Skidmore Prize Winners

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Every year Willamette Week awards the Skidmore Prize to four young Portlanders who work every day to make Portland a better place and to preserve the community-oriented nature of the city we all know and love.

This year we were so impressed that there's five winners!
If you’ve ever wondered who’s really making a difference in our community, scroll down.

This year's finalists included: Joy Alise Davis (Imagine Black Futures), Gustavo Martinez (Bienstar), Charelle Stanley (Wild Diversity), and Elona Wilson (Next Up).

Winners of the Skidmore Prize must be under the age of 36 and work full-time for a local nonprofit. Winners received their awards, including prizes of $4,000, at the beginning of the Give!Guide campaign.

2015 Prize Winners
April Woods

Meals on Wheels People

April Woods prepares 300 meals daily for hungry, low-income seniors 65 and over, including hot meals that are delivered across the metro area and also directs more than 15 volunteers monthly.

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Drew Gadbois

De Paul Treatment Centers

Gadbois team of seven counselors and case managers serves daily up to 40 kids who are seeking freedom from addiction. Of nearly 600 kids Gadbois has individually counseled at De Paul, at least 70 percent have successfully graduated from the program.

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Rebecca Burrell

The Right Brain Initiative

Burrell’s advocacy work has helped Right Brain serve 20,000 students from 63 Portland metro-area schools in seven districts and three counties.

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Leticia Aguilar

Adelante Mujeres

Aguilar assists more than 400 Latina girls in Forest Grove annually by providing leadership education, mentorship and college prep.

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