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Empowering Arab Youth: Financing Education for Employment

The idea tackles access to post-secondary education, with a focus on facilitating employment. A student lending facility executed in conjunction with a vocational and technical education provider would enhance marketable skills for Arab youth. Positive externalities extend well beyond economic gain and into the realm of social progress.

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Generational Poverty: The High Cost for a Comprehensive Solution

Nonprofits exist today that address generational poverty, providing comprehensive services to families and achieving incredible results. However, they do so at high capital cost. This proposal provides an alternative solution, the Life360 model, for a more cost effective solution that can be started-up and scaled in large cities with significantly less capital.

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Chalkbeat's Election Engine

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts and changing the education landscape in the communities where we work. Chalkbeat's Election Engine is an original online tool that empowers voters to make more informed decisions by helping them compare and contrast candidates’ positions on crucial education issues.

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PowerMoves.NOLA: An Idea to Jumpstart the Economy

PowerMoves.NOLA was created address the challenges entrepreneurs of color face when launching, scaling, and charting an exit for their startup ventures. Our mission is to increase the number of venture-backed minority-founded companies, both nationally and in New Orleans. We provide minority entrepreneurs with the access to capital, advisors, and the support they need to be successful. Through our boot camps and power ...more »

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Boosting Capacity of Civic and Community Leaders to Advance Racial Equity in Place

What would happen if 200 communities throughout the U.S. successfully improved outcomes for a population around 6 developmental milestones? That’s exactly what My Brother’s Keeper is attempting to do. However, advancing equity at this scale will require more than tackling these milestones; to be successful, we have to shift cultural perceptions.

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CrossBoundary Energy: unlocking Commercial & Industrial solar in Africa

Power in Africa is expensive and unreliable. Solar is a cheaper alternative, yet is inaccessible due to upfront cost and perceived risk. We remove both barriers by providing installers with financed Power Purchase Agreements to offer clients—unlocking clean energy-as-service for African enterprise.

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The 90%: A Scalable Pilot to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed in Math

About 90% of Chicago City Colleges students need remedial math. This contributes significantly to a graduation rate of 11%, and to many graduates opting for less rigorous majors. Personalized learning fueled by technology has the promise to provide accessible, affordable, shame-free, remediation.

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Mobile Justice: Using Mobile Technology to Support Justice Systems

Stopping violence and increasing rule of law is essential to the democratic process. An inefficient justice process further debilitates victims of crimes, undermining democracy. Adapting existing mobile platforms can improve efficiency to a court system through coordination and increased awareness.

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