Acta Non Verba in NYC for the 2019 Renewal Awards!

This week the Atlantic and Allstate announced the winners of the fourth annual Renewal Awards Wednesday at an event in New York City! This annual event recognizes non-profit organizations that are stepping in to play a vital role in building healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Five winners from across the country were carefully selected from a pool of over 9,300 hundred candidates and Acta Non Verba was one of them! ANV’s Founder & Executive Director, Kelly Carlisle, and Office Manager & Program Coordinator, Ayano Jeffers-Fabro, travelled to New York City this week to receive one of five Renewal Awards AND the Youth Empowerment Award for 2019! Watch the full video below.

The original prize was $20,000, but as a surprise to the winners, each of the organizations will receive $40,000 over two years to support their work. The winning organizations come from all corners of the country. They are: Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, Oregon; The Compton Initiative, Compton, California; New Moms, Chicago; Welcoming the Stranger, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; and Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, Oakland, California, which was the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award winner. Read more about these brilliant awardees.

Kelly and Ayano spent a few days in New York City for the Renewal Awards celebration. The festivities kicked off with a phenomenal dinner at Ai Fiori, a Michelin Star recognized restaurant. There, they met with other awardees, past awardees and the Renewal Project Team — where they were officially inducted into the Renewal family.  After the dinner, awardees gathered on the rooftop of the Ink48 Hotel to see one of the best views in NYC — soaking in the brilliance of the lights and bustling activities of the city. At the awards ceremony the next day, Kelly sat on a panel alongside fellow awardees to showcase ANV’s work.

The Success of Grow Your Imagination 2018!

Here’s what happened that night:

“Loved it! It was fun and tasty and informative. I learned about a new author and got a chance to buy an autographed book! Thanks ANV!” -GYI Attendee

The evening began at the VIP gathering at Lungomare Restaurant in Jack London Square, featuring drinks and lite bites. Then a beautiful ferry ride over to San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building. Once there, host DeAngela Cooks of The Mosaic Collaborative helped to create a wonderful, fun, memorable night.

Deepest gratitude to our guest author Wayétu Moore, author of “She Would Be King”, who read a powerful excerpt from her book then signed copies for our guests! 

Congratulations to all of our Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence Awardees:

2018 Victory V. Lee Awardees

Executive Board Member Of The Year:
Bennie Patterson

Auxiliary Board Member Of The Year:
Jennifer Dix

Volunteer Of The Year:
Pauline Chiquet (Not pictured)

Staff Member Of The Year:
Ayano Jeffers-Fabro

Donor Of The Year:
Nancie Hughes

Foundation Of The Year:
Satterberg Foundation

Elected Official Of The Year:
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

Partner Of The Year:
Whole Foods

Appreciations to all of the staff and volunteers who made the night happen. Many thanks to Pete Rosos of 2812 Photography for the beautiful photographs of the night. Thank you to Victoria Russell for fabulous event planning.

Thanks also go out to the Oakland A’s, Whole Foods Oakland, Waste Management, Beneficial State Bank and all of our sponsors for supporting this incredible event!

…And Thank You to all of the supporters and guests that attended to help us continue our work in Oakland and beyond!

Grow Your Imagination! A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba

Acta Non Verba would like to thank all of those who attended and supported this event! Here are some highlights from “Grow Your Imagination” A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba!

Photos courtesy of ©Pete Rosos Photography


GIY- Flyer w sponsors

ANV’s Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project’s (ANV) Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence annually recognizes the current year’s “outstanding service to the community”, beginning in 2017. It is awarded to members of the ANV community who have gained the attention of the organizations Board of Directors and who exemplify the values that ANV holds dear: Courage, Integrity and Commitment, as well as our creed: “Deeds, Not Words”.

Victory V. Lee was born on September 7, 1949 and passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

The award is named for Ms. Victory V. Lee, an educator, community member and urban farmer. Founder of the Victory Garden Foundation in 2008, Ms. Lee’s commitment to urban agriculture has impacted thousands of individuals. From the elementary school gardens and urban farms that she started and maintained, to the annual Victory Garden Challenge for Community Resilience, which was created to “inform, inspire, and support people to ‘improve the quality of life in and around the garden.’”

 

 

 

Throughout ANV’s friendship and partnership with Ms. Victory, her passion for growing both plants and humans was evident.

She was always ready to lend a hand, give advice and share resources with anyone willing to ask and the share those same qualities and resources on to the next individual and organization who asked.

For this reason, Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is proud to name it’s highest award the Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence with permission from her son, Sean Higgins.

 

All who receive this award have shown their equal commitment to equity, hard work and love of community.

2018 Acta Non Verba Victory V. Lee Awardees Of The Year:

Executive Board Member Of The Year:
Bennie Patterson
 
Auxiliary Board Member Of The Year:
Jennifer Dix
 
Volunteer Of The Year:
Pauline Chiquet
 
Staff Member Of The Year:
Ayano Jeffers-Fabro
 
Donor Of The Year:
Nancie Hughes
 
Foundation Of The Year:
Satterberg Foundation
 
Elected Official Of The Year:
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley
 
Partner Of The Year:
Whole Foods
 
These awards will be presented at ANV’s Fall Silent Reading Benefit, “Grow Your Imagination” on Thursday, November 29th from 6-9pm. Learn More and Get Your Tickets.