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August 29, 2018

Social Impact Headlines: August 2018

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 The New York Times, Forbes, and Teen Vogue.

Meet the People Empowering Baltimore Teens With Dirt Bikes, Burgers, and Yoga

Teen Vogue | Aug. 27, 2018
Brittany Young '18, founder of B-360, is changing the narrative about youth in Baltimore by coupling students' love of dirt biking with learning tech and science.

Group Serving Kenya Slums Wins $2 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award

The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Aug. 22, 2018
Shining Hope for Communities, founded by Kennedy Odede '10 and Jessica Posner Odede '10, will use the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize money to create an endowment and expand into more areas of the world.

This Pioneer In Social Enterprise Still Leading Innovation After 3 Decades

Forbes | Aug. 16, 2018
Cheryl L. Dorsey discusses her nearly 30-year journey with Echoing Green, the power of Echoing Green's Fellowship program, and what Echoing Green looks for in Fellowship applicants.

Meet The Social Entrepreneur Behind Africa's "Uber For The Farm"

Forbes | Aug. 14, 2018
Jehiel Oliver '15, founder of Hello Tractor, discusses how market-based solutions can create impact at scale and how technology offers a path out of poverty for African youth.

Mugshots to billboards: Formerly incarcerated people launch small businesses with help of nonprofit

NOLA.com | Aug. 9, 2018
Kelly Orians '15, founder of Rising Foundations, is helping people released from prison re-enter society. None of the two dozen formerly incarcerated people who started a business with Rising Foundations' help has had a new conviction on their record.

How to Power a Renewable Energy Startup

NationSwell| July 30, 2018
Donnel Baird '12, founder of BlocPower, is taking on climate change and addressing unemployment in New York neighborhoods by training local workers for jobs in the green economy.

Brands Drive Impact: Social Change Organizations Should Invest Accordingly

Medium | July 26, 2018
Echoing Green has teamed up with multiple social impact organizations to collaborate on a new content series focused on strengthening and advancing communications, marketing, and branding within the social impact sector.

Where American Renewal Begins

The New York Times | July 26, 2018
Sarah Hemminger '09, founder of Thread, has helped 415 academically underperforming students in Baltimore schools by building an extended family around them, with about 1,000 volunteers.

Halt Violence Founder Changing Youth’s Lives In Columbus

Power Columbus | July 21, 2018
Thell Robinson '18, founder of Halt Violence, launched his organization to stop the violence in the Columbus, Ohio, community. Halt Violence has actively stopped almost 130 violent encounters on the streets in the last four years.

It Takes Consultation to Help a Village

The New York Times | July 17, 2018
Natalie Bridgeman Fields '09, founder of Accountability Counsel, was quoted in this article highlighting the need to keep projects that bring harm, rather than improvement, accountable for their actions.

This doctor wants to make sure no patient is out of reach

Gates Notes | July 10, 2018
Raj Panjabi '11, founder of Last Mile Health and Echoing Green board member, was featured in Bill Gates' blog. Last Mile Health has trained more than 500 community health workers and now serves 280,000 people in two of Liberia’s most far-flung counties.

2018 Echoing Green Fellow Brittany Young. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Amaphiko.