The Daniel Trust Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Daniel Trust, a Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Youth Motivational Speaker, and Human Rights Advocatewhile he was pursing his business management degree at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Left as an orphan after the death of this parents during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Daniel says "his life has been a blessing...my whole life God has always put someone in my life to help and support me, for that reason I want to give back to other people was well - I want to pay it forward" as result he started the Daniel Trust Foundation.
The mission of The Daniel Trust Foundation, Inc. is to foster links with charitable and educational organizations that aid orphans and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and provide resources to assist these children with their educational and career goals as well as in their day-to-day lives. In addition, the foundation recognizes students and teachers who contribute and support human rights, LGBT rights and promote social justice and equality for all human beings through scholarships (The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship) and grants (The Kathy Silver Award).
The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship
The Daniel Trust Foundation, Inc. is committed to recognizing students who give back to their local and/or international community through volunteerism, activism, promote and advocate for human rights, LGBTQ rights, social justice, freedom, peace and equality for all.
The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship is a 4 year $2000 scholarship awarded to a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited 2-year community college or 4-year university and has contributed greatly to his/her school, local and/or international community. Whether it’s being active in their high school’s Gay Straight Alliance club, Student Government Association or by simply volunteering at the local community food bank, the foundation wants to recognize and support students around the country who are doing their part to change the world for the better. Qualified students receive $500 per year to help pay for their college textbooks expenses. Click here to download an application. Applications are due on April 30th, 2014.
The Kathy Silver Award
The Kathy Silver Award was created in honor of high school Arts teacher Kathy Silver of Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut for her passion for teaching, caring for her students, and giving back to her community. This $1000 award recognizes teachers like Mrs. Silver around the country who truly care for the success of their students and do great things that give back to the communities in which they serve.
In addition, this award recognizes teachers who are passionate and contribute to human rights, LGBTQ rights, promote social justice and equality for all human beings. Click here to download an application. Applications for this award are due on April 30th 2014.
Daniel Trust Mission Trips
Mission trips are trips where Daniel Trust visits and supports our partner organizations around the world. These organizations aid and support orphaned children by providing resources to assist them with their educational and career goals as well as in their day-to-day lives.
In the years 2011 and 2012, Daniel Trust visited and supported Child Hope International, a christian non-profit organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Child Hope International works to help and support orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. On both of these trips, The Daniel Trust Foundation donated school supplies to the organization’s school, Maison de Lumiere. Our foundation also contributed to two families in the tent cities in Port-au-Prince by donating funds to purchase food for a family of 3, and shoes for a young man who did not have any to wear.
LGBTQ & Human Rights Advocacy
Through his speaking engagements and workshops at middle schools, high schools and universities, Daniel Trust works to raise awareness on issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and promotes peace, forgiveness, human rights, social justice and equality for all human beings.
Daniel Trust always encourages students and educators to stand up, speak out and fight against homophobia, racism and bullying to promote social justice and equality for all human beings. To check Daniel Trust's availability and rates for a speaking engagement at your high school, university or community center, please visit DanielTrust.com.
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