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Sofia Gardenswartz

2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow Sofia Gardenswartz
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Sofia Gardenswartz, 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow

Sofia Gardenswartz is a senior at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California, where she can often be found on a surfboard in the Pacific. When she's not engaged in her passion of creative writing, she runs Serving Spoons, a nonprofit organization which delivers healthy, home-cooked meals to families in need. Sofia is a company member of ImpACT on Stage, an organization which uses live performance to spark discussions in schools about bullying, inclusion, and social justice issues. She's an ultimate frisbee player, an avid reader of The Atlantic, and a caretaker of a Border Collie named Theo.

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Sofia Gardenswartz in "Serving Spoons" Apron


I am the President of a nonprofit, Serving Spoons, that prepares and delivers healthy, home-cooked meals to families in need. I accepted this leadership position nearly five years ago, and though I expected to encounter challenges due to my age, I felt confident I could convince the other industry professionals to take me seriously if I demonstrated maturity, responsibility, and commitment to my organization. Yet one of the greatest challenges, as I soon discovered, wasn’t my mere fourteen years, but rather my identity as a female.

Topics: Food, Volunteers
Sofia Gardenswartz with Friend Diana

Dialogue with Diana

October 2016 was a difficult month. It was the month that Donald Trump started to become a truly scary candidate to me. It was also the month in which my family lost one of our beloved dogs to cancer. Amidst all this, my family was hosting a Chinese exchange student, Diana, in our home for a couple weeks. She was incredibly supportive and understanding as my family grappled with these tumultuous events.

Rising Voices Fellow Sofia Gardenswartz Reading Grace Paley

Paley’s Power on the Daily

Last year, my AP English class read the short prose poem “Mother” by Grace Paley. What struck me the most was its mundane nature. This is a characteristic of nearly all of Paley’s work; she wrote in detail about the daily lives of women—a topic that, when she was writing in the 1940’s, was viewed as tangential to the “real” work of male authors writing bestsellers like The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) or The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton). 

Topics: Schools, Poetry
Stock Image of Pasta Dish

Food for Thought

I love food. I don’t think that’s (in fact, I really hope it’s not) a divisive statement. But I’m not only a proud foodie, I’m also an avid chef. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sofia Gardenswartz." (Viewed on March 19, 2018) <>.


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