Project 55 Publishes Book Based on the Legacy of our Founders

By Kim Hendler
Executive Director, Princeton Project 55
November 6, 2007

“What are YOU going to do with the rest of your life?”

That was the challenge Ralph Nader ’55 posed to his Princeton classmates at a 1989 mini-reunion in Washington, D.C. For dozens of those who heard him, an important part of their answer turned out to be an organization that didn’t exist until they got it up and running — and fully incorporated as a nonprofit — before the year was out. They called it Princeton Project 55.

The story of PP55’s early years is told in Shared Effort, Shared Values: Princeton Project 55 — The Founders, a new collection of reminiscences by its founders, to be published next month.

The book was proposed by an Ad Hoc Memorials Committee formed to consider what should be done to recognize the founders’ varied and vital roles in PP55. Committee members Charlie Bray ’55, Pete Milano ’55, Chet Safian ’55, Liz Duffy ’88, and Elizabeth Perriello Rice ’90 agreed that such a publication could capture the spirit of the Project’s early days and convey the founders’ intentions to future generations. They believed, “the fruits of this effort would be both inspirational and instructive to future Board members and others involved in PP55.”

Thirty-four individuals involved in the formative years of the Project — as Board members, program leaders, other volunteers, and paid staff members — contributed to Shared Effort, Shared Values. They were urged to describe the “distinct ideas about the Project, significant contributions, philosophical debates, and discussions of mission” which were key to the successful formation of PP55.

A committee of volunteers including Milano, Perriello Rice, Jim Lynn ’55, Caroline Moseley s’55, and Dick Turner ’55 collected and edited the essays, drafted accompanying text, and oversaw the selection of photos and layout. Princeton Project 55’s CBLI Derian summer intern, Katie Fallon ’09, completed the layout and final editing of the book.

Princeton Project 55 is self-publishing Shared Effort, Shared Values with the help of generous donors. Each contributor will receive a book, and additional copies will be available at the Project 55 offices in Princeton. Those wishing to purchase a copy can do so at cost, estimated to be under $20. To reserve your copy, please email Kim Hendler at khendler@alumnicorps.org.

Stay tuned for word on the publication date.

Volunteer Spotlight – Jessica Johnson ’98

By Treva Nolen
Communications Consultant, Princeton Project 55
November 6, 2007

Jessica Johnson '98
Jessica Johnson '98

Jessica Johnson ’98 joined the Princeton Project 55 community as an summer intern at the Community Media Workshop and then as a fellow at The Chicago Foundation for Education through the Public Interest Program (PIP) after graduating in 1998.

When she completed her fellowship, Jessica volunteered to mentor other PP55 fellows. Since then she has continued to be a solid source of support for the organization. Her experience came full circle this year when she joined Project 55’s Board of Directors, agreed to co-chair the PIP alumni annual campaign for the second year in a row, and also answered the call to become the next New York Area Coordinator for PP55’s Public Interest Program. And she does all this while working full time as the Development Officer at the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)!

Jessica will be carrying on the great work of Board member and former New York Coordinator, Chet Safian ’55, who has coordinated the New York program since 1989. Chet Safian has seen first hand the impact Jessica has had on this organization since her fellowship 9 years ago. As a member of the founding class of 1955, Safian is happy to see younger alumni fulfilling Project 55’s mission of engaging alumni in the public interest. “The future of PP55 is secure thanks to former fellows like Jessica. We are all justifiably proud of what she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish,” said Safian.

Jessica will serve as the alumni contact person for fellows, organizations, mentors, and Princeton Project 55 staff in the New York City region. Along with the members of the New York steering committee, Jessica will spend a great deal of time and effort helping to organize events, recruit applicants, and support fellows and partners throughout the fellowship year.

The Alumni Network Conference Welcomes David Bornstein

By Stephanie Mirkin
Program Manager, Princeton Project 55
November 6, 2007

On November 30, alumni and staff from alumni-driven public interest programs around the country will gather in Princeton, New Jersey for the annual Conference of The Alumni Network. In addition to workshops and networking opportunities, we are honored this year to welcome as our keynote speaker, award-winning author, David Bornstein.

