Sara Stein is an individual who has initiated, designed and implemented a unique service project that brought about significant change in our community. We are very excited to announce that we will be honoring Sara on April 14, 2015 at the GOBY Awards as the recipient for the Outstanding Service Project Leader Award!

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As President and a founding member of Capital Region CANStruction, Sara leads the volunteer efforts that bring much needed resources and publicity to hunger in our local community. She has made and continues to make a significant contribution to The Food Pantries for the Capital District, our 52 local food pantries, and the approximately 45/000 people struggling with hunger who visit food pantries for emergency food assistance each year.

Sara serves as a valuable role model, and as inspiration, to a future generation of volunteers and philanthropists by being dedicated to volunteerism and by leading efforts that make a large impact on lives in the Capital Region. Inspiring students to get involved in CANstruction efforts, Sara has worked to engage schools – primary, secondary,and colleges – to be involved in the CANstuction event through projects such as: coloring contests for young students which were then on display at the CANstruction event and holding family fun days during the CANstruction exhibit at the museum, to inviting high school students to hold food drives and engaging teams of and college students to make actual structures for the exhibit. In 2014 RPI’s CANstruction team placed 2 in the International People’s Choice competition for structure design. Under Sara’s leadership CANstruction has become the largest “food and fund drive” for The Food Pantries for the Capital District bringing important resources to those in need.

Sara Stein has more than 10 years of experience as an architect focusing on college and university student life. She has a passion for designs that blur the traditional boundaries between academic and residential life programs to foster a successful collegiate experience. Sara is actively involved in leading EYP/s research on behavioral responsesto Live-Learn environments. The analysis of these results are advancing EYP expertise and guiding the design of exceptional spaces that support student intellectual, personal, and social development. Sara shares her expertise in Student Life through presentations at conferences including Traditional Building, No Name, and ACUHO, as well as guest lectures at colleges.

Based in Albany, New York, The Stakeholders is a not-for-profit organization that inspires and equips people to take positive action in their communities. Stakeholders, Inc. is a New York State Regional Volunteer Center for an eight-county region, as well as an affiliate of the National Points of Light Institute.

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