Photo from Bard College
Julia is the daughter of Brian
and Heather McCarron Tinneny of Chalfont, Pennsylvania and a member
of the 2018 class at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
where she is majoring in global and international studies. In May
2016 she was awarded a prestigious Davis Projects for Peace Prize.
Her project, called Jappal translates to Hold On. For project
$10,000 prize will support a two-year course that focuses on
education and skill building for poor women living in the rural
community of Sandiara in Senegal, Africa. The Summer of 2016, Julia
will continue her work in Senegal promoting the economic empowerment
for women by further implementing training programs for them in
tailoring, artisan skills, and the production of sellable goods.
Developing economic independence is expected to help them break the
cycle of poverty leading to domestic servitude or marriage far from
their home village. The Projects for Peace Prize was created
by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist.
stranger to Senegal, Julia spent August 2013 - April 2014 with the
Ndiaye family in Sandiara. She and her family raised money to
purchase sewing machines, furnishings and equipment for a sewing
class project for unskilled teenagers and young women in the area.
She also learned to speak Wolof the predominant African language in
Senegal. She spent the summer of 2015 in Sandiara formalizing the
sewing program, hireing teachers, writeing curriculum and recruiting
Julia is the great-great-great
granddaughter of Patrick “Yankee Pat” Tinneny of Goladuff,
Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; Greenock,
Scotland and Philadelphia.