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How We Started 

From Peace Building to the Innovation Lab

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Newgen Peacebuilders

Project Conception

In September of 2017 we participated in the first ever Charlottesville chapter of the NewGeneration Peacebuilder program together.


Tom Tom Founders Festival Youth Summit

Winning the Social Innovation Challenge

In the Spring of 2018, we pitched our project to a panel of judges at Charlottesville's Tom Tom Founders Festival, and were granted admission to this Summer's Business Incubator program with the iLab in UVA's Darden School of Business.


Innovation Lab at the Darden school of Business 


For the summer of 2018 we are participating in the iLab 10-week Incubator Program through the Darden School of Business at UVA.


Emma Hitchcock


Zadie Lacy


Max is in his Junior Year at Monticello High School. He is creative and compassionate and is always a positive force on the team. He is an avid hockey player and is also involved with his school's Key Club. In the rink or at a workshop, Max always brings his best.

A recent high-school graduate, Emma is off to University of Virginia in the fall. She has been passionately working on her own art for as long as she can remember, as well as advocating for social justice. After participating in the New Generation Peacebuilders program, Emma discovered a love for helping those in need through art. She is a winner of the Youth Social Innovation Pitch at the Tom Tom Founders Festival and a member of the 2018 Summer iLab Incubator Program at UVA.

Elise Rebellato 

Creative Director

A rising freshman at the University of Mary Washington, Zadie is creative and compassionate. She has been an active leader in her school, being the president of her high school's Beekeeping and Aquaponics club, as well as being the resident editor and chief of the literary and arts magazine, Prisms. Zadie participated in the New Generation Peacebuilders program where she and co-founder Emma Hitchcock began Art for the Heart. Zadie is a winner of the Youth Social Innovation Pitch at the Tom Tom Founders Festival and a member of the 2018 Summer iLab at UVA.

Max Beers

Creative Director

Elise is a  current Junior at Monticello High School. She helped shape the idea for Art for the Heart in the New Generation Peacebuilders Program. She is very involved in Key Club and is a NewGen ambassador at Monticello. Elise's big heart and strong work ethic are essential for our team. 

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