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November 6, 2017

Social Impact Headlines: November 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 in NationSwell, Essence, and The Washington Post.

The Unilever Young Entrepreneur Awards 2017

Unilever | Nov. 1, 2017
Sabrina Natasha Habib '15, co-founder of Kidogo, was named Unilever's 2017 Young Entrepreneurs Awards Prince of Wales Prize Winner, and Ankit Agarwal '17, co-founder of Helpusgreen, was named winner in the Water category.

When the American Dream Becomes Human Rights Abuse

NationSwell | Oct. 30, 2017
Christina Fialho '12 and Christina Mansfield '12, co-founders of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), are abolishing immigration detention centers by monitoring human rights abuses and offering alternates to the current system.

50 Black Women Founders To Watch

Essence | Oct. 30, 2017
Nedgine Paul '14, founder of Anseye Pou Ayiti, was named one of Essence magazine's 50 Black Women Founders To Watch. Marie Dandie, co-founder of 2016 Fellow organization pilotED Schools was also named on the list.

NYC Businesses Serving Social Justice Get Grants From Manhattan DA

Patch NYC | Oct. 23, 2017
Jordyn Lexton '15, founder of Drive Change, received a $3M grant from the Manhattan district attorney's office's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. Drive Change will use the grant to build a co-working space for other food trucks and restaurants that have a social-justice mission.

Fourteen People Inspiring a Brighter Future

Ashoka | Oct. 24, 2017
Gina Clayton '14, founder of Essie Justice Project, and Fagan Harris '14, founder of Baltimore Corps, were named 2017 Ashoka North America Fellows.

Why Sessions is wrong about asylum seekers

Chicago Tribune | Oct. 23, 2017
Swapna Reddy '17, co-founder of Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), co-authored an opinion piece refuting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claims criticizing the U.S. asylum system.

Flower Pollution: Reviving the Ganges and Providing Livelihoods

Impakter | Oct. 18, 2017
Ankit Agarwal '17, co-founder of Helpusgreen, was featured for his work countering the environmental problems of temple waste and simultaneously bettering the livelihoods of manual scavengers.

Louisiana: The State We're In – Rising Foundations

PBS | Oct. 16, 2017
Kelly Orians '15, co-founder of Rising Foundations, was interviewed for PBS Thirteen's Chasing the Dream segment on Louisiana. Rising Foundations offers incarcerated people loans so they can pay off their debt in a realistic time frame and avoid additional, aggregated fines.

Liberia's democracy is failing its people

The Washington Post | Oct. 6, 2017
Blair Glencorse '14, founder of Accountability Lab, co-authored an opinion piece on Liberia's democracy not yet delivering what its people need.

Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective invests in disruptive solar startup, Angaza

Tech Crunch | Oct. 2, 2017
Angaza, founded by Lesley Silverthorn Marincola '13, has raised a Series B round of $10.5M to scale its Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) software solution for off-grid rural villages. 

Jordyn Lexton '15, founder of Drive Change, accepting a $3M grant from the Manhattan district attorney's office's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative.