(@egreen)

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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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(@annasquireslevine)

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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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(@immcdonal)

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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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(@hamed0)

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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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(@mariela.martinez)

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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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(@jeanine.plantchirlin)

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The Case for Modernizing Voter Registration

Recall the long lines at the polls in 2012? For the 2014 midterms, the nation faced a different challenge: the worst turnout in more than 70 years, with just 36.3 percent of eligible Americans voting. On the one hand, we have an electorate increasingly frustrated by partisan, polarized politics, a gridlocked Congress, and an election season dominated by special interests. On the other hand, for those who still want ...more »

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(@daniel)

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

Imagine:

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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(@kellitaylor)

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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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(@julieannburandt)

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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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(@jessica.eldridge)

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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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(@matt.tilleard)

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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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(@tedlouislevinson)

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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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(@nmc000)

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Walker's Legacy: Equipping Diverse Women For Entrepreneurship and Beyond

Studies have shown that women of color represent the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the country and represent the largest share of the $2.5 billion dollar collective spend of African American and Hispanic communities. Despite these findings, women of color still earn less than all their non-minority female counterparts, $0.64 and $0.58, disproportionally suffer from fewer funding dollars and more difficulty ...more »

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