Oregon Youth Recognized in First-Ever Prudential Emerging Visionaries Program

NEWARK, New Jersey, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Aaron Li17 years old Portlandwas today named the Prudential Emerging Visionary 2022 for bringing powerful vision and meaningful change to its community.

As one of 25 young people from across the country selected in this year’s inaugural class, Aaron will receive $5,000 in funding as well as an invitation to participate in an award ceremony April 23-26, 2022. The summit will feature a lively program filled with skill-building workshops, coaching sessions, networking opportunities and special recognition events. Selected winners will also have the opportunity to participate in a pitch-off where one grand prize winner will receive an extra $10,000 in financing. Additionally, Prudential employees will vote to nominate an Employee Choice Award winner, who will receive an additional award. $5,000.

Prudential Emerging Visionaries recognizes young people between the ages of 14 and 18 whose fresh perspectives and innovative solutions address pressing financial and societal challenges in their communities. It’s a collaboration between Prudential Financial and Ashoka, a leading social impact organization, with advisory support from the Financial Health Network, an authority on financial health and a long-time partner of the Prudential Foundation. The program is an evolution of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the nation’s largest youth recognition program, which for 26 years has honored more than 150,000 outstanding young volunteers.

“Emerging Visionaries is another way for Prudential to demonstrate its commitment to our purpose: to improve lives by solving the financial challenges of our changing world,” said the Chairman and CEO. Charles Lowry. “The students we honor have a sense of possibility that pushes them to look beyond themselves. Their vision and dedication are essential to creating fully inclusive communities, and we are touched and inspired by their work.

This work includes responding to the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing economic inequality, championing inclusion and bridging the digital divide. This inaugural group of young leaders was selected on four main criteria: their solution is innovative; it can create a significant impact in the future and can spread to a wider community; it demonstrates a deep understanding of the problem; and it inspires the visionary to lead or act and motivates others to do the same.

here is from oregon Emerging prudential visionary for 2022:

Aaron Li17 years old Portland, OR, is the co-founder of “Project Lotus”, an initiative to destigmatize mental health in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The organization uses community blogs, mental health webinars, podcasts, and curated resources to empower AAPI voices and bridge the intergenerational divide on mental health topics by bringing parents and teachers into the conversation .

The organization was established with the goal of providing culturally relevant mental health care to members of the AAPI community. “I spoke to my friend Daniel about my personal struggle with the ‘model minority’ stereotype,” Aaron explained. “Recognizing that many of our peers were experiencing the same pressures, we decided to change this narrative within our community and create an open dialogue about mental health. The organization reaches community members in 23 states and nine countries.

To read the names and stories of all of this year’s Emerging Prudential Visionaries, visit prudential.com/emergingvisionaries.

About Prudential Financial
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a leading financial wellness leader and active global investment manager, operates in United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees help improve lives by creating financial opportunity for more people. Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for over a century. For more information, visit news.prudential.com.

About Ashoka
Ashoka is the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with new ideas to systematically tackle the world’s biggest challenges and the entrepreneurial skills to turn those ideas into national, regional and global social impact. In 40 years, Ashoka has supported over 3,600 social entrepreneurs in 90 countries with solutions that address society’s most pressing issues. Ashoka’s vision is a world in which everyone is an agent of change – a society that responds quickly and effectively to challenges, and where every individual has the freedom, trust and societal support to solve any social problem. For more information, visit ashoka.org.

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