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Yonkers' Rey Llena Honored By Connecticut-Based Newman's Own Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation's first class of fellows: Ebiere Awudu, Ashley Boyd, Ray Llena, Rose Pierre-Louis, Karimah Shabbaz and Paige Ziplow.
Newman's Own Foundation's first class of fellows: Ebiere Awudu, Ashley Boyd, Ray Llena, Rose Pierre-Louis, Karimah Shabbaz and Paige Ziplow. Photo Credit: http://newmansownfoundation.org/

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport-based Newman's Own Foundation announced its first formal class of fellows, which included Ray Llena of Yonkers, N.Y.

The innovative Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector.

The fellows were selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. Six graduates are participating in the program. They completed a two-day orientation before starting work at their respective organizations.

“The Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides promising young people a meaningful experience in the nonprofit sector, which hopefully will help shape their future participation and support for this vital segment of global society,” said Bob Forrester, president and chief executive officer of Newman’s Own Foundation and executive chairman of Newman’s Own Inc.

Here is the list of fellows and the organizations:

  • Ebiere Awudu of Nigeria, currently living in New Haven, received her master's degree in communication from the University of Hartford. She was an intern at Newman’s Own Foundation and is continuing as a fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation.
  • Ashley Boyd of Hyattsville, Md. received her bachelor's degree in anthropology and sociology and English from Lafayette College. Her Fellowship project is in collaboration with the SeriousFun Children’s Network in Westport and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn.
  • Rey Llena of Yonkers received his bachelor's degree from Trinity College. He is a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation.
  • Rose Pierre-Louis of Hyde Park, Mass., received her bachelor's degree in English from Bryn Mawr College. She is a fellow at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in Hartford, Conn.
  • Karimah Shabbaz of South Ozone, N.Y., received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Bard College. She is a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York City.
  • Paige Ziplow of New London, received her bachelor's degree from Connecticut College. She is a fellow at Wellness in the Schools in New York City.

Newman’s Own Foundation had worked with the Posse Foundation to seek fellowship candidates. Four of the new fellows are Posse Scholars.

“We are incredibly grateful to Newman’s Own Foundation for supporting this program and helping to introduce bright, young talent to the nonprofit sector,” said Nancy Easton, co-founder and executive director of Wellness in the Schools.

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