Project Pay It Forward - Past Event Speakers

Community Events


he very first Project Pay it Forward community event in Manhattan brought together nonprofit organizations, community leaders and educators to support youth paying it forward and raise awareness of social causes and programs making a positive impact in the community.

Amy Mintz

Founder of Project Pay It Forward program to educate and empower the youth.

Dr. Stephen Post

Dr. Post founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and speaks widely on themes of benevolent love and compassionate care at the interface of science, health, spirituality, and philanthropy.

Warrie Price

In her capacity as president of The Battery Conservancy, an organization she founded in 1994, Warrie has built partnerships with city, state, federal agencies.

Paul Hovitz

Paul Hovitz is Co-Chair the Youth and Education Committee and his service to Community Board #1 spans over 22 years and includes creation of seven new schools in the community.

Yume Kitasei

Chief of Staff to the Council Member

Yume Kitasei

Yume Kitasei is the Chief of Staff for Council Member Margaret S. Chin, the elected representative for the 1st Council District (Lower Manhattan).

Lisa Zullig

Lisa Zullig, MS, RD, CSG, CDN is the Director of Nutrition Services at God’s Love We Deliver in New York City, a food and nutrition program for people living with serious illnesses.

Deborah Soffel

Deborah Soffel, personal chef and culinary educator, is the founder of The A,B,Peas of Cooking, and a chef liaison with Wellness in the Schools at PS3 and PS41.

Jared Spafford

Dedicated advocate for food security and sustainability. Culinary Arts Director at Drive Change/Snowday, Meat Hawker at Flying Pigs Farm. Chef, artist, and mentor.

Cheryl Blayblock

Cheryl Blaylock is the Director of Youth Programs for Trees New York. She uses her talents to bring the science of trees to life for young people.

Joyce Kong

Millennium HS Educator and Green Team Advisor, Joyce lead and supported her students in starting the urban farm at Battery Park.

Colin McEvoy

Colin McEvoy has worked at Millennium High School since its founding in 2002, and took the helm at Millennium High School as Principal in 2012.

Meg Maley

On-camera host and correspondent based in NYC.


Green Team and Millennium High School alumna.


Green Team and Millennium High School alumnus.


Green Team Millennium High School alumna.


Green Team and Millennium High School alumna.

Project Pay it Forward Coalition

It takes a team effort to change the world. If your organization believes in and upholds the pay it forward concept, please contact us to be part of our Project Pay it Forward Coalition. Our goal is to collaborate with others so that we can make the strongest impact together. Here are some our affiliates, supporters, strategic alliance partners, and organizations that advocate paying it forward.






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