№ 150/2011 from May 20, 2011
Heather Cameron, a junior professor of inclusive education at Freie Universität Berlin, is the recipient of the Young Leaders Award from the BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation for her international project "Boxgirls." The Boxgirls project and three other winners were selected from among numerous applications from around the world. The prize money is 30,000 euros. The Boxgirls project was founded in 2001. The initiators continue to be active in Berlin, as well as now also in Nairobi and Cape Town.
Through its various programs the Boxgirls project supports several thousand girls and women in Germany, South Africa, and Kenya in gaining new experiences as well as physical strength and in improving their social skills. The Assets for Change program in Cape Town expands upon these newly acquired skills and provides financial training to give the girls self-confidence in handling money and to increase the financial independence of women and girls.
The annual BMW Foundation Young Leaders Awards recognizes young leaders who chart new paths and initiate, develop, or support exemplary initiatives for the common good in their professional or private lives. The awards were presented this year for the third time. The official awards ceremony took place during the prestigious Munich Economic Summit with its high-ranking audience.