More than 150 Echoing Green Fellows gathered in Joburg for the 2015 All Fellows Conference to refine and re-energize their leadership. Here's what we learned.
Resolve to Finish Your 2013 Fellowship Application by January 7th
This is the final weekend to work on applications for the 2013 Echoing Green and Black Male Achievement Fellowships. Your New Year's Resolution to start using that gym membership, or to spend more time with your family, will just have to wait a few more days. Unless, of course, you turn that resolution into your Bold Idea, in which case getting the application in might just be a way of making yourself stick to it.
Here are ten classic New Year's resolutions, and Fellows who have really taken them to heart:
1. Get healthy
Touré McCluskey (EG '12) OkCopay, Inc: Empower patients to find affordable medical care with a search engine that compares procedure providers, location, and cost.
2. Find a new job
Sara Horowitz (EG '96) Working Today / Freelancers Union: Help independent workers access key protections such as health insurance and other benefits by building links with professional associations, membership- and community-based organizations, unions and companies.
3. Go back to school
Mark Hecker (EG '11) Reach Incorporated: “Flip the script” on traditional literacy programs by hiring and training struggling high-school students to tutor younger children, improving educational outcomes for both groups.
4. See more art
Rise Wilson (EG '04) Laundromat Project: Create personal and social transformation by using the space in coin-operated laundromats in communities of color as places to create and display art.
5. Eat better
Winstone Edward Odhiambo (EG '12) Healthy Food Systems: Nourish 500 million women and children in Africa using an innovative technology that fortifies staple flours with micronutrients at the local mill level.
6. Do more for the environment
Markese Bryant & John Jordan (BMA '12) Fight for Light: Transform communities by empowering local black college students to be environmental leaders by providing access to sustainable energy and urban agriculture practices.
7. Meet someone special
Lawrence Miller & Bethany Robertson (EG '02) I Do Foundation: Inspire engaged couples to unite the joy and wealth of wedding celebrations with effective nonprofit organizations.
8. Bike to work
Jodie Wu (EG '10) Global Cycle Solutions: Transform the bicycle into a vehicle for income-generation and innovation for the 500 million smallholder farmers around the world earning less than one dollar per day.
9. Play more sports
Marquis Taylor (BMA '12) Coaching For Change: Empower urban teens to overcome social and structural barriers with a sports coaching-based entrepreneurship and leadership program.
10. Get organized
Benjamin Cokelet (EG '10) P.O.D.E.R.: Develop civil society stakeholders in Latin America as corporate accountability guarantors by effectively utilizing business intelligence, transparency technology, and grassroots organizing.
Don't wait another day to get started. Click here to begin your application, and don’t forget to take advantage of our great applicant resources, including interviews with current Fellows about the challenges and opportunities facing women, Latino, and African American social entrepreneurs.
Photo: Rise Wilson of the Laundromat Project
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