UCLA Senior Receives 2014 Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Ajwang Rading Starts Global Service Initiative providing resources for worldwide travel and study

New York ‐ UCLA Senior Ajwang Rading received the coveted Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award at the Annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference held in New York City February 27‐March 4th.

This award was established in 1995 with a generous grant from the acclaimed filmmaker. A $2,500 cash grant is given to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholar who has performed the most outstanding community service during the preceding year and recognizes those individuals who have made a particularly enduring impact through his or her commitment to serving others.

Ajwang Rading, a political science major, founded the UCLA Global Citizens Fellowship (GCF), the first and only global service initiative in the University of California system. The purpose of the Fellowship is to allow students to propose their own abroad service projects to be funded by the GCF. To date, he has raised over $50,000 to give to those chosen as Fellows. The organization has already sponsored trips to Uganda and Moldova. Future trips are planned for Ecuador and Zimbabwe. JRF Alumnus and Chair of the Western Regional Scholar Advisory Committee, Daron Campbell was on hand to present the award.

“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of young leaders like ‘AJ’, as we affectionately call him,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “He is an exemplary representative of the legacy of our heroic namesake, Jackie Robinson. Through his passion to provide opportunities for global experiences, AJ brings exceptional value to his university community and changes lives.”

Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award recipients are selected for having developed the most innovative and practical method of meeting the needs of an individual, group, or organization. His or her project must address a social, economic, educational, governmental or legal problem within a community and strive to improve the status of the population served.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier higher education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, career guidance, and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. This 2013‐2014 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 200 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 36 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 96 different colleges and universities across the country. www.jackierobinson.org