Hi – so this just happened. I was awarded the 2019 PINK Award during this year’s Reunion Weekend All School Meeting.
I plans to use my award to create an app to assist with advocacy.
Without going too much into detail, my project will be the creation of an app. I realized that there aren’t any mobile resources for people to do direct advocacy, so I became passionate about turning this vision into a reality.
The app will have 3 parts:
1) Legislative Advocacy – Will have a direct mechanism for messaging government representatives through email or phone call. Users will pick issues that are important to them and get an issue-specific notification to send a letter to their representative.
2) Direct Action – The app will include a database of protests and demonstrations happening in any area, which allows activists, or anyone really, to find a physical way to mobilize if they feel like going out and making their voices heard. It will also allow notifications if a protest related to a user’s interest is happening.
3) Current Events – This part of the app will deal with issues happening in real time. For example, if a natural disaster occurs, users can sign petitions, donate money, or send messages of solidarity. After a tragedy, people often want to help or donate, but can’t find a good place to so this app will centralize all that information.
About The Pink Award: The award, which stands for “Passion, INitiative, and Knowledge,” was established by Katherine Kies ’07 to help hardworking Madeira girls pursue a goal. Upon graduating from Madeira, Kies decided to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She went to the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. When she won the Drown Prize Award, the top honor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, she decided to give part of that award back to Madeira in appreciation for the Co-Curriculum experience that led her to her major and subsequently this award.