care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won’t break the bank. Akili and his team believe that great care is for everyone, so he’s set out to build a premier consumer healthcare brand that’s designed for the 99%.   

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Marco Saavedra Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
Marco Saavedra
BRIDGE BUILDER, BRONX
Lamoradanyc.com
CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS FAMILY'S RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

Marco is a member of the Dream 9. Now he’s organizing in the South Bronx to benefit other immigrants, using his family’s restaurant La Morada as base camp for a community response team and gatherings to share knowledge and tools to fight ICE raids. The restaurant has become a true sanctuary space where undocumented people, families and allies can share, learn and eat. 

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Sutton King Sutton King
Sutton King
Sutton King
ADVOCATE, CITYWIDE
Urbanindigenouscollective.org | Learn more here
INDIGENIZING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURES AND ENSURING CULTURAL HUMILITY IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
More than 100K Native Americans live in New York City — making this the largest population of Urban Natives in the United States. Sutton founded the Urban Indigenous Collective to bring together and elevate the Indigenous population, create better access to health services, and build community.  
Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Father Michael Lopez Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
Father Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Yin Kong Yin Kong
Yin Kong
Yin Kong
URBANIST, MANHATTAN
Thinkchinatown.org
BUILDING GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CHINATOWN THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS

Yin believes Chinatown’s survival depends on the community’s ability to advocate for equal access to resources. Together with an intergenerational group of volunteers, she built Think!Chinatown, a non-profit focusing on neighborhood engagement fostered by storytelling and the arts. Through projects like Chinatown Arts Week, The Art of Storytelling, & Everyday Chinatown, T!C honors, explores, and presents the culture and history of the community that have long made NYC’s Chinatown a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Guided by an older generation of Chinatown organizers, Yin directs community actions to address neighborhood issues. Yin dreams of hosting kitchen classes, artists residencies, art exhibits, & community workshops in a permanent space for and in Chinatown.

Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
CONNECTOR, CITY-WIDE
Twitter.com/rasmiakf | Instagram.com/rasmiak
BUILDING TRUST TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY BY CENTERING RESIDENTS AND CREATING, SOMETIMES, UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS

One in 15 New Yorkers lives in public housing — many of them the public servants who keep New York City safe and vibrant. But too often this huge and critical system is overlooked or given up as an intractable problem. Rasmia wants to reinvent our public housing system by building networks from generative, community-centered relationships to embrace “truth and reconciliation,” and develop real action plans to change the system. 

Manuel Castro Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
Manuel Castro
ORGANIZER, QUEENS
Nynice.org | Página en español
LEADING AN INNOVATIVE HUB OF WORKER CENTERS WHERE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CAN ACCESS SAFE AND FAIR PAYING JOBS

Manuel’s journey across the Mexico-US border at the age of five with his mother sparked a passion for helping others envision and find opportunity. As an early DREAMer – a movement of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – Manuel now leads New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a grassroots organization that provides NYC’s day laborers and new immigrants with support services and leadership development programs. Manuel wants to test new ways of organizing this critical and essential workforce citywide around cooperative work and social and economic justice.

Somia Elrowmeim Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
Somia Elrowmeim
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Facebook.com/OfficialUAWNYC
BUILDING A COOPERATIVE FOR ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN THAT'S HALF BAKERY AND HALF AN EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ENGINE

Somia is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for empowering women and fighting for human rights began when she was a student leader at Sana’a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. Since moving to New York City, Somia has led Arab women in south Brooklyn. Somia is launching a bakery that will double as an economic empowerment vehicle for Arab American women in their community. Structured as a cooperative, Somia’s social enterprise can become a blueprint for other affinity groups and neighborhoods that aspire to amplify their members’ talents to build economic assets.

