Griffen was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is currently a student at Tufts University majoring in Political Science. Steadfast in his commitment to social justice, in early 2016, Griffen founded We Are Able in tribute to his father, Brad Saul, who passed away in December, 2015 after losing a life Long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. We Are Able is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and promoting empathy and acceptance for people with disabilities while educating the public on proper disability etiquette. In addition, We Are Able is striving to empower young people to take change-making into their own hands.
An accomplished motivational speaker, Griffen was chosen to address 15,000 youth at the 2016 We Day Illinois, was named the 2017 We Day Illinois youth Co-Chair, and was featured as part of Allstate's Good Starts Young campaign at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Since the inception of We Are Able’s success, Griffen has had the opportunity to be a Peer Advisor for the Obama Foundation Boston Training Day, a summer intern for Organizing For Action, a lead organizer for an affordable housing organization on Somerville, MA, and an intern for the Pete For America Campaign.
Griffen has received numerous awards and nominations in eluding being named a Newman Civic Fellow, a Tisch Scholar, an American Red Cross Community impact nominee, receiving the Young Leadership Award of Light, and selected to be on the steering committee for Boston401 legacy program.
Griffen is passionate in his belief that we are all able to be the change we want to see in the world.
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