Compton Mentor Fellowships

Fellowship Awards in 2007

Joshua Crawford – Morehouse College

Joshua will spend his fellowship year implementing “Trust Project”, an awareness and activism project among African American college students concerning HIV/AIDS. The project will be based at the Atlanta University Center. Dr. David Malebranche, Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine, will serve as Joshua’s mentor.


Janie Crocco – Clark University

 Janie will spend her Compton year addressing the problem of sex trafficking from Nigeria to Italy, by working with NGOs in both countries and speaking to women directly implicated in the sex trade to find sustainable and effective ways of dealing with this issue. She will travel to Italy first, where she plans to collaborate with the United Nations Crime and Research Institute of Turin and TAMPEP to gain perspective on the issue from interacting with

trafficked women and exploring the possibility for joint efforts with Nigerian NGOs to tackle some of the causes of sex trafficking. Janie’s time in Nigeria will be spent assessing what is being done by national and local agencies working on the issue, what kinds of collaborative efforts are feasible and possibly setting the groundwork for future efforts.  Janie’s mentor, Data Phido of the African Radio Drama Association, will assist her in making the necessary connections in Nigeria to accomplish the second component of her project and possibly find ways to use her organization’s capabilities throughout this process.


Andrew deCoriolis – Oberlin College

Andrew’s Compton year will be spent developing an organization called Bridging the Gap (BG) in Chicago Illinois. Bridging the Gap will focus on developing a program to connect local farmers with consumers who are underserved by traditional food networks. BG aims to provide low carbon emissions distribution services to small farmers, in an effort to increase their economic sustainability through the development of new markets and

coordination of delivery. In order to increase access to fresh local foods, BG will work with interested communities to establish “Fresh Stops”, where produce will be sold in a community supported agriculture arrangement. These neighborhood distribution centers will provide an opportunity to engage communities in food, farm and nutrition education. Andrew’s mentor, Peter Nicholson, is the founder of Foresight Design Initiative, a not-for-profit which employees transformative design to improve and sustain the quality of life in Chicago.


 Jessica Fagan - Berea College

For her fellowship year, Jessica plans to work with the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council Inc. (GSVSC) to help address the lack of climate-change awareness through youth education, research, idea circulation, and program development.  She plans to develop an online resource to summarize existing actions related to climate change by Girl Scouts across the nation through the many local council organizations.  Jessica will develop and implement service projects, assemble an educational demonstration library, and implement a new patch program within GSVSC to specifically and directly address climate change issues.

Jessica plans to circulate the program and influence similar initiatives throughout the Scouting organization.  Jessica’s mentor is Ms. Jean Ann Hughes, Chief Operations Officer of GSVSC.


Colin Hagan - Furman University

Colin plans to spend the year researching and writing A South Carolina Guide to Climate Change. This practical guidewill highlight the specific impact that climate change will have on South Carolina and the various opportunities that people in the state have to reduce their carbon footprint and their contribution to global climate change. Jennifer Rennicks, Federal Policy Coordinator for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will be Colin’s mentor.


 Meha Jain – Princeton University

Meha will work in India studying traditional rural conservation practices to help create environmental policies that preserve both India’s biodiversity and unique cultures. Government officials and international organizations have often overlooked the viewpoints of indigenous people when considering environmental policies. Consequently, these people are often marginalized and displaced by comprehensive environmental plans. By uncovering

conservation practices of village communities, we can find solutions to India’s environmental problems that also preserve the age-old traditions and practices of indigenous people.  Meha’s mentor, Professor Smitu Kothari, is on the Board of Directors of Intercultural Resources. This organization is a forum for research and political activism of alternatives to destructive development.


 Steven Parella -  Morehouse College

Steven will spend his fellowship year developing “The Educational Awareness Fellowship”, a community service and education based program designed to increase high school graduation rates among minorities in San Francisco. Guided by core principles of valuing education, creating peer groups and providing community service, the Fellowship will encourage students to participate in community service projects, and attend social and educational gatherings.

The ultimate goal of the project is to increase college entrance rates of minorities. Dawn and Ron Stueckle, co-directors of Sunset Youth Services will serve as Steven’s mentors.


Kartikeya Singh – Furman University

A rapidly industrializing country, India is on the verge of deciding not only its own future but also the ecological future of the planet.  How India decides to provide energy for its growing economy and middle class has major implications for global climate change.  Kartikeya will compile a report of the best energy options to be utilized in India that can potentially be used to formulate a national energy policy.  Primary focus will be given to biofuels as India is about to see the arrival of its first "people's car" which will cost approximately $2500--again having major implications for energy consumption. 

Also, through research at institutions such as the Tata Energy Research Institute and the Center for Science & Environment and also with the help of energy corporations, NGOs and government officials Kartikeya hopes to be able to determine how India should be tackling the energy problem (which renewable energies will work best, how should rural India be powered, etc.).  Kartikeya’s mentor is Ms. Sunita Narain, director of the Center for Science & Environment, New Delhi.