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New Hampshire youth recognized by Prudential Emerging Visionaries program

   The Wall Street Journal


Concord student is honored with $5,000 award and invitation to the 2023 summit for her work addressing the challenges of a changing world. 


Riyah Patel, 17, of Concord, New Hampshire, today was named a 2023 Prudential Emerging Visionary for her inspiring commitment to improving the lives of others. 


As one of 25 Prudential Emerging Visionary winners, Riyah will receive a $5,000 award to help take her innovation to the next level. She is also invited to attend an all-expenses-paid trip with her parent or guardian to Prudential's Newark, New Jersey, headquarters for a three-day summit in April where she will receive coaching, skills development and networking opportunities with Prudential employees and other young leaders. 


Prudential Emerging Visionaries recognizes young people ages 14-18 whose fresh perspectives and innovative solutions address pressing financial and societal challenges in their communities. 

New Hampshire's 2023 Prudential Emerging Visionary:

Riyah Patel started "New American Scholars" to close the achievement gap between students who are refugees and their American-born peers by providing academic support and educational resources. Through her initiative, peer tutors help youth who are refugees overcome the unique educational challenges they often face, such as language barriers or new cultural norms. 


After hearing her mother's story about the struggles that came with being an immigrant in America, and seeing how refugee communities were being even further isolated by the pandemic, Riyah decided to start "New American Scholars." Her organization now serves more than 100 students with refugee status in New Hampshire and works with refugee support organizations across the state to implement its educational programming. 


Emerging Visionaries is a collaboration between Prudential Financial and Ashoka, a leading social impact organization, with support from the Financial Health Network, an authority on financial health and longtime partner of The Prudential Foundation. 


During the summit, to be held April 22-25, 2023, five winners will also have the opportunity to present their solutions in a pitch-off, where a grand prize winner will be awarded an additional $10,000 in funding. What's more, Prudential employees will again vote to name an Employees' Choice Award winner, who will receive an additional $5,000. 


The program is an evolution of Prudential's Spirit of Community Awards, which, over 26 years, honored more than 150,000 outstanding youth volunteers. 


To read about all this year's Prudential Emerging Visionaries, visit


About Prudential Financial 

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial wellness leader and premier active global investment manager, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees help to make lives better by creating financial opportunity for more people. Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit


About Ashoka 

Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs -- individuals with new ideas to systemically address the world's biggest challenges and the entrepreneurial skill to transform those ideas into national, regional and global social impact. Over 40 years, Ashoka has supported more than 3,600 social entrepreneurs in 90 countries with solutions addressing society's most pressing issues. Ashoka's vision is a world in which Everyone Is a Changemaker -- a society that responds quickly and effectively to challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem. For more information, visit


Source: Prudential Financial, Inc.