ILS Senior Emiliana Hellebrand Recognized for Mask Design



Last week, senior Emiliana Hellebrand was recognized by Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez, an ILS alumni class of 1995, as well as Elena Dolinski, the founder of Ukandoit Global, for her innovative and inclusive COVID-19 mask design. Hellebrand designed the mask as part of ILS’s Design Honors Steam Portfolio class.

Ukandoit Global is a high impact social innovation initiative to keep the local population protected by providing free face masks to the communities, with a specific focus on those most in need in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. This organization seeks to boost the local economy by empowering people to get involved, learn new skills, work from home sewing face masks to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Hellebrand’s design won first place out of more than 100 designs thanks to her focus on solidarity. Ukandoit Global sponsored this mask design competition as part of an effort to involve community hands in the effort to help those dealing with COVID-19 and to make a difference during this pandemic.

“Emi’s design won first place overall! I’m super happy for her because this year her designs have been placed on masks and a bag for two separate organizations,” said Ms. Elena Capablanca, the teacher for ILS’s Design Honors Steam Portfolio class.

Hellebrand won an honor earlier this year when her design for the “Alimenta la Solidaridad” challenge took first place as well. In that competition, students had to design a bag for the Alimenta la Solidaridad organization following their specifications. This non-profit helps malnutrition children in Venezuela.

For the Ukandoit Global challenge, students submitted an original Face Mask’s Design for a chance to earn 40 community service hours and be recognized by the foundation. As part of the Design Honors class, Mrs. Capablanca pushes her students to enter competitions like this one.

“This one specifically was popular because they were also awarded service hours by the organization, so it counted as an assignment for me and service hours thru our mobile serve app,” said Ms. Capablanca. “Many students entered this specific competition of designing a mask according to the theme presented on the organizations website.”

Hellebrand and her award-winning design are currently seeking partnerships with local establishments in order to mass produce her masks as a way to fundraise for various causes.

Contact Ms. Capablanca at if you are able to collaborate with Hellebrand and Ukandoit Global to make this dream a reality!