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June 28, 2018

Social Impact Headlines: June 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 Daily Show, The New York Times, and TIME.

STEM program helps change dirt bike riding culture, perception

ABC2 Baltimore | June 21, 2018
Brittany Young '18 and B-360 are flipping the perception of dirt bike riding in Baltimore by leveraging kids' passion for riding and teaching them the engineering skills behind dirt bikes.

Becca Heller - Dispelling Myths About Refugees in the Trump Era

The Daily Show | June 19, 2018
Becca Heller '10, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), discusses her efforts to fight President Trump's aggressive crackdown on immigrants and asylum seekers.

With this kit, you can set up a solar-powered microgrid

Yale Climate Connections | June 18, 2018
Angelo Campus '17, founded of BoxPower, a company creating portable power systems, which are delivered in shipping containers. BoxPower will donate the systems to communities recovering after climate disasters.

Rate Your Latest Police Encounter

City Lab | June 18, 2018
Brandon Anderson '18 founded Raheem AI, an app that allows people to immediately report their interactions with police officers—positive or negative. Reports include the demographics of the officer and themselves and if the reporter felt safe and respected. 

UN Young Champions of the Earth 2018 Regional Finalists

UN Environment | June 12, 2018
Three Echoing Green Fellows are regional finalists in the UN's Young Champions of the Earth prize including Arpit Dhupar '17, co-founder of Chakr Innovation; Miranda Wang '18, co-founder of BioCellection; and Gator Halpern '17, co-founder of Coral Vita.

How Community Health Workers Could Save 30 Million By 2030

TIME | June 11, 2018
Raj Panjabi '11, founder of Last Mile Health and Echoing Green board member, gave the first talk in the TIME 100 x WeWork Speaker Series, an extension of TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

American Express Announces $500,000 Commitment to Strive for College and UStrive, Inc.

American Express | May 31, 2018
Strive for College, founded by Michael Carter '11, received a $500,000 commitment from American Express to provide students with mentors, including American Express professionals, and financial aid during the college application process. 

Inventing New Ways to Solve New Problems

The New York Times | May 24, 2018
Miranda Wang '18, co-founder of BioCellection, was selected by The New York Times as one of 30 Visionaries With the Courage to Change the World. BioCellection uses a chemical recycling technology to tackle the hard-to-recycle plastic packaging that is sent to landfills and oceans. 

When Passion and Technology Meet

The New York Times | May 24, 2018
Alloysius Attah '14 and Emmanuel Owusu Addai '14, co-founders of Farmerline, were selected by The New York Times as Visionaries With the Courage to Change the World. Farmerline's messaging service for small-scale farmers in Ghana provides updates on localized weather forecasts, how to meet crop specifications for export markets, and more. 

It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence

TED | May 2018
Laura Dunn '15, founder of SurvJustice, gave a TED talk arguing the only way to truly enact gender violence reform is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which would require U.S. states to address gender inequality and violence.

John Deere establishes a Public-Private Partnership with with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria (FMARD)

Hello Tractor | May 18, 2018
Hello Tractor, founded by Jehiel Oliver '15, signed a deal with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) of Nigeria to improve the productivity of small farmers through affordable access to farming mechanization services. This multi-year deal includes the sale of 10,000 John Deere tractors. 

Becca Heller '10, founder of International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central.
Go Deeper

We announced our 2018 Echoing Green Fellows this month! Get to know this year's class and their bold, optimistic ideas.