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2013 IN HARMONY WITH HOPE AWARD® (View gallery)

Christa Gannon
Fresh Lifelines For Youth
Milpitas, California

New Direction for
Silicon Valley Youth

Christa Gannon and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) provide support and the promise of a new direction to thousands of troubled and at-risk youth in Silicon Valley each year. In 1996, Gannon, a law school student, realized that young people who are in trouble with the law might be less likely to re-offend if they understood the law and the consequences of their crimes. Following a 12-week law course, 70 youth who want and need to transform their lives can enter a one- to two-year leadership training, giving them the skills and support they need to realize their true potential. A two-year mentor program helps another 100 kids struggling with drug or alcohol use, and a middle school platform reaches out to 1,000 at-risk kids before they get into trouble. FLY costs less than 10% the cost of incarceration, and more than 80% of all youth in FLY’s programs share that FLY inspired them to change their lives and helped them develop the skills and confidence to make change happen. In FLY’s Leadership Program 80% get engaged in school following the program.


Gary Slutkin, MD
Cure Violence
Chicago, Illinois

A Cure for

Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin’s expertise in combatting infectious disease around the world informs his radically different approach to stemming the tide of violence in American cities. In 2000 he formed Chicago-based Cure Violence (then called CeaseFire), convinced that violence could be halted with a three-pronged approach taken directly from the public health model: first, interrupt the transmission; second, identify and change the thinking of the highest potential transmitters; and third, change social norms. At the core of the program are the violence interrupters and outreach workers—veterans of the street who are carefully recruited and trained to stem the flow of violence. From the first (and formerly worst) neighborhood in Chicago where they began, Cure Violence has effectively reduced shootings and killing by 41-73%, in urban neighborhoods around the country, and indeed, around the world.


Andrew Yang
Venture For America
New York, New York

Focusing College Grads on Rebooting America

At Venture for America (VFA), Andrew Yang is redirecting enterprising college graduates into early-stage businesses in underserved American cities. The program is revitalizing American cities and communities through entrepreneurship and allowing top graduates to earn hands-on business experience and grow a culture of achievement. And it provides an alternative to the predictable post-graduate march into low-growth sectors like financial services, consulting, or the law in cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco, or Washington, DC. In just its second year, VFA has placed 120 graduates in two-year fellowships with exciting start-ups in cities like Detroit, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. The 80 new Fellows in 2013 were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants. VFA’s goal is to create 100,000 new jobs by 2025—and they seem to be right on track.


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In Their Own Words...

Miss the ceremony? Watch it here!We shine a light on the hopeful and empowering idea that we are all transformative change agents. It is in our power to make a positive difference because everything we DO, everything we SAY, and everything we ARE will ripple out, and end by transforming the world we live in.
     -- Lauren Speeth, Elfenworks Foundation

Who can you believe in? Tell them. Show them. Let your hope be contagious.
     -- Christa Gannon, Fresh Lifelines for Youth

It turns out the contagion is real. [Violence] is a contagious process.
     -- Gary Slutkin, MD, Cure Violence

We measure our value by the impact we have on others.
     -- Andrew Yang, Venture for America

[Our honorees tonight] chose a different path. They chose to make a difference. They chose to make change. And they chose to grow hope.
     -- Wendy Tokuda

Wendy Tokuda Anchors 2013 IHH Awards Ceremony

Emmy-award winning anchor and news correspondent Wendy Tokuda skillfully served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the 2013 In Harmony with Hope Awards ceremony. Tokuda is a beloved Bay Area fixture—she has anchored and reported in the area for nearly 30 years. Since her retirement from an active anchor position, Tokuda has been profiling low-income, at-risk Bay Area teenagers in her series, “Students Rising Above,” for KPIX 5.

This nationally recognized series has won numerous awards, including the Peabody Award and a National Emmy for Public Service, among many others. The series led to the creation of the nonprofit Students Rising Above, which has raised millions of dollars to help send these students to college.

