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About the 2014 Honorees: 
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Cookie Cart provides teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery. Key participant outcomes include: connectedness to new communities; strengthened future goal orientation; improved interpersonal skills; enhanced critical thinking skills; and increased employment readiness skills. For more information visit
The Summer Institute for Educators, Leaders, and Students 
World Without Genocide offers Summer Institutes for educators, leaders, and for high school and college students to foster leadership development and human rights advocacy skills. The program builds compassionate, empathetic, youth and adult leaders who carry their human rights knowledge and skills into their careers, becoming changemakers of today and tomorrow. For more information visit
World Savvy Classrooms
World Savvy Classrooms combines professional development for educators with engaging workshops and projects for students to build their global competency. The program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they require to be empathetic and socially responsible leaders, capable of not only resolving the most deeply entrenched problems of today, but also of tackling future challenges. For more information visit
Youth Leadership Initiative 
The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is an intensive year-long leadership program serving diverse youth, ages 14-18, in St. Paul Minnesota. YLI is based on a framework of understanding of self, working with others (often across cultures), and taking meaningful action in the community. The youth who return for a second and/or third year help design and lead the program. For more information visit

2014 Award Winners
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Summer Institutes - World Without Genocide

World Savvy Classrooms – World Savvy

Youth Leadership Initiative - Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Keynote speaker Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO, Search Institute

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reading the Character Recognition Day proclamation. 

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