Founder of grantee Press Pass Mentors wins Pulitzer

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Earlier this week, the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes were announced. Among the winners is Eli Saslow, a staff writer at The Washington Post who was given the honor “for his unsettling and nuanced reporting on the prevalence of food stamps in post-recession America, forcing readers to grapple with issues of poverty and dependency.”

In addition to his acclaimed work as a writer, Eli is known in the local Washington, DC community as founder of Press Pass Mentors — one of our early grantees. Press Pass Mentors is an 18-month writing intensive and one-on-one mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors from Wards 7 and 8 who want to attend college but need a boost in their writing skills. You can read more about the program and its successes in our previous blog profile.

We’re thrilled that Eli has received a Pulitzer Prize and we continue to be honored to include him and his team in our cadre of grantees. A large part of our mission is to help ordinary people use their passion and professional experience to make a difference in their community. Eli’s success professionally and through Press Pass Mentors is a great reflection of that mission.

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