2017 B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Collaboration of the Year, Dr. Justin Ballenger, Mercer University
I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. is delighted to announce the launch of the annual Collaboration Award! In its inaugural year, the B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Collaboration Award recognizes the manner in which the recipient successfully worked with I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L., Inc. to plan, organize and deliver an exceptional learning experience in service of our mission to empower girls and women around the world to live B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. lives.
In this award’s inaugural year, I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. has chosen to recognize Dr. Justin Ballenger, Professor of STEM Education Tift College, Mercer University for his outstanding collaborative efforts with I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.. Dr. Ballenger’s passion for creating engaging youth programs drove an enriching engagement for the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy Program where a workshop was hosted at Mercer University Atlanta Campus on September 22. Students from the Ivory Coast participated in a day long I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. course and even got to play a game of futbol on Mercer University’s soccer field.
In addition to the wonderful event for the U.S. Department of State Sports Diplomacy, Dr. Ballenger’s passion for STEM education has helped grow multiple youth serving organizations across the state of Georgia to foster collaboration and shared resources. He is also collaborating on an international STEM education project in the Dominican Republic, where the students will focus on creating sustainable aquaculture systems that will serve their local communities.
I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. looks forward to continued collaboration with Dr. Ballenger focusing on creating even more amazing STEM focused programs in the future!
Join us in celebrating Dr. Ballenger’s investment in the next generation at our annual Pink & Black Ball!