University of Pennsylvania
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Brendan Taliaferro, an innovative undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, won the 2019 President’s Engagement Prize. The prize is awarded annually to help graduating students undertake projects that make a positive difference in the world.
Brendan received this prestigious award for his project The Homeward Initiative, which places homeless LGBTQ young people with vetted adult volunteers, as well as connects the youths to much needed support services. The Homeward Initiative is sure to make a difference, as Brendan has already partnered with Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services, the Attic Youth Center, Point Source Youth, and Turning Points for Children.