GameChangers 2019

GameChangers Honoree Awards Ceremony

Enjoy An Uplifting Evening Honoring 10 Individuals Making A Huge Impact In Communities of Color

Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00pm
The Met Philadelphia
858 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
United States

KYW's Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg hosts an evening in which KYW will honor 10 amazing individuals who are making a huge impact on communities of color.
These individuals were nominated by fellow community members (we received over 160 nominations) and then selected by KYW's esteemed panel of judges.

The event will take place at The Met Philly on North Broad Street.  

Guests will enjoy light sandwiches, a cash bar and the opportunity to tour this historic, beautifully restored venue. 

KYW Newsradio is excited to announce this year’s honorees who will be featured on 1060AM and on during the month of February:

  • Carla Clanagan, In His Eyes Outreach - Carla started an inmate mentoring program inside the Montgomery County Jail in 2007. She grew the program to include a gospel choir, visitation/playroom for inmate mothers, and more. By day, Carla runs a safe house for victims of human trafficking.
  • Rueben Jones, Executive Director, Frontline Dads - After spending 15 years in prison, Rueben transformed himself and the community around him. Rueben is a leader of the #CloseTheCreek campaign, which advocated for the successful closure of Philadelphia's House of Correction. He also works on bail reform. 
  • Rasheena Q. Phinisee, Founder, Assiah's Liver Fund - After navigating the process of a liver transplant for her daughter Assiah, Rasheena has become an advocate for organ donation and transplantation.  She's written a book, created a puppet show and speaks round the country on the issue.
  • Tatiana P. Mitchell, Founder, The NoBrakes Organization - Tatiana created a lifestyle brand that raises money for individuals, schools and small business within the urban community. The Camden native is a sexual abuse survivor and a behavioral therapist who helps others find their voice. She is also an advocate for those on the autism spectrum
  • The Block Gives Back - Founded by a diverse group of 20-something "degenerate do-gooders," the non-profit started with neighborhood clean-ups and has grown to include grass roots anti-violence, homeless support and community change initiative.
  • Keon A. Gerow, Pastor, Catylst Church - The pastor of a church, Gerow goes where the people are. The Princeton grad educates his congregation and others on everything from impact of stop and frisk to sexual violence. His church runs a food pantry, provides scholarships and more.
  • Jordan Grabelle - Love Letters for Literacy -  Jordan founded LLL four years ago when she was just 10 years old. The organization promotes literacy among pre-readers by providing at-risk kids with handmade packets filled with alphabet fun, including education games and flashcards. She's sent 1000 packets to 5 states, 3 countries.
  • Dr. Wesley Proctor, Wesley Proctor Ministries - Proctor is known for his work mentoring hundreds of youth. His non-profit has given away roughly $150,000 in book scholarships to college bound students. The Penn grad and Villanova professor has helped ordinary people turn their altruistic work into legitimate non-profits.
  • Gerald Dessus, Social Justice Educator - Gerald designed and teaches a social justice course for 8th graders at Mastery Charter Schools Shoemaker campus.  The program empowers kids to become change makers. 
  • G. Lamar Stewart National Black Police Association (PHL Chapter) - A Philadelphia police officer, Stewart runs the Turning a New Corner program, which brings employers to street corners. He also leads community outreach at barbershops, "Blades, Fades, and Engage."


Listen to KYW Newsradio beginning February 11, 2019 to hear more about this year’s GameChangers, also visit for continued updates. Some of the GameChangers will also be featured on CBS3 Eyewitness News beginning February 12th.

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