Headshot Photo of Samantha Vinik
2014 Award Recipient


Project iTold4

Location Millburn, NJ

Issue Area Health

Samantha, born with severe hearing loss, always wanted to help others prevent the loss she couldn’t avoid. She started by working with a few friends to design a lesson that teachers could use on how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. After offering the lesson to 100 school districts—and getting 100 “no’s”—Samantha started iTold4. Taught entirely by student volunteers, iTold4 uses the power of word-of-mouth and an interactive curriculum, including special tapes that simulate living with severe hearing loss, to raise awareness.

It is very exciting to know that future generations are aware and acting upon information we taught!

Samantha Vinik
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller