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Empowerment for Change

Our goal at VantagePoints is to engage socially activated leaders to hear their ideas for solving some of the biggest global challenges. Many of the thought leaders we have interviewed name empowerment as a key part of their work. Click on the articles below to read more about how these leaders are empowering others to make a change across our globe. We encourage you to share with us how you empower those around you! Leave a note in the "Comments" section or by sending us an email at vantagepoints@pass-usa.net. Interview with Ho`ōla Nā Pua on their Mission to End Sex Trafficking Jessica Munoz is the Founder and President of Ho`ōla Nā Pua ...

Interview with Ho`ōla Nā Pua on Their Mission to End Sex Trafficking

Jessica R. Munoz is a clinical emergency nurse practitioner, and president and founder of Hoʻōla Nā Pua Pua (HNP) which means "New life for our children", a nonprofit organization whose mission is the prevention of child sex trafficking and providing care for youth who have been exploited.  Rooted on the “justice gene in her DNA”, her passion for shining the light in the dark places and watching new life come forth shapes her vision and life’s mission. She provides executive leadership, innovation, and development of a growing social service agency. She has 15 years of health care experience, entrepreneurship, and community advocacy, ...

Empowerment Through the Lens

Manca Juvan, photographer, curator, photography mentor, and director at APIS Institute, sits down with VantagePoints for a conversation about her work and her journey as an artist. Manca has travelled extensively and used photography as a tool for experiencing and learning about the places she has travelled to. Above all else, Manca is a storyteller. Her most well known projects, “Guardians of the Spoon” and “Unordinary Lives”, share a new perspective on the people who lived in the Italian Fascist Camps and Afghanistan, respectively. Manca shares with us her experience working with the APIS Institute, a space for cooperation between ...

Addressing Food Insecurity: A Community Approach

Lauren Shweder Biel is Executive Director and co-founder of DC Greens. She has served as co-chair of DC Health's "Diabesity" Committee and on the Mayor's Commission for Healthy Youth and Schools. Lauren was named a 2014 Toyota "Mother of Invention," and received a 2019 David Bradt Nonprofit Leadership Award. She is currently an advisor to the Aspen Institute's Food & Society, Food is Medicine working group.   What drove you to create DC Greens, and has any of that vision changed since you started? My co-founder and I first founded DC Greens in 2009. So, if you go back to that moment, it was right as the Obamas had just taken office for ...

Addressing the Most Critical Factors Toward Eliminating Diseases of Poverty

Professor Bentwich, a physician, and world-renowned clinical immunologist and AIDS researcher. Since its onset, he became involved in AIDS and AIDS research and led the first AIDS center in Israel. Currently, he is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, where he is also head of the Center for Tropical Diseases and AIDS (CEMTA) and its implementing arm in Africa -NALA Foundation, that is heavily involved in eradicating Neglected Tropical Diseases from Ethiopia and Africa. In the course of the last five years this activity has covered a population of over five million people and is about to expand and reach ...

Urban Farming for Social Impact

Josephine Chu is the Programs and Operations Manager at Common Good City Farm. She manages the distribution of the farm's produce through the Farm Stand and organizes the Seed-to-Table workshops and Community Events. As a graduate from American University's MA program in Global Environmental Politics, she became very involved in DC's food justice work. She co-founded Zenful Bites, a women-of-color owned social enterprise that provides plant-based eco-catering services and food education programming to foster a sustainable and fair food system in the DC metro region.  We asked Josephine some questions about her organization... Common Good City ...

Transitioning an Organization from its Local Origin to Support its International Focus: A Board Perspective

Richard A. Poppa (pronounced Poppy) is a Planning Facilitator and Governance Consultant and serves as Manager of RAPt Consulting, LLC.   He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. for more than 20 years, retiring at the end of 2016 as President Emeritus.  Dick has been involved in numerous professional and civic activities, serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives.  Dick was a founding member of the Trustedchoice.com Board of Managers, Past Chair of the Board of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, an Elder in the ...

Dahlia Dadgar Program Coordinator

Dahlia Dadgar is a Program Coordinator for PASS and serves as VantagePoints Editor. She worked on campaigns focused around fundraising, communications, and grassroots campaigns. She is passionate about empowering vulnerable communities, closing language barriers, and local volunteerism.  Dahlia has a BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from The University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Carlo Africa Director

Elizabeth Carlo is a founder and Managing Director of Noah Consultancy Ltd currently based in Rotterdam the Netherlands. As a development professional, she has over ten years’ experience in International Development, Governance, Democracy, Human rights development and Diplomacy in the United States, South Sudan and Europe with special focus on promoting sustainable economic and social development of vulnerable communities including institutional development. At NOAH Consultancy Ltd, her success has been anchored on fundraising efforts for conflict prone areas, extensive work on program development, project implementation, monitoring and evaluat...

Combating Coronavirus and Future Pandemics in Underserved Communities

The Coronavirus pandemic has placed the world at a crossroads. Its consequences are vast and often severe in every community around the world. However, the effect is not the same everywhere, and the response has to target each reality. Rural and resource-scarce communities are facing different challenges than urban settings. As the world looks for solutions, it is important to look at these communities in a different lens. This will help these communities combat and mitigate this and any future outbreak. The main challenge faced by developing communities is preparedness. Local healthcare providers and hospitals are underprepared to serve large ...