Estella Sanchez, founder and Executive Director of Sol Collective, just won a national contest for Siempre Mujer Latina Magazine called “Women who inspire”. Estella was nominated along with dozens of women doing wonderful work in their community all over America and was selected as one of five finalists last month. In order to win each finalist had to rally support via Facebook to receive the most votes and win the $10,000 grand prize. After an intense Facebook campaign Estella/Sol Collective won with 44% of the votes!
After being notified of her win Estella had this to say, “I feel really humbled I won. All of the finalist are doing amazing work in their communities. I’m really grateful that so many people were spreading the word on Facebook and getting excited during the contest! More than anything, the Sol Collective crew feels good that our community supports and values what we do. It’s a great way to start a new year!”
Sol Collective plans to use the prize money to launch a new music program for youth including music production classes and a music series, possibly even a label. Formerly the program had no funding source, so early on they decided that if they won the prize money, it would be used to launch a much-needed program. Sol’s music program will include the creation of a studio and a development program for young artists.
If there is one thing Sol has learned to do its squeezing every bit of value out of their resources, so they are excited to see how much they can squeeze out of this very exciting prize!
Founded in 2003, Sol Collective has been using art, education and technology to reach youth and empower communities for 10 years. Their programs include mentorship programs, cultural events, youth education and anti-recidivism programs, art series and community forums. Sol Collective is part of the inaugural class of Flywheel, Sacramento’s first business incubator for artists.