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April 8, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: April 2019

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 social impact news from Mashable, CNN, and Upworthy.

World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions

Fast Company | April 8, 2019
Fast Company released their list of World Changing Ideas, and several Echoing Green Fellow organizations made the list: Chakr Innovation, founded by Arpit Dhupar '17 and Kushagra Srivastava '17; Tala, founded by Shivani Siroya '11 and Bonnie Oliva-Porter '11; Sacred Generations, founded by Percilla Frizzell '18; Web Neutral Project, founded by Jack Amend '17; I-MAK, founded by Tahir Amin '08 and Priti Krishtel '08; Carbon Lighthouse, founded by Brenden Millstein '11 and Raphael Rosen '11; Hello Tractor, founded by Jehiel Oliver '15; and African Leadership University, founded by Fred Swaniker '06.

Recycling and Upcycling: Rethinking How We Get Rid of Plastic

Blindfold Magazine | April 2, 2019
Miranda Wang '18 and Jeanny Yao '18, co-founders of BioCellection, are incentivizing the sortation and isolation of unrecyclable plastics so they don’t end up in landfills and oceans.

Being Arrested Is Terrifying. This Non-Profit Can Help You Make Your “One Call” Count

Upworthy | March 26, 2019
Jelani Anglin ‘18 and Gabriel Leader-Rose ‘18 are featured by Upworthy for their organization, Good Call, which helps people who have been arrested navigate the legal system.

"Supporting Women Entrepreneurs Is the Morally Right Thing to Do—and the Smart Thing"

ELLE | March 25, 2019
Steph Speirs ‘15, founder of Solstice, which promotes community solar power access, won ELLE's Impact Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Banana Republic No Boundaries Award.

Ride On: How Urban Dirt Biking Is Getting Black Youth Into STEM

Mashable | March 17, 2019
Brittany Young ‘18 is featured in Mashable’s series "The Women Fixing STEM" for B-360’s work promoting STEM education through dirt bike culture in Baltimore.

‘Fundibots’ Brings Robotics Into The Classroom

CNN | March 14, 2019
Fundi Bots, founded by Solomon King Benge ‘14, was featured on CNN’s African Voices. Fundi Bots teaches children in Uganda practical scientific skills and thinking using robotics.

What Makes Us Break Through?

New Profit | March 8, 2019
New Profit launched a new campaign featuring impactful leaders around America, including Teresa Hodge ‘18, co-founder of Mission: Launch; Yscaira Jimenez ‘14, founder of LaborX; and Wendy Kopp ‘91, founder of Teach for America and Teach for All.

Medha Aims To Reach 5000 Students Till The Financial Year 2019

Business Standard | Feb. 26, 2019
Medha, founded by Byomkesh Mishra ‘12 and Christopher Turillo ‘12, has reached 12,000 students since 2011 and aims to expand its employability and life skills programming to reach 5,000 additional students in the new financial year.


2018 Fellow Brittany Young, founder of B-360. Photo by Diamond Dixon.