Bornstein wrote How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which recounts the inspiring stories of people around the globe who are solving many of the world’s toughest problems. Bornstein is also the author of The Price of a Dream: The Story of Grameen Bank which won second prize in the Harry Chapin Media Awards, was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best business books of 1996. Bornstein was recently presented with the 2007 Human Security Award for the profound difference he has made in helping to protect and empower the world’s most vulnerable people. Bornstein’s keynote address is sure to inspire the affiliates of The Alumni Network to continue their hard work and dedication in the public interest.

Bornstein will also be speaking to the campus community at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 30. This event will be open to the public.

Register for the TAN Conference online by going to www.alumnicorps.org and clicking on the Project 55 Connect login tab. The conference agenda as well as transportation and accommodation information can also be found on our website at www.alumnicorps.org/programs/tan_conference.

Fellowship Offers Firsthand Exposure to Public Health

By Stephanie Mirkin
Program Manager, Princeton Project 55
November 6, 2007

Ruby Greywoode
Ruby Greywoode

Like many Princeton Project 55 fellows, Ruby Greywoode ’07 graduated from Princeton and immediately jumped into her Public Health Fellowship at Norwalk Community Health Center. From the very beginning, she was inundated with the daily tasks and responsibilities of operating the health center, which provides high quality, comprehensive primary health care to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Norwalk, Connecticut and the surrounding towns.

After only four months into her fellowship, Ruby has already “learned and experienced a great deal” through her interactions with patients, doctors, and other community members. Thus far the position has allowed her the opportunity to work on numerous projects and experience many different aspects of the clinic.

Ruby has helped to organize community outreach programs to raise health awareness, to assist the nurses with basic clinical tasks, and to compile reports on clinical outcomes for the Department of Health. Working in the clinic also enables her intellectual growth in medicine by encouraging her to observe patient visits and attend lectures with the residents.

Ruby said these unique opportunities have given her, “a much better sense of how the clinic operates and some places in need of improvement.” With Ruby’s career aspirations in medicine, the chance to work in the clinical environment and get hands-on experience in health care will prove incredibly valuable to her future.

Lawrence Cross, Executive Director of Norwalk Community Health Center, comments that, “having this kind of brain power for nominal money enables cash-poor health centers to undertake projects that would otherwise be out of reach.” In fact, although the clinic is already involved in many programs on-site and in the community, it is looking to expand and enrich its services, which should make for an exciting fellowship year for Ruby and an exciting future in Norwalk.

The 2007 Fellows

Atlanta

Jonathann Rice ’07, Donors Choose

Boston

Margaret Arbuthnot ’07, Environmental Defense *

Thomas Atwater ’06, The Food Project *

Katie Fiorella ’06, The Food Project *

Caitlin Gregg ’07, BELL

Marissa Grossman ’06, The Food Project *

Meredith Kimball ’07, Institute for Healthcare Improvement **

Carolyn Murphy ’07, Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP) **

Adriana Willsie ’07, JumpStart

Chicago

Aprajita Anand ’06, Mount Sinai Hospital

Jennifer Andresen ’07, Juvenile Protective Association

Dana Berkowitz ’07, Center for Economic Progress

Clara Botstein ’07, The Civic Federation

Marianne Chubb ’06, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Tracy Harrop ’07, Access Community Health

Mariana Kim ’07, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Aiala Levy ’07, Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation

David Schaengold ’07, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Whitney Spalding ’07, Chicago Public Schools

