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Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: ASU’s Public Service Academy

The Public Service Academy develops leaders who know how to collaborate across sectors; who are skilled in forging partnerships among people who are not accustomed to working together; who can communicate to diverse groups; and who embody a spirit of social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

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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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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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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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Run For America: electing the best and brightest to U.S. Congress

What if we could fix politics in the US? What if our political system truly tackled our nation’s toughest problems? What if the best and the brightest viewed running for elected office as a desirable form of public service? Run for America (RFA) is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics and reinvigorate government by recruiting, training, and working to elect a new generation of solutions-oriented leaders ...more »

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One-Kindle-Hundred-Book Library for Schools in Poor Communities

Donate US$170 in China or about US$300 worldwide, you can help a primary school in poor communities to get one Kindle plus 100 paid e-books. A school needs such 10 sets to build a real offline E-Library, which could bring poor kids to new age. Names of donors will appear on the screensaver of the Kindle. Teacher of the school could use Internet to update and change the ebooks based on a selection maintained by top educators ...more »

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Umi Kitchen

A peer to peer food delivery service that opens the kitchens of talented home cooks to eaters who crave home cooking (www.umi.kitchen). Umi is homemade food delivery. We believe a home-cooked meal - made personally, intentionally, and with care - is the best dining experience. Today, people who desire an on-demand, home-cooked meal are unable to get one. Umi changes that. We make it possible for great home cooks to offer ...more »

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Photosynthesis of ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete:’ Exposing Youth To Opportunities

Photosynthesis (noun) pho·to·syn·the·sis: the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. Photosynthesis of the Rose That Grew From Concrete seeks to expose and equip underserved youth with tools vital for success.

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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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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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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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