Hana Stauss and Miya Stauss won The Dragon Kim Fellowship, a community service grant to support motivated high schoolers that want to launch a service program over the summer to benefit their communities.
Ardent Students Hana Stauss and Miya Stauss both in 9th grade at Sage Hill School were chosen as this year’s winners of The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program. This program awards grants up to $5,000 to motivated high schoolers to support them founding service projects in their local communities. Their project called Peer Genius is aimed towards teaching low income children how to code and creating a tutoring app for them to use. Hana and Miya developed their start-up idea at the Ardent 2016 Start-Up and Social Entrepreneurship Summer Camp. After the summer camp, they continued to develop their project as a part of OC Launch with other teen entrepreneurs. With the funding from The Dragon Kim foundation, they hope to speed up the development of their venture this summer.
This year, the fellowship received applications from as far as Burbank and San Juan Capistrano. In order to apply for the Fellowship program students must pass a rigorous process of high academic accomplishments, letters of recommendations, and interviews. Those chosen for the fellowship participated in a two day Teen Leadership Weekend where they discussed their project vision, worked with their mentors, and were taught crucial business skills to get their projects up and running. The Fellowship projects will be launched this summer.