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June 25, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: June 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 Wired, Yahoo News, Fast Company, and more.

From poo to food: Kenyan toilet waste key for new animal feed

Yahoo News | June 17, 2019
Sanergy, founded by Ani Vallabhaneni ‘11 and David Auerbach ‘11, is establishing hygienic toilets in Kenya and using the collected waste to create fertilizer and insect-based protein for animal feed.

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project To Protect Nonprofits Online

Wired | June 12, 2019
Esra'a al Shafei​ ‘09, founder of human rights organization Majal, shared the organization's experience with a cyberattack and how they recovered with the support of pro bono services from internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare and its initiative Project Galileo.

Two Alums Awarded the 2019 Echoing Green Fellowship

Teach For America | June 11, 2019
Two Teach For America alumni, Ateira Griffin ‘19, founder of BOND, and Raby Gueye ‘19, founder of Teach For Senegal, were chosen for Echoing Green Fellowships this year. They join Teach For America founder, Wendy Kopp '91, and 26 other TFA alumni who have gone on to become Echoing Green Fellows.

Q&A: Meet the Formerly Incarcerated Dad Who Created an App to Connect Families

Colorlines | June 11, 2019
Antoine Patton ‘19 shared his experiences as a father in prison, teaching his daughter to code, and how that inspired him to create Photo Patch, a free app that allows children to send letters and pictures to their incarcerated parents.

Echoing Green Announces 2019 Black Male Achievement Fellowship Winners

Black Enterprise | June 10, 2019
Black Enterprise announced the 10 2019 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellows and shared insights from Hadiyah Mujhid ‘19 of HBCUvc about what she hopes to gain from the Fellowship.

Co-founders of Rust Belt Riders are named 2019 Echoing Green fellowship winners

Crain’s Cleveland Business | June 7, 2019
Food waste recyclers Rust Belt Riders, founded by Michael Robinson ‘19 and Daniel Brown ‘19, were featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business. Rust Belt Riders is transforming food systems through the creation of products derived from discarded food.

New Profit Announces Two New $1M Investments

New Profit | May 23, 2019
New Profit announced $1M investments in two organizations including Springboard Collective, founded by Alejandro Gibes de Gac ‘12. Springboard Collaborative is closing the literacy gap among low-income students by working with students, parents, teachers, and school leadership. 

Bangkok has a flooding problem, so this architect designs parks that covertly hold millions of gallons of water

Fast Company | May 22, 2019
Kotchakorn Voraakhom ‘17, founder of Porous City Network, was selected as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. Porous City Network designs green spaces that hold millions of gallons of water to mitigate the flooding in Bangkok and Southeast Asia.


2019 Fellow Antoine Patton, founder of Photo Patch Foundation, with his daughter, Jay Jay, Photo Patch's co-founder and junior director. Credit: Photo courtesy of Marissa Lewis.