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iAmagine: Using personal stories as catalysts for social and political change

Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Tamir Rice. We know these names because of their untimely deaths, but we don’t know them. iAmagine allows black men and boys to share their personal stories with the world to promote tolerance and combat the stereotypes that cast them as dangers to society.

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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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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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Helping Students Discover our Shared Human Values through education and online intera

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Every 3rd grade student across the world takes a course to discover our shared human fate

 

A best-in-class Universal Values Curriculum

 

We lobby the UN & incentivize governments to adopt the program w/free resources to participating schools

 

Each week students from Pakistan to Palestine, from India to Indiana build a community online

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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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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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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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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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“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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No Lose Lottery for Solving the Last Mile Challenge of Solar Lamp Distribution

For over a decade “No Lose Lotteries” have encouraged poor Americans to adopt better saving habits. This same strategy can reduce the consumer cost and increase purchases of solar lamps in the developing world which will improve livelihoods and health while preserving the environment.

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