Helen Diller Award

Seeking Teen Activists

09/19/2012
Editorial Intern

At age 13, Zak Kukoff of Thousand Oaks, Calif., would watch his autistic younger cousin sit alone on the playground. “It’s not that students didn’t want to be her friend — they just didn’t know how,” he said. “It hurt me to see.”

Diller Teen Award-winner Daniel Rosenthal of Santa Rosa, Calif., takes his magic shows to hospitals and schools.

Teen Literally Brightens Kenyan Lives

07/10/2013
Book Critic
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Since he was 15, Ben Hirschfeld has been spreading light in Kenya. He founded an organization called Lit! Solar to replace dangerous kerosene lamps, which many poor families rely on in their homes, with safe solar lanterns.

Light unto the nations: Ben Hirschfeld’s solar lanterns project netted him a $36,000 tikkun olam prize.
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