For the past 5 years, Forbes Magazine has kicked off the New Year by convening a select group of inspiring young leaders creating significant impact in their industry and awarding them with the designation of “30 under 30.” This year, we are very proud to share that 6 Civic Accelerator alumni were named Forbes 30 under 30 in the categories of Education, Media, and Social Entrepreneurs. Please help us congratulate them on this incredible accomplishment!
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Rhonesha Byng – Media
Founder, Her Agenda (CivicX Spring 2015)
Byng is founder and CEO of Her Agenda, a digital media platform for millennial women. Byng won an Emmy award as part of a team breaking news coverage while she was a field producer with NBC New York, and has also received awards from the Associated Press and other organizations.
Founder, Girl Forward (CivicX Spring 2015)
Cofounder, Overgrad (CivicX Fall 2016)
Daquan Oliver – Social Entrepreneurs
Founder, WeThrive (CivicX Fall 2016)
Founded in 2014, WeThrive pairs middle-school students living in low-income communities with college students for a year long after-school entrepreneurship program. Middle school students work to create their own business and the college students mentor them as they go from idea to generating revenue, teaching skills like public speaking and personal finance along the way. All profits made from their ventures get donated to a local charity.
Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana – Education
Cofounders, New York on Tech (CivicX Spring 2016)
The underside of the NYC public school system is that just 1% of its 1.1 million students receive computing and infosys education. One bright light is NYOT, whose goal is to create pathways for underrepresented students to thrive in technology and innovation. It offers immersive programs for high schoolers (including mentorship and internship opportunities), after school programs and alumni support.
Megan is the Director of the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light. In this role she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Civic Accelerator, including venture recruitment, program and curriculum development, portfolio monitoring and evaluation, direct investments, and developing
strategic program and philanthropic partnerships.