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As a photojournalist for more than 25 years, Najlah Feanny Hicks traveled the world documenting history. One of only two women to ever hold a Newsweek Magazine photography contract, she photographed the rich and the poor, the powerful and the underserved.
Focusing on breaking news, politics and critical social issues, her images have been published in thousands of magazines and media outlets.
In 2005 she co-founded the non-profit, The Heart Gallery of New Jersey, bringing together some of the most recognized names in photography to photograph foster children longing for forever families. Garnering worldwide press, families were moved to adopt 181 of the children photographed.
ABC World News named Najlah the “Person of the Week” for the Heart Gallery project. The U.S. Congress's adoption caucus named her an “Angel in Adoption” and The Russ Berrie Foundation awarded her first prize for “Making a Difference”, honoring New Jersey's unsung heroes.
In 2009 she created the Do 1 Thing project, where more than 30 Pulitzer-prize winning photographers put a face on teen homelessness, raising awareness and advocating for everyone to Do 1 Thing to help. People Magazine published a four-page spread on the project and more than $100,000 was raised for non-profits helping the homeless.
Her passion to bring together photographers, journalists, editors, designers and artists to put a face on tragic social issues continues through the creation of Design for Social Good. “For much of my career I have documented history. Now I have a chance to help shape it”.
Can GOOD design really change the world? It already has.
Najlah earned her MFA in design and technology from Parsons, The New School for Design and her Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida.
Najlah is married and the mother of Mikey, her 7-year-old son.
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The Heart Gallery of New Jersey, Inc. http://www.heartgallerynj.org Founder and president The Heart Gallery of New Jersey, Inc. is a unique not-for-profit corporation dedicated to raising awareness about foster children available for adoption. Through the volunteer efforts of some of the country's most prestigious photographers, portraits are taken that help capture the individuality and spirit of each foster child who is eligible to be adopted. These photographs are then shared via the web and through gallery exhibits in the hope that potential families will be moved to inquire about adoption.
Do 1 Thing http://www.do1thing.org Founder Do 1 Thing is a collaborative, nation-wide effort among 32 Pulitzer Prize-winners and some of the most recognized names in photography, which raises awareness of homeless teenagers’ plight and encourages individuals to take action to assist them. Do1Thing addresses both social activists as well as people who want to take action but don’t know how to do so. It offer’s everyone the possibility to do just one thing of their choice for homeless teens. It is our intention to give disadvantaged youth visibility within the social context so that can be helped to empower them selves.
The Orphan Foundation of America http://www.orphan.org Creative Consultant Founded in 1981, the Orphan Foundation of America serves thousands of foster teens across the United States. Whether we're providing them with college scholarships, connecting them with mentors and internships, sending them care packages, or testifying before Congress, OFA is a passionate champion of foster youth. Each year 25,000 young people "age out" of the foster care system. We're committed with our partners and sponsors to help foster teens become tomorrow's successful citizens. We're working to maximize support for their post-secondary education goals and mobilizing the community at large to assist them. Our Mission:
* Provide opportunities for America's foster youth to pursue their college and post-secondary education * Highlight the potential of America's foster youth and show the importance of supporting their dreams * Create pathways for citizens, businesses, and civic organizations to assist older foster youth * Raise public awareness of the number and plight of older teens leaving the system * Draw attention to the bureaucratic maze of foster care that youth are forced to navigate through