Daniel Trust, President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation. Photo: Alex Kusak
One of my favorite shows on television is CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The show airs in December every year on CNN and I am always inspired by the stories and the people who are honored and recognized on the program. My dream is to one day be featured as a top 10 CNN Hero.
It would be an honor to see the work I am doing to impact the lives of low-income students and their teachers at Daniel Trust Foundation receive the recognition it deserves here in the United States and around the world.
I am inviting members of the Daniel Trust Foundation community: students who have benefited from our High School Mentoring and College Scholarship programs, educators who have been honored through our Teacher Recognition program, and donors who invest in and support our mission, to nominate me and Daniel Trust Foundation to be a 2019 CNN Hero.
The 2019 CNN Heroes nomination form is very short and it will only take you a few minutes to complete. Watch the above video for tips on how to make a nomination from the host of the show, Anderson Cooper. I love Anderson and I can already envision myself on stage at the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York City as he introduces my story and work to the world.
Below, find a few details you can consider including in your nomination.
14 years ago, at the age of 15, I came to the United States as a refugee with nothing, but a big dream to make this world a better place. Today, at the age of 30, I’ve impacted the lives of 102 low-income students and 41 teachers in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY. By the end of 2019, Daniel Trust Foundation will have awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships since 2014.
TRUST, a short film starring a young man my work has impacted, was featured in many film festivals around the world and has won multiple awards.
Connecticut Magazine and Fairfield County Business Journal have honored me by including me in their 40 Under 40 lists of rising stars, and most recently, I was featured on CPTV’s new series “Home Movies - American Journeys.”
I want to sincerely thank you in advance for taking the time out of your busy schedule to submit this nomination. Please know that your love and support for my work and for the students and teachers who benefit from Daniel Trust Foundation’s programs, truly means the world to me.