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Our Founder, Aaliyah Stewart

Who is Aaliyah Stewart?

Hello, my name is Aaliyah Stewart. My freshman year of high school, I started a  501C3 foundation in honor of my brothers Anthony S.White Jr.and James  Anderson who were killed due to senseless gun violence. The ASW  Foundation (Hope for the Lost) was started in December 2014. The  foundation began by awarding scholarships to two seniors, Brianna Smith  and Christian Espino. Both students had to meet the requirements which  included writing an essay stating how they would stop the violence in  their community. 


While working on the foundation I started the movement #IAMTHEM which means I  am my youth letting them know no matter what you may go through in life  or where you may come from, you always have potential. I was able to  speak to the sophomore and juniors May 1st, 2015 at Thea Bowman  Leadership Academy in Gary, Indiana encouraging them to keep believing  in themselves. I was also able to accomplish a Stop the Violence Skating  Party which was held on April 3rd, 2015 at Glenwood Skating Rink in  Glenwood, IL, as well as a Stop the Violence Banquet which was held on  May 17th, 2015 at the Chateau Banquet Hall in Merrillville, Indiana. I  participated in the Gary Fourth Of July parade for “Uplifting Gary”. On  September 5th, 2015 I held #IAMTHEM Peace Walk in Gary. My purpose  behind the walk was to bring everyone together; especially those mothers  that had lost their children due to gun violence I wanted them to stand  united together. 


On October 5th, 2015, I was featured on the front page of The Times  Newspaper. I was interviewed as a guest star on Windy City Live October  23rd, 2015.  During my interview I spoke of my goals for the foundation  such as awarding scholarships and promoting non-violence. On December  21st, 2015 I became the president of Merrillville high school S.A.V.E  Chapter (Students Against Violence Everywhere). On April 21st,2017 I  became the President of the Intergenerational  program at SouthShore  Nursing Home.On March 28,2018 I accepted the position as board member  for the Women's Commission of Gary. On August 11,2018, I opened my very  own Herbalife Nutrition Store. On February 23,2019 I won WDB Marketing  Young Entrepreneur of the year award.In the month of February I decided  to close my store to focus on my youth center coming June of 2020.

Aaliyah's Accomplishments

  • President Of Intergenerational Program
  • Peace Walk
  • Stop The Violence Skating Event
  • Peace Activist of the Year
  • G.L.O.W Award
  • Participation award received from Mayor Freeman City of Gary 
  • Project Strong Woman 
  • Guest star on Windy City Live,
  • Cover of the Times newspaper
  • Charitable Fashion Show
  • Motivational  speaker (Thea bowman Leadership academy, 21ST Century, Gary Lighthouse,  Hammond Morton, Hammond Gavitt, Hammond High, East Chicago Central,  IUN) 

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