18 year old concert violinist, Yale freshman, and graduate of Juilliard Pre-college, has received international acclaim for his musical artistry (winner of the 2009 Artist Ascending Award, composer of Elah & The Moon—screened at Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals), his contributions to MS-focused research (INTEL-ISEF winner, 2009 Neuroscience Research Prize winner, Teva Neuroscience Research Grant winner), and his humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors as founder and director of Children Helping Children, an international musical charity organization that raises funds through Concerts for a Cure for cutting edge neurological research, pediatric hospital divisions, and international medical organizations targeting the eradication of neurological disease. To date, Urbach has raised over $4.6 million to fight neurological disease. Urbach has been the headline performer at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, The Meadowlands, The Tilles Center, From the Top, and at major concert halls across the country; and has been reviewed and acclaimed by The New York Observer, The New York Post, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, numerous national newspapers and WQXR’s eminent classical radio Host Robert Sherman of the Young Artist Showcase as “the one to watch for the future…a persuasive and brilliant performer.” Urbach is a 2009 National Coca Cola Scholar, National winner of the AXA Achievement Scholarship, Nestle Very Best in Youth Winner, National Prudential Spirit of Community Scholarship winner, and National Caring Award winner. Urbach’s present initiative is the International Coalition of College Philanthropists, formed to celebrate and encourage humanitarian leadership among college students by creating an elite Honor Society for Philanthropy, as an analogue to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, on the finest college campuses in America. “Having witnessed the successful humanitarian and fundraising synergy between music and medicine through my first organization, Children Helping Children, I now believe that young artists, social conscience raisers, and entrepreneurial philanthropists can have even greater success in making concrete changes for good in this world when strategically linked through the greatest collegiate institutions of our country via the newly founded International Coalition of College Philanthropists,” says Urbach. “If you want to see positive change in this world, watch this collegiate coalition as they JOIN THE EVOLUTION and Discover their Power in Social Action.”
Thanks to my extensive background in organizing and directing social and community movements I have the unique opportunity and privilege through the ICCP to provide a channel for youth to impact society on a national and international scale. The ICCP has revolutionized youth social action by being the first organization to unite colleges throughout the nation for philanthropy in areas of: fundraising for medical research and medical not-for-profit organizations, global environmental initiatives, and literacy. As the Director of Programming for the ICCP, I am very excited to be a part of this movement by organizing nation-wide events and fundraisers, and gathering support. My previous experiences in community action have included: helping to direct a ‘Bikes for Africa’ coalition that garnered and refurbished 1,200 used bikes around the community that were sent to the civilians of Ghana; organizing fundraisers for student scholarships; leading campaigns to pass the bottle bill in my home state of New York, that after decades provided deposit refunds for water bottles; and fundraising through the arts.
I am currently a freshman at Harvard University. During high school, I tutored students from grades K-8 and organized summer reading programs at the local library, because I have always been an advocate for literacy. I am honored to be an executive in the ICCP to link the young leaders of our nation’s major universities in promotion of college philanthropy across the United States and around the world.
Jordan Meltzer is currently a junior attending Cornell University pursuing a major in Applied Economics and Management with a specialization in Finance, and a second major in Information Science. While in college, he has had various internships such as working in the Viacom Corporate and MTV Networks Internship Program in the Department of Global Digital Media. As Webmaster of ICCP Board of Governors, Jordan will be the information liaison in keeping the website up to date and currently apprised of all social and fundraising endeavors taking place. Jordan is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this great organization because he understands the importance of humanitarian leadership and philanthropy through the power of social action. As the President of the Cornell University Chapter and Webmaster of ICCP Board of Governors, Jordan plans to dedicate his time and resources to heightening the awareness of the collegiate population and furthering the cause of ICCP.
Giaynel Cordero-Taveras is currently attending Harvard University pursuing a pre-medical concentration with a major in neurobiology and a minor in French. Giaynel has attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine held in Boston and has volunteered overseas in the Dominican Republic at the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital in Santo Domingo. She has also volunteered in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit at Stony Brook Medical Center. She was the founder of the Robotics Club at the Academy of Saint Joseph and initiated a connection between the group and the women engineers at the Motorola Company. She is the recipient of the Children's Music Scholarship Fund and the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship. Giaynel believes that philanthropy is the heart’s desire to improve society and that philanthropy is the greatest gift from humanity. Having a national executive position in the ICCP allows her to become an active leader in philanthropy through a wide range of initiatives each with a common goal.
My name is Taylor Peake, and I am a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, having graduated a semester early from high school, and finished two semesters of college credit during that time. I am majoring in Accounting, Pre-Law and Information Systems, and will pursue a graduate degree in Information Systems before continuing to law school. I have always been an advocate of service learning, and currently serve as the secretary of the State Farm Southern Zone Youth Advisory Board. On this board, we pick grant recipients for large-scale service learning projects across our region. In the past, I've also been a coordinator of a Katrina relief organization and member of Student Council. My background in charitable and service endeavors has given me the vision and strength I need to hold a Board of Governors position on the International Coalition of College Philanthropy-a novel philanthropic organization that will link our nation's colleges towards a new, collective vision of philanthropy and service.
While in middle school, Daniel Kent founded Net Literacy, a digital inclusion nonprofit that has increased computer access to over 130,000 individuals. Since 2003, teams of student volunteers have dedicated hundreds of thousands of hours of community service working to reduce the digital divide. The organization has been honored by our nation’s leadership, including our country’s last two Presidents. A rising Junior at Haverford College, Daniel has served on numerous national boards, including at America’s Promise, Do Something, the US Public Service Academy, and the International Coalition of College Philanthropists. While in college, his internships have ranged from working with an attorney helping homeowners who were taken advantage of in the subprime mortgage meltdown to serving as a White House Intern. Daniel is a recipient of the Caring Institute’s National Kindness Award, a National BRICK honoree, a Jefferson Award for Public Service honoree, a National Prudential Spirit of the Community honoree, and has been twice awarded the National Daily “Points of Light” award.