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July 19, 2017

Social Impact Headlines: July 2017

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include Fellows on NBC News, Forbes, Glamour, and Fast Company.

Food Forward: Making Kelp the New Kale

NBC Nightly News | July 10, 2017
Bren Smith '14, co-founder of Green Wave, explains how important kelp will be in combating the effects of climate change in the ocean.

Who Are the American Express NGen Leadership Award Finalists?

Independent Sector| July 10, 2017
Laura Weidman Powers '13, co-founder of Code2040, and Blair Glencorse '14, founder of Accountability Lab are finalists for the American Express NGen Leadership Award.

How One Millennial's Zip Code Dictated His Destiny

Forbes | July 9, 2017
Karim Abouelnaga '13, founder of Practice Makes Perfect, interviews Oluwatoyin Ayanfodun '15 on launching Tomorrow's Leaders NYC.

How the Man Behind This Food Truck Is Helping Previously Incarcerated Find New Careers

NBC News | July 8, 2017
Drive Change, founded by Jordyn Lexton '15 and JustLeadershipUSA, founded by Glenn Martin '14, are spotlighted in a NBC News feature for their programs and opportunities for young adults returning home from prison.

Nonprofit, Library for All, provides free digital bookstore to kids in developing countries

PIX11 | July 7, 2017
Tanyella Evans '14, co-founder of Library For All, is working to make knowledge accessible to all—especially the 250 million children worldwide who lack access to books and basic education.

How Negative Media Portrayals Impact Millennials Of Color

Forbes | July 6, 2017
Tony Weaver '16, founder of Weird Enough Productions, illustrates the fear millennials of color face as a result of inaccurate and harmful media portrayals. 

Scientists and Activists Use Data to Give a Platform to People of Color

VICE | July 5, 2017
Yeshimabeit Milner '17 and Lucas Mason-Brown '17, co-founders of Data For Black Lives (D4BL) compile facts and figures to try to make sense of black people's individual and collective experiences as an act of social and political resistance.

The Fight Against Trump's Travel Ban Is Headed to the Supreme Court—And Becca Heller Is the Woman Leading the Charge

Glamour | June 15, 2017
Becca Heller '10 and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) are challenging the Muslim Travel Ban and protecting the rights of refugees.

These Indian Entrepreneurs Upcycle Leftover Religious Flowers Into Useful Products

Fast Company | June 15, 2017
Ankit Agarwal '17 and Helpusgreen are taking the 800 million tons of flowers used annually in India and making them into incense and soap.

Oakland Incubator Is Keeping Tabs on City’s Promises About Equity and Legal Cannabis

Next City | June 14, 2017
Ebele Ifedigbo '17 and The Hood Incubator are battling the economic injustices black communities face by providing opportunities in the legal cannabis industry.

A New Way To Insulate Your House: Chicken Feathers

Fast Company | June 12, 2017
Elena Dieckmann '17 and Ryan Robinson '17, founders of AEROPOWDER, upcycle chicken feather waste to reduce the effects of climate change and provide durable insulation for buildings. 

Ankit Agarwal '16, founder of Helpusgreen
Go Deeper

“Everyone says eventually they’ll make money, but we’re doing it. And we’re touching lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid."

- Ankit Agarwal '16

Read more via Fast Company.