“My decision to pursue a major in public policy arises from my work in leading EYEsee, an international health mission that I founded while in high school. My involvement in EYEsee during the last three years has inculcated in me a deep interest in efforts that lift people from their poverty. I intend to expand on this work and evolve it into my life’s work as a social entrepreneur. The AWIB award recognizes EYEsee’s work and mission and what a community of supporters can accomplish together in the fight against global poverty.”
– Janice Guzon, Class of 2014
Janice Guzon is a sophomore at the University of Chicago where she plans to major in public policy. She is the president and founder of EYEsee, an international health mission that collects eyeglasses in the US for distribution to third world countries.
A young idealist with an ardent desire to fight poverty, Janice started this organization while she was still in high school. She developed EYEsee’s mission statement, built the website, organized a board of advisors, recruited overseas medical mission partners and solicited volunteers. Over the last three years, EYEsee has distributed over 24,000 recycled eyeglasses to the poor in Haiti, Honduras, Venezuela, Cambodia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Philippines, Congo and Uganda.
Janice’s other leadership activities include her role as an American Delegate to the 2011 Global Engagement Summit at Northwestern University and as a youth board advisor to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership by the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Janice is a 2010 Coca-Cola National Scholar and a recipient of the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community award for “Top Illinois High School Volunteer.”