University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate - Comparative Literature
Brendan Taliaferro, an innovative undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, was a recipient of 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. Taliaferro received this prestigious award for his project the Homeward Initiative, which helps place youth in the homes of vetted adult volunteers, as well as connecting the youth to much needed support services. The Homeward Initiative is sure to make a difference, as Taliaferro has already partnered with Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services, the Attic Youth Center, Point Source Youth, and Turning Points for Children.