Mark Wertz ’07, Sinai Community Institute

Logan West ’07, Bethel New Life

Connecticut

Mike Dreibelbis ’07, Housing Development Fund, Stamford

Ruby Greywoode ’07, Norwalk Community Health Center **

New Jersey

Jade Ku ’07, Trinitas Hospital System, Elizabeth **

Derek Pollak ’07, North Star Academy Charter School, Newark

Cathleen Stone ’07, Isles, Trenton

Merve Unsal ’07, Discovery Charter School, Newark

Jason Wang ’07, Monmouth Family Health Center **

Diana Weiner ’07, Medical Missions for Children, Paterson **

New York

Aitalohi Amaize ’07, Medical Health & Research Association **

Marie Beylin ’07, Rockefeller Foundation **

Edward Burgess ’07, Environmental Defense *

Danielle Carlson ’07, StreetWise Partners

Gabriel Cohen ’07, New York Academy of Medicine **

Caitlin Corr ’07, St. Mark the Evangelist

Elan Dimaio ’07, The Foundation Center

Tracy Dobie ’07, Harlem Success Academy

Scott Elmegreen ’07, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

Alexis Etow ’07, District Attorney’s Office of New York

Jessica George ’07, Heads Up!

Danielle Hamilton ’07, CASES

Tatiana Josephy ’07, Donors Choose

Vivian Kim ’07, District Attorney’s Office of New York

Larissa Koehler ’07, Education Through Music

Caroline Kruse ’07, EarthPledge

Jessica Kwong ’07, Achievement First

Cherice Landers ’06, CASES

Carla Laroche ’06, Harlem Success Academy

Lauren Lichtman ’07, District Attorney’s Office of New York

Binna Lieh ’07, Association to Benefit Children

Kyle Meng ’05, Environmental Defense *

Anh-Thu Ngo ’06, Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation for New Americans

Rachel Price ’07, Girls Prep Charter School

Raegan Reber ’07, New Alternatives for Children

Megan Ryan ’07, GlobalKids

April Schachtel ’07, Manhattan Center for Early Learning **

Ira Zaka ’07, Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives

Philadelphia

Ryan Davies ’07, Computers for Youth

San Francisco

Sara Asrat ’06, Disability Rights Advocates

Eugene Fan ’07, UCSF Breast Care Center

Adam Farren ’05, Envision Schools

Clark Fisher ’07, UCSF Breast Care Center

Julia Freeland ’07, NewSchools Venture Fund

Middlebury , Vermont

Ellen Zuckerman ’07, Vermont Community Foundation *

Washington , DC

Lara Atwater ’07, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland**

Sara Malkani ’07, American Constitution Society

Dustin Meyer ’07, Aeras Global TB Foundation **

Caitlin Sullivan ’07, CityBridge, Washington, DC

* High Meadows Fellow, sponsored by Carl ’64 and Judy Ferenbach
** Public Health Fellow

Theresa Newhard and Vanessa Jackson ’04 Receive Reynolds Fellowships

By Kim Hendler
Executive Director, Princeton Project 55
May 18, 2007

PIP alumna, Vanessa Jackson ’04, and Theresa Newhard, the former Public Interest Program Manager, were recently selected as two of twenty New York University Graduate Reynolds Fellows in Social Entrepreneurship.

Jackson and Newhard will receive a $25,000 scholarship annually, in addition to specialized coursework and seminars throughout the year.

“The Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship is a wonderful program, and I feel very honored to have received this award…I feel indebted to the experience I have had at PP55 and am excited to know that I will be able to pursue the work of incubating young civic leaders in school and beyond,” Newhard stated.

Both women were selected from 350 applicants from all of NYU’s graduate schools.

As a part of the application process, applicants had to submit and present on a proposal for civic change.

The proposal Newhard submitted and spoke to during the selection process was around the idea of developing a civic leadership academic curriculum at domestic and international universities, which she reports was, “based in large part off of what I have experienced working at PP55.”

“I intend to focus my studies/Fellowship on developing a civic leadership academic curriculum domestically and abroad,” Newhard said.

“This concept is, in large part, a result of my experience at PP55 and learning about the successes and efforts of its various programs. I owe that inspiration to everyone at the organization.”

Princeton Project 55 congratulates Newhard and Jackson!