Wonder is best utilized in the service of others.
The Shawn Mendes Foundation seeks to enable those who choose to dream big and to wonder about how to use their voice, vision, or abilities to change the world for the better. Wonder Grants are designed to uplift and amplify young changemakers with big ideas.
By awarding young activists mini-grants to support topic-focused projects, the Wonder Grant program is enabling youth voices to continue their work, while also creating new opportunities for young people to better their communities.
Fanta Ballo is a poet, artist, and activist from Harlem, New York. At just nineteen, she performed her poetry at events ranging from protests and rallies to school auditoriums, for organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, Words on White, New Aged Black Panthers, 826NYC, UAlbany Student Association and A BroaderWay. Fanta has been awarded with a Wonder Grant in the Human Rights/Poetry category. Fanta uses poetry and music to tell her story in hopes of empowering others to share theirs.
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