The J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize is a grant that supports the country’s most promising social entrepreneurs – people working to solve society’s most urgent challenges from prosthetics for kids to jobs and education for unemployed coal miners. The J.M. Kaplan Fund selected ten outstanding awardees who will receive multi-year support for their visionary ideas. The winners are selected from a pool of more than one thousand applications from every corner of the country
In 2016, J.M. Kaplan asked Weintraub Communications and Silverbee to help spread the word about the winners and their work. We worked with all ten winners including Reclaim Appalachia founder Brandon Dennison whose work and award were featured in local West Virginia and national media. Reclaim Appalachia addresses the interconnected economic, cultural, and environmental distress of West Virginia’s collapsing coal economy. Reclaim Appalachia’s mission is to hire unemployed young adults to rehabilitate formerly industrial and other derelict buildings as affordable housing and cultural anchors, while at the same time offering community college credits and life-skills training.