2016 Award Recipients


Devonte Morris attended California State University, Northridge and Berkeley City College. He is an Oakland native, and since he was 13 years old he has been heavily involved in the East Oakland Youth Development Center, where he recently served as the Assistant Director of the Summer Cultural Enrichment Academy. Devonte is a budding shoe entrepreneur, and used his Award to build his sneaker customization skills.

An impressive spoken word artist, Elijah Pone writes “to change and help lives.” He is a 2016 graduate of Reynolds High School and was an active member of Authoring Action, a youth development organization that develops authors and social justice advocates.

Isaiah Martin is interested in business administration and computer science. He successfully completed a three year stint in the inaugural cohort of the Hidden Genius Project, which builds software development and entrepreneurship skills of African American high school-aged young men. Isaiah used his Springboard Award to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship program.