2019 “Luce 24 Under 24” Recipients Awarded in New York City

New York, N.Y. More than one hundred people celebrated the unveiling of the first cohort of “Luce 24 Under 24” at The China Institute on July 24, which coincidentally was the 60th birthday of Jim Luce.

Mirroring the Forbes 30 Under 30, the “Luce 24 Under 24” Awards recognize young game-changers twenty-four years of age or younger who are making innovative contributions to humanity. They were chosen for demonstrating their potential to alter the trajectory of the world.

67285174_3488129161212591_1380212861833314304_oCornell’s Kumar Nandanampati, 2019 Luce 24 Under 24 Award recipient.

Winners include Isaac Bayoh (U.S./Sierra Leone), Ian Gibson (U.S.), Julian English (U.S./Jamaica), Kylie Gall (U.S.), Jeffrey Gu (U.S./China), Onel Harrison (U.S./Jamaica), Ramin Herath (Sri Lanka), Sarah Cohen Kassin (U.S.), Dustin Liu (U.S./China), Kumar Nandanampati (U.S./India), Adam Shlomi (U.S./Israel), Amy Tarar (U.S./Pakistan), Troy Washington (U.S.), and Andrew Witherspoon (U.S.).

IsaacIsaac Bayoh, a Permanent Youth Representative at the U.N., is a passionately
articulate young leader. Isaac believes every girl has the right to go to school, stay
from violence, access health services, and fully participate in her community. 

See Isaac’s essay: At the U.N.: ‘As a Young Global Leader; I am Servant of My People.’

67403726_3488130067879167_7667627057089609728_oIan Gibson is a cinematographer, colorist and editor from Austin, TX, now based in
Brooklyn. Throughout his 12 years of experience, Ian has been working with various
projects, nonprofit organizations focusing on philanthropic & human rights efforts.

See Ian’s essayFilmmaker On Why Young Global Leadership is Critical Today.

67479470_3488130214545819_298571287305912320_oJulian English co-authored the book No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through
the ABC’s with his mother that reflects on his disability and inability to read and write
easily. Julian’s determination and leadership led him to triumph over adversity.

See Julian’s essay: Co-Author of Book No Limits: No Boundaries!
My Journey Through the ABC’s Says about Global Leadership

67292660_3488130384545802_3968873291325636608_oKylie Gall is a rising senior in New Jersey. She is the editor-in-chief of her school’s
newspaper and very involved in their literary review, theater productions, foreign
language publication, etc. She is highly skilled at writing, editing, and content creation.

67457519_3488130391212468_3788451563580686336_oJeffrey Gu believes young global leadership is critical today because youth have
markedly  far-reaching, cross-continent and cross-ocean extending social networks.
Jeffrey is an ambitious and industrious N.Y.U. student and published translator.

See Jeffrey’s essay: Global Leadership Is Important For Us to Build Always Upward.

67404387_3488130694545771_1038622503485833216_oOnel Harrison, a graduated from Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York is
passionate about digital technology and its role to uplift the community and
challenge status quo with fresh ideas, to positively change/create a better world.

See Onel’s essay: Technologist: Young Global Leadership of Paramount Importance.

67293762_3488128837879290_1515426347936120832_oRamin Herath believes young leadership is crucial in fighting the many issues
we face as a global community. Today he is looking to set up a fund in his native
country Sri Lanka to help families that have been left behind from industrialization.

See Ramin’s essay: On the Emergence of New, Young, Global and Ethnic Leadership.

67256926_3488128577879316_1386163298503753728_oSarah Cohen Kassin (r) got her inspiration of uplifting our young generation from
her participation in Witness Theater that has given her the knowledge to appreciate
life and always keeps the hope to make the most of the life we were given.

See Sarah’s essay: My Experience: Why I Will Be The Torchbearer To Future Generations.

67486218_3488131121212395_2421251812704124928_o (1)Dustin Liu developed his passion for education equity from his root of his two
immigrant parents who came to America in pursuit of their education. Early on, he
became aware of the opportunity
gap in education globally that he hopes to conquer.

See Dustin’s essay: Son of Immigrants Pursues American Dream as well as Education Equity.

67280437_3488131404545700_4264042105539657728_oKumar Nandanampati studies South Asian Studies at Cornell. Son of Desi immigrants,
he is deeply committed to fighting for equal opportunities for marginalized communities
and mobilizing around the issues of social justice, coalition building, and Desi visibility.

See Kumar’s essay: From Cornell: Why Young Global Leadership Today is So Critical.

Adam Shlomi, originally from Israel, raised in Florida, is in a position to make a
positive change for the environment. He started a company which was not only proven
to be financially successful but also climate-positive by offsetting carbon emissions.

See Adam’s essay: Young Global Leadership Needed to Combat Threat of Climate Change.

67244245_3488132817878892_8646573657172213760_oAmy Tarar is an experienced student who interested in biology and healthcare field.
A graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, she is working toward attending a Medical school in
2020. She believes in the importance of education and helping students stay in school. 

See Amy’s essay: As World Continues to Divide, Young Global Leadership Critical.

67324468_3488133294545511_2709527238767804416_oTroy Washington, a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, is an actor/model
trying to make an impact on the world. After studying fashion merchandising, he
aspires to create an affordable fashion brand with proceeds supporting children.

67664721_3488132941212213_4578904616116158464_oAndrew Witherspoon is a graduate from The Wharton School of Business as well
as co-founder and co-executive director of the Chicago Furniture Bank that
recycles and redistributes used furniture to individuals and families in need.

See Andrew Witherspoon’s essay:
Chicago Furniture Bank Founder on Young Global Leadership.

“It is important for us to acknowledge Young Global Leaders not only in our backyard, but across high schools and universities of the world. We are delighted to give Hong Kong high school student activist Joshua Wong for his pivotal role in the Umbrella Movement and subsequent imprisonment,” states J. Luce Foundation founder Jim Luce, “the way we presented an award posthumously to Peter Wang, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student in Parkland, Florida who was shot as he held the door open and helped his peers escape.”

In terms of diversity, this first cohort of Luce 24 Under 24 Awardees represent 53% Asian or Asian-American, 21% African or African-American, 79% male, and 22% LGBTQ. The group is diverse in terms of belief with an estimated 32% Buddhist, 22% Christian, 10% Jewish, 5% Hindu, 5% Muslim, and the remaining 26% “other.”

All photographs courtesy of Francois Bonneau.

About The J. Luce Foundation

The Mission of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. (www.LuceFoundation.org) is to support young global leadership impacting positive social change, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education and Orphan Care. Related charities include Orphans International Worldwide (OIW) and The New York Global Leaders Lions Club, both founded by Jim Luce, born July 24, 1959.

From Cornell: Why Young Global Leadership Today is So Critical (7/19)
Introducing J. Luce Foundation’s Young Global Leaders Summer 2019 (7/19)

July 24th, J. Luce Foundations 20th Annual Summer Soirée (7/19)
‘Luce 24 Under 24’ Summer Soirée Set for July 24 at the China Institute (6/19)
J. Luce Foundation Announces First ‘Luce 24 Under 24’ Awards (5/19)
Leading Across Differences: Young Global Leaders Travel to Ohio (4/19)
J. Luce Leadership Team Lauded by Forbes, Gates, Ford Foundation (9/18)
Young Global Leaders Introduced in New York State Capitol (6/18)

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