CHICAGO – The Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) announced a $1 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The grant will endow HALC’s Leadership 2030 Fellowship Program, in honor of the late Nikos Mouyiaris. The program will be renamed the Nikos Mouyiaris Leadership 2030 Fellowship Program, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Nikos Mouyiaris Leadership 2030 Fellowship Program is an intensive two-year fellowship program in which young Hellenes have an opportunity to dramatically improve their knowledge and skill base, receive mentorship to further their personal development and civic engagement, and begin exercising leadership now.
“Nikos Mouyiaris deeply believed that the biggest challenges both Hellenism and humanity face can be solved with better leadership,” said Endy Zemenides, Executive Director of HALC. “Nikos founded HALC with the express purpose of cultivating such leadership. It is our honor to continue this mission in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the gold standard among foundations in the Hellenic world.”
“The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is proud to honor the legacy of Nikos Mouyiaris for his extraordinary contributions to Hellenism and to the Greek-American community in particular. Nikos understood better than most the fact that the Greek-American community has reached a critical inflection point, and he truly believed in the ability of its youth, empowered by the proper preparation, to chart its trajectory from here,” said Andreas Dracopoulos, SNF Co-President. “The real tribute to his legacy, consequently, will be all that these young leaders achieve and all the good they do in the years and decades to come.”
“Our initial class of 2030 Fellows – based in Chicago – has exceeded all expectations,” according to Georgia Logothetis, HALC Managing Director and Director of the Nikos Mouyiaris Leadership 2030 Fellowship Program. “They have both learned and led. Our community’s political advocacy, public education, and networking infrastructure is already stronger because of their energy and leadership. We are excited to welcome the new class based in New York.”
The biographies of the Nikos Mouyiaris Leadership 2030 Fellows and more information on the program can be found at www.hellenicleaders.com/2030.
The Hellenic American Leadership Council is a nationwide network composed of tens of thousands of Hellenes and Philhellenes. HALC cultivates the next generation of Greek American leaders by engaging in a national citizen education effort and leadership training curriculum and is committed to civic activism on issues of concern to the Hellenic American community and on issues of democracy and human rights in the United States and abroad. Learn more at hellenicleaders.com and follow @HellenicLeaders for updates.
About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $2.8 billion through more than 4,400 grants to nonprofit organizations in 124 nations around the world.
The SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.