Akili Hinson Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
Akili Hinson
DOCTOR, MANHATTAN
Juno.care
BUILDING A ONE-STOP SOLUTION OFFERING EVERYDAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%

Akili is building the new healthcare home New York City’s families. Juno Medical is a one-stop solution for you and your family’s everyday care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won’t break the bank. Akili and his team believe that great care is for everyone, so he’s set out to build a premier consumer healthcare brand that’s designed for the 99%.   

Domingo Morales Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
Domingo Morales
COMPOST GURU, CITYWIDE
Instagram.com/CompostPower
REUSING NEW YORK CITY'S ORGANIC WASTE AND MAKING IT COOL TO COMPOST

One third of NYC’s trash is organic — but too often this useful waste gets wasted. Domingo is working to solve this problem and grow plants for New York’s tomorrow. And after managing Red Hook Farms’s composting operation, he’s an expert in food chemistry, safe and healthy composting habits, and teaching others to make it happen. Domingo is developing a ‘how to’ compost guide and launching a new podcast called Compost Power to share expertise in support of composting processes around the city. 

Su Sanni Su Sanni
Su Sanni
Su Sanni
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Dollaride.com
RE-IMAGINING TRANSIT DESERTS AND EASING COMMUTES BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO DOLLAR VAN DRIVERS

Su is transforming urban transit for the many New Yorkers without access to the city’s public transportation system. Dollaride eases the connection between riders and vans-for-hire with transparent routes, consistent schedules, and mobile payments. Su hopes to connect the extensive dollar van network to existing public infrastructure and expand their territory to improve economic mobility.

Stefan Henry Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
Stefan Henry
ENTREPRENEUR, CITYWIDE
Levelthecurve.com
MAKING NEW YORK CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH USER-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL TOOLS TO AID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Stefan is a user-centric designer who wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to thrive in New York City. Stefan and his team have developed tools that make a variety of daily tasks more accessible, like an easy- to-deploy lightweight wheelchair ramp; a multipurpose eating utensil; and an arm-support to help users play video games. His vision is simple: achieve accessibility and independence for people with disabilities by re-imagining everyday devices.

Deborah Navarro Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
Deborah Navarro
TECHNOLOGIST, CITYWIDE
Lightly.me | View tech in action
CREATING EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS FOR NYC USING AIR LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

Deborah is a leader in air-levitation technology designed to autonomously move goods and people from one point to the next. (Cred: she won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition after being told she didn’t qualify). Deborah is taking this technology to the streets to reimagine the way New Yorkers move through the city — safely, quickly, and with low carbon emissions. She aims to create a community driven transportation revolution that empowers New Yorkers to be a part of the conversation and design.

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Chino Hardin Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
Chino Hardin
ORGANIZER, BROOKLYN
Nuleadership.org | Bklynboihood.com
DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF MASS INCARCERATION AND INEQUITY BY CONNECTING THOSE IMPACTED TO NATURE AND INDIGENOUS & BLACK HEALING PRACTICES

Chino’s lived experience as a formerly incarcerated, Black and Indiginous Trans person provides deep inspiration for NuLegacy, a program designed to support Black, Indigenous, Queer & Trans New Yorkers whose lives have been devastated by prison involvement.  His radical idea?  To use ancestral healing practices and connect folks — sometimes for the first time — to nature.  For the last 20 years, Chino has taught youth and families in Bedstuy that stewardship of land and community can lead to healing and transformation.

Antya Waegemann Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
Antya Waegemann
DESIGNER, CITYWIDE
Redesignthekit.com
IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS BY REDESIGNING THE EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS USED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND BEYOND
Antya is a designer and advocate working at the intersection of survivors and health professionals in the aftermath of sexual assault.  In collaboration with co-founder Lona Vincent and an amazing community of non-profits, social workers, medical professionals, political leaders, and legal experts, Antya is working on an integrated resource – a redesigned sexual assault evidence kit and a digital app. For survivors, this project aims to improve accessibility, transparency and the experience of finding and getting kits. For healthcare providers, it will make it easier to administer kits, allowing them to provide better, trauma-informed care to patients in and out of the emergency room.
 

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