Hey, Washington, take a cue from these local change agents
This year's Renewal Awards winners share the inspiration behind their innovative community work
Washington may suffer from gridlock, but for the five winners of this year’s Renewal Awards, an initiative made possible by The Atlantic and Allstate, action is at their core.
“The best solutions come from the ground up. The people who are experiencing it, who see it firsthand—their involvement in solution-building is critical,” said LaVonte Stewart, whose organization Lost Boyz Inc. was honored March 30 with an award at an event presented by AtlanticLIVE in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the other award-winning organizations including New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth, Kounkuey Design Initiative, Free Minds Book Club, and Hour Children, were also recognized.
The nonprofit leaders traveled to the nation’s capital to talk about the passion that drives them to do their innovative community work, from mentoring underserved youth on Chicago’s South Side, to helping communities access social resources in California’s Eastern Coachella Valley. They took part in a program that included discussions with members of Congress—Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)—urban mayors, and D.C. business leaders. See the full list of speakers, watch videos from the event, and review highlights of the event below: