Network Alumni Recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Europe, and US

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In Forbes Magazine’s recent 30 Under 30 Asia, Europe and US issues, twelve Teach For All network alumni were recognized across various categories. Informed by their experiences teaching in high-need classrooms and communities, these alumni of Teach For ChinaTeach For Austria,  Teach First (UK), and Teach For America,  have been recognized for their efforts to effect systemic change and ensure social justice for young people in their countries.

Meet the Teach For All alumni honorees of 2018:

Fatema Basrai (Teach For America)

Fatema was recognized for her work as the executive director of LSAISD, a free San Antonio leadership development program open to people who want to advocate for public education and go on to serve on school boards, captain nonprofits, and more.

Liz Chen (Teach For America)

Liz is the co-founder of MyHealthEd, a nonprofit that uses technology to make sex education more accessible for teenagers. Their flagship product Real Talk is a mobile app that uses real stories from teens to convey relevant sexual health information.

Xiaohoa Michelle Ching (Teach For America)

While teaching in Oakland, CA, Michelle encountered a critical struggle in her classroom: literacy. Today she is helping over 1,100 schools around the world meet their students' literacy needs through her app Literator, which allows teachers to capture and analyze data about their students' reading performance.

Rebecca Dean (Teach First)

Becca was recognized for her work co-founding The Girls Network, which empowers girls through one-on-one mentoring with female role models. Her partners include Barclays, PwC, and BNY Mellon.

Tsion Gurmu (Teach For America)

Inspired by her family's experience as asylum seekers from Ethiopia, Tsion launched an initiative at the African Services Committee to provide pro bono legal help and social support for black LGBT refugees fleeing anti-homosexuality legislation in their home countries.

Reyna Montoya (Teach For America)

Reyna grew up as an undocumented immigrant, experiencing first-hand the fear, anxiety, and stress associated with having undocumented status in the US. She founded Aliento to support the 6.5 million undocumented youth and children of immigrant parents through art, leadership development, organizing, and education.

Nina Poxleitner and Lisa-Maria Sommer (Teach For Austria)

Nina and Lisa-Maria were recognized for their work supporting refugees to enter the job market in Austria through More Than One Perspective, which they co-founded with another alumnus, Julian Richter.

Clint Smith (Teach For America)

Clint is a doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Clint is also a contributor to The New Yorker and was the 2014 National Poetry Slam champion. His 2016 poetry collection, Counting Descentwon the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Hernandez Stroud (Teach For America)

Currently a visiting professor at Washington & Lee law school, from which he graduated from in 2015, Hernandez has researched and written about legal issues surrounding addiction, and will clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit next year.

Stefan Steinberger (Teach For Austria)

Stefan was recognized for his efforts working with refugees and co-founding refugees{code}, which helps refugees seeking employment connect with companies seeking programmers through nine-month coding classes.

Sam Waldo (Teach For China)

Sam is Co-founder and CEO of Mantra, China's first social impact-focused fashion brand. Along with non-profit sister organization Education in Sight, which was started by fellow Teach For China alumni George Dong and Andrew Shirman, Mantra has applied a buy-one-give-one model to donate over 23,000 free eyeglasses and 170,000 free eye exams to children in need in rural China.