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A model and scalable post-secondary access and training partnership.

In 2015, Colorado Mountain College will launch an innovative Career Academy for students to receive a college certificate while in HS. In rural Western CO, providing alternative education options is essential for youth and the economy. This pilot is scalable to the College’s 11 campuses and beyond.

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Gangsta Geeks: Empowering Urban Youth with Robotics

Urban street culture encourages inner city youth to be either gangsters, ballers, or rappers. Instead, they should be getting into tech -- becoming "gangsta geeks." I want to start robotics programs for underserved minority youth. Why bring robotics to the hood? Because it teaches coding, design, engineering, manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship to students who are disenfranchised from the tech jobs that drive ...more »

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Educating Kids & Creating Heroes for Science: The Explorer At Large Clubhouse

Explorer At Large Clubhouse is the brainchild of explorer, educator and television host Josh Bernstein, who has recruited the very best science institutions, early educators, curriculum developers, STEAM researchers, evaluative testers, science museums, nature museums, television stations, and animators to create a television series, games, apps, teaching kits, and more to help 'raise the bar' for science education in ...more »

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Bringing Up Girls: Empowering the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders

Bringing Up Girls addresses the need for leadership development among adolescent girls by empowering them to become the next generation of sustainability leaders through mentorship, education and the execution of successful girl-led community service projects.

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On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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The End of Isolation: Let Cuba's Youth Access US Education and Professional Training

In 2008 I went to an international film festival in Havana. I learned that some Cubans had taken 2 weeks off from work, half of their yearly allowance, to see as many movies as possible. Some of them had no hope of traveling abroad. Sitting in a dark theater and watching a film set in another country was their only chance to see the world. The thaw in US-Cuba relations will help relieve Cuba's profound isolation. But ...more »

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Portal Rico: Leveraging the power of the global Puerto Rican diaspora

Portal Rico is website that agglomerates all available crowdfunding opportunities in Puerto Rico, regardless of the crowdfunding platform. Think of it as Kayak for crowdfunding. This website would better connect Puerto Rico’s diaspora populations to social entrepreneurship opportunities at home. The website model could potentially be scaled to benefit other countries and their respective diaspora populations.

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Beautiful Mathematics for All Students: The Power of Opening Math

I have spent the last year showing teachers how to open math tasks, with amazing results. The ideas have gone to over 200,000 math teachers and the students report a huge impact. They say that they now feel "open" and "free" and that they believe in their potential. I would like to create a new website "openingmath.com". it would be simple and clean, teachers would enter their math topic they are teaching and receive ...more »

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Inspiring Inglewood: Developing Literacy In Underserved Los Angeles Middle Schools

Writopia Lab is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens through creative writing. The Ideas Award would allow Writopia L.A. to provide once-a-week creative writing workshops for 30 underserved middle school students in Inglewood, CA, throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Our open, safe, and nurturing space would provide at-risk youth ...more »

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“Positive Deviance” and immunization coverage in developing countries.

“Positive Deviance” is a corollary of the maxim “teaching a man to fish….” It is a method of “fishing” for novel ideas hidden all around us. Its use led to 4000 vaccinators equipped with Android phones overcoming the seemingly impossible problems of immunization coverage in developing countries.

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Urgent Beauty Squad

The Urgent Beauty Squad organizes local Los Angeles artistic and production resources and applies them to the inequality of access to beautiful environments in public space. As these aesthetic interventions are documented and distributed via media, money from the licensing and sale of the outputs of these interventions stick to local talent and develop the local economy. The Urgent Beauty Squad is a concrete expression ...more »

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Building the national will to expand opportunity in America

The debate over police shootings in Baltimore, Ferguson and NYC makes clear that we too often talk past each other on matters of racial equity. Drawing on research & experience, we plan to train hundreds of non-profit, public & private sector leaders to promote greater & more equal opportunity.

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