Tokuda began her broadcasting career in Seattle as a secretary in public affairs and then as a news reporter before joining KPIX co-anchoring the first-place 6 and 11pm news. After 14 years at KPIX, she moved to Los Angeles and co-anchored the 6pm news for five years before returning to the Bay Area and KRON 4 in 1997 as an anchor/reporter. She returned to KPIX in 2007, anchoring the 5 o’clock news.

Tokuda’s exemplary news career has garnered her many, many awards including (but certainly not limited to) the Governors’ Award in recognition of her television work and public service, and seven Emmys. She has also been active in and honored by many community organizations and was founding president of the Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Tokuda attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, holds a BA cum laude from the University of Washington, and attended the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language. She is also the co-author of two children’s books, has two daughters, and lives in Oakland.


The Bailen Brothers Kick Off West Coast Tour at In Harmony with Hope Awards Ceremony

Bailen BrothersThe Bailen Brothers, winners of the 2013 Elfenworks Social Justice Prize through College Battle of the Bands, have been described by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “top five indie discoveries of the CMJ music festival.” Songwriting—and twin—duo David and Daniel Bailen have been playing music and writing songs their entire lives. As members of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, both were featured soloists. In 2007, the two collaborated with pianist Pierre Piscitelli and recorded their first album, Come and Get Your Art.

They have spent the past six years touring the country and playing the New York club scene. In 2010, they took a break from their regular routine and moved to Florence, Italy, where they had weekly residencies at two clubs in the city center.

Since their return from Europe, The Bailen Brothers have been voted the best college band in the northeast by College Battle and Grammy U, and one of the top five bands in Manhattan by WNYC radio and The Greene Space. They have written music for and/or been featured on NPR, Nickelodeon, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Elle.com, among many others, and have played on the VH1 ‘Save the Music’ Breaking Through Concert Series, Harlem Jazz Museum’s July 4th Concert in the Park, and the CMJ Music Festival, to name a few.

In 2012 they released their first full-length album, Must Be Mistaken, co-produced with renowned producer Joe Mardin.

David is a film major at NYU Film School and directs the band’s music videos; Daniel produces them. They are currently working on new music and videos as well as a sitcom and a Web series. Daniel will be appearing in the cast of the new off-Broadway musical “What’s It All About?” following the band’s West Coast tour, which debuted with the In Harmony with Hope performance.

Bands Promote Hope

Two of the memorable bands that have won the Elfenworks Social Justice Prize through Campus MovieFest and College Battle of the Bands, have recently joined forces with Elfenworks to spread a message of hope. Eyeshine, which won the prize in 2009, and A Moment’s Worth, the 2011 winners, are talking about Elfenworks and playing their winning songs at their concerts. They’re augmenting that exposure with social media postings highlighting the partnership. The collaboration is helping cement the bands’ standing as musical leaders in the push for social justice, as it exposes a younger audience to Elfenworks’ dream of creating hope through engaged involvement.

Learn more at: www.elfenworksfoundation.org/eyeshine
and www.elfenworksfoundation.org/amomentsworth


I am happy to ‘like’ such a great cause. I heard of your organization through Eyeshine and couldn’t be happier that you are giving them your support. I can tell you now that their music has gotten me and several others through many tough times. Hopefully we can all work together to further the reach of these hopeful, uplifting and positive messages to help even more people! Thanks for everything you have done and will do in the future.

Creating for Change

Each year at college and university campuses across the country, thousands of students are given all the tools they need by Campus MovieFest (CMF) and its corporate partners to create a movie in one week. For the past six years, Elfenworks has awarded the Elfenworks Social Justice Prize to the best social justice movies submitted in the competition. CMF is the world’s largest student film festival and a premier outlet for the next generation of filmmakers. Since 2001 more than 500,000 students have been telling their stories on the big screen through film. A parallel program in music allows young musicians to create songs of change.

Learn more at: www.elfenworksfoundation.org/cmf

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