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Kendall Simon Memorial

On July 15, 2014, the world lost Kendall Youngblood Simon.  Kendall lived fully and passionately as light in the world.  She loved deeply and touched those around her.  Her selflessness knew no bounds and she radiated life.  Kendall dedicated herself to alleviating the suffering of others, particularly women and children who are vulnerable.

Kendall was born in San Antonio on July 11, 1985.  She attended Alamo Heights High School and graduated from the University of Mississippi.  Kendall completed her first year of the full-time MBA program at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.  She was a highly motivated, involved and bright student.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Kendall was recognized as a BNY Mellon Corporate Social Responsibility Fellow.  In this program, Kendall worked with Sustainable Pittsburgh to increase regional participation in the Southwestern PA Sustainable Business Compact.  Additionally, Kendall worked with the Phipps Conservatory to develop a materiality analysis, as well as a social responsibility reporting strategy.

Kendall was to serve as President of the Katz Energy Club in the fall of 2014 as Katz’s representative to the Young Professionals in Energy.  She was also to be the Project Manager of the BNY Mellon Katz Invitational Case Competition.  Kendall was an active member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh and also contributed as a Social Media Marketing Intern for the Global Peace Building Foundation.

Kendall was an inspiring young professional who touched the lives of many.  To honor Kendall, her graduate school classmates identified STEM Stars, a collaborative project of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center for economically disadvantaged girls.  This program helps to improve academic achievement, increase interest in STEM topics and careers, and decrease opportunity gaps for these girls.  It provides reading, math and science remediation and enrichment, hands-on project-based STEM activities, life skills development, mentoring, pre-college experiences, and STEM career exploration.

Through your donations to the YWCA Kendall Simon Memorial, we can preserve the spirit of the work Kendall promoted to improve and empower young girls and women.  Below are some illustrations of how your donations will directly make a positive difference in the lives of young girls.

  • $500 provides a girl with 6 months of STEM Stars programming.
  • $250 provides science curriculum supplies for one program site.
  • $100 provides 15 girls with STEM tool kits for project based learning experiences.
  • $50 allows 30 girls to enter a STEM competition.
  • $25 provides a girl with a scientific journal, t-shirt, and a nutritious after-school snack.
Did You Know?

Every $1 invested in pre-k generates $1.79 in local economic activity and returns up to $17 in long-term public savings trhough reduced costs to our schools and society.


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