Hannah Salwen

Hannah Salwen

“We often say that young people must not let themselves be infected by the cynicism of their elders. [At 14] Hannah inoculated her family with the vision to dream a different world and the courage to help create it.”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

While at AGS, Hannah led her family to sell their home, move into one worth half as much and use the difference to help a village in Ghana. She wrote a book with her father about the experience, The Power of Half. She did all of this while remaining a leader at AGS as a member of the Circle of Sisters, co-captain of Varsity volleyball and co-founder of the school’s Hunger Week. Hannah is the recipient of numerous awards including Glamour’s Amazing Young Women for 2010 and serves on the board of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up program. Hannah and The Power of Half have been featured in The New York Times, on CBS Sunday Morning, and in People and Oprah.