Because of its emphasis on diversity and its commitment to equipping young leaders for success, the New Orleans Junior Journalism Program (JRNOLA) has been tapped as a finalist in Allstate’s Youth Empowerment Awards.
Chosen from a pool of 9,000 nonprofits across the U.S., the JRNOLA program joins 15 others in making the final cut for the fourth annual Renewal Awards, a joint project of Allstate and The Atlantic magazine.
The program “inspires, cultivates and mentors New Orleans-area high-school students in the field of print, photo and video journalism,” according to The Renewal Project newsletter.
Stacy Sharpe, senior vice president, corporate relations for Allstate, said in a press release the company sponsors the awards “because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities.”
If JRNOLA becomes one of the award’s five winners, it will receive a $20,000 Allstate grant.
Atlantic Senior Editor Ronald Brownstein said in the release that the quality of the finalists attests to “the creativity, tenacity and determination of the grassroots innovators rejuvenating communities around the country.”
The winners will be announced Wednesday, April 3 at the Renewal Summit, hosted in New York City by The Atlantic.
“Their collective message is that even with all of the conflict and stalemate of national politics, America's capacity to renew itself from the bottom up remains as vibrant as ever,” Brownstein added.
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