Bammy awards

Thirteen Year Old Mallory Fundora Selected to be First Student to Receive a Bammy Award

Young founder of Project Yesu to be honored for student initiative along with luminaries from across the education community

Today, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, comprised of 212 of the nation’s most prominent education leaders and advocates, announced that 13 year-old Mallory Fundora, founder of Project Yesu, will be honored with the first Bammy Award for Student Initiative at the 2013 Bammy Awards. The award will be presented in collaboration with Choose2Matter (, an organization that challenges students to share their talents in order to solve global problems. Mallory was chosen by the Choose2Matter organization from among all students who participated in Chose2Matter’s Quest2Matter program.  Mallory is founder of Project Yesu, which raises funds to provide food, medicine and education to orphans in Uganda. Project Yesu has directly sponsored the needs of ten Ugandan children. Mallory has twice visited Uganda to meet "her kids" and has ambitious future plans for Project Yesu.

 “Our young people have a way of looking at the world that gives me hope and excitement. It is a way of seeing the world that can make the pivotal difference in the outcome of our future," says Angela Maiers, founder of Choose2Matter. "Mallory, more than any other student I've come across, shows that students are willing to lead the change we need to see in this world.”

 Mallory Fundora will be recognized at the black-tie, red-carpet Bammy Awards event in Washington DC on September 21, along with lifetime achievement honors to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, professor emerita Nancy Carlsson-Paige and education stakeholders in 31 categories across the field of education.

 About the Bammy Awards 

Based on the notion that it takes a village to educate a child, the Academy identifies, recognizes and celebrates the contributions of education professionals, para-professionals and support staff across the entire field -- from teachers, principals and superintendents to school nurses, advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, facilities maintenance staff, special needs professionals, school board members, parents and now students. The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can't educate children alone and don't do it alone. The awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition for the vital role played by every member of the education village. The Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America's public schools while all that is right in American education is largely ignored.

Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, the Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy’s Council of Peers and Board of Governors. The Academy accepts nominations in dozens of disparate categories, selects honorees, and brings together constituents from the entire education community to recognize the honorees. 

About the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences 

The Academy is comprised of over 212 prominent education leaders and advocates. Members of the Academy include a profoundly eclectic cadre of persons involved in education, including Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University; Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Timothy Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dr. Mark Ginsberg, former head of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and currently dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University; Jay Mathews, veteran education columnist at the Washington Post; Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, Gail Connnely, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, JoAnne Bartoleti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; Donna Mazyck, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses; and Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., vice-president of research and education for Sesame Workshop. 

About Choose2Matter 

Choose2Matter is a global initiative that challenges people to solve problems. The initiative helps people take effective action by connecting them with curated information and mentors who can guide them in their quest to matter. For more information, see

This year’s event is made possible by support from Gojo/Purell, School Health, Responsive Classroom, PBS Learning Media, TCPN, Excelligence Learning Corporation, Gryphon House, Kaplan Early Learning, GameDesk, Redleaf Press, Choose2Matter, WriteSteps, Learning ZoneXpress, ChildCare Education Institute, New Tech Network, ECE PolicyWorks, Teachers College Press and Gesell Institute of Child Development. 

To learn more about the Bammy Awards, go to Send emails to info(at)bammyawards(dot)org, or call 818-539-5971.



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