Annie Hakim (IR 2011) received the prestigious Niemeyer Award for excellence while at GVSU. As an undergraduate student, she helped to design GVSU’s first service-learning study abroad program. The following year she partnered with Ghanaian college students to create, fundraise for, and manage a clean water and development initiative that has served a village of three hundred for over four years now. After graduation Annie joined Teach for America and for three years taught Freshmen and AP Environmental Science at a title-I high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, she moved back to Michigan and co-founded Pink Bear Productions, a digital media company that specializes in custom web and promotional videos for businesses, start-ups, and non-profit organizations.
Out of 850 applicants, Annie was recently selected to be one of the 33 participants in Challenge Detroit, a fellowship program created to attract and retain young talent in the city. Starting in September 2014, Annie will be designing a high school and college internship program for her host company Recovery Park. To help revitalize Detroit, Recovery Park jump start urban agriculture, fish farming and value-added food production businesses, all of which create jobs for Detroiters with barriers to employment.