Transcript of 2021 Awardee Sarah Shapiro Video

2021 Awardee Sarah Shapiro Video


Growing up with a mom who was a Jewish educator, I’ve always been immersed in the education sphere. When I was younger, I would work on lesson plans of my own and my dream career is to someday be U.S. Secretary of Education.

When the pandemic started, I began to witness educational inequities being exacerbated in both my mom’s virtual classroom and my own. I knew I needed to do something.

The Covid Nineteen Project is an entirely teen-led initiative that offers free daily activities and one-on-one tutoring for elementary school students worldwide. With nearly 500 volunteers, we have been able to help over 3000 students in 14 different countries.

Our classes range from entrepreneurship to math skills to environmental science, anything you can imagine, and the fact that we’ve been able to have these teen mentors, the connections, the bonds that I’ve been able to see emerge, continually remind me of why I’m doing this.

To see all of these students have a newly ignited passion for learning and furthering their education, connecting openly with others from different cultures. It has been an experience of a lifetime.