Sachiko Pettit, a senior in the Steinhard’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communications, is among a team of NYU undergraduate students whose social-change initiative, Youth Take Charge, has been selected as Best Overall Venture in the Changemaker Challenge sponsored by the NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.
Youth Take Charge seeks to fight human trafficking by providing curricular materials and leadership training to teens in New York City high schools to establish self-led anti-trafficking clubs within their schools.
“Modern day slavery is one of the greatest human rights violations of our time,” Pettit said. “It’s important to me to engage high school students about this enormous and complex issue and to encourage them to take meaningful action to end human trafficking.”
Each year, the Changemaker Challenge program invites all NYU undergraduate students who want to change the world to compete for one of ten $1,000 maximum seed grants and a Grand Prize of up to $10,000. Youth Take Charge team’s prize includes an award of $7,800 and technical assistance to launch its venture.
Members of the Youth Take Charge team include: Lauren Kalogridis (NYU Silver School of Social Work); Cordelia Brady (Silver); Danielle Eagan (Silver); Rebecca Park (NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study); Sachiko Pettit (NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development), Bailey Theado (Gallatin), and Sasha Weinert (NYU Liberal Studies Program).