Founder: Noah Kennedy (Richmond, VA)
Richmond’s Rookie Readers is a volunteer-based project which aims to restore educational interest through weekly storytelling which will take place in the neighborhood of Battery Park, in Richmond, Virginia. Being a “front porch based culture,” children in Richmond will have an opportunity to be read to in the comfort of their own neighborhoods, among all their neighbors and friends. Through 45-minute-long sessions, children will be read to by volunteers (parents, students, etc.) but will also have opportunities to read books themselves at home in order to challenge themselves. When a child successfully finishes a book, their volunteer leader will reward them with more books to promote them to continue reading. By introducing young children to books through reading, our program strives to significantly improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills, as well as evoke a love for reading and knowledge for the rest of their lives.
Founder: Katherine Milian (Montgomery, TX)
Viva la Familia will host challenging yet fun family activity nights in Conroe, Texas that provide families with the opportunity to spend quality time together and indirectly work on communication skills. Using improv theatre and games, families work together and communicate through hands-on activities of common interest which are then debriefed by one of our trained staff members. Because one assumes different roles in theater, participants become detached from the routines that contribute to consistent challenges within families. The comedic element enables the families to laugh and be creative together, while debriefing draws out the learning and take home lessons. We hope to educate families about the importance of communication through these activities.
Founder: Charmae Fabro (Manila, Philippines)
Bahay will provide homeless mothers in the Philippines with full-time employment, mentoring, training and a support system to succeed in the workforce in the city. Using the dried water hyacinth plant, a prominent natural resource in the Philippines, we have narrowed our potential product down to three options: sandals, welcome mats, and coasters. These products would be created by the women using dried water hyacinth plant. These native sandals are hand-made by these mothers themselves, giving our customers a taste of the Philippines. Located on the outskirts of Manila, specifically in Tondo, single mothers will be recruited in the Tondo area. Bahay ensures that each woman involved will be educated on necessary skills to prosper in life while in a safe environment. The mothers will share a large rented apartment in Tondo and split the rent to learn how to budget money.
Founder: Haley Baker (Ipswich, MA)
We are R.I.S.E. We focus on relationships, individualization, socialization, and education. The purpose of R.I.S.E. is to eliminate the negative stigma around depression. When a high school purchases our curriculum, they receive access to our website, a variety of merchandise, and a set schedule of assembly plans. In addition to these materials, we will implement a peer to peer discussion program to bolster relationships and conversation opportunities between classmates. All participating students will be required to attend educational assemblies about depression, its symptoms, and its treatments. These students will then begin a relationship where they can safely discuss topics like mental health, depression, and personal struggles.
Get Talking: A Conversational Approach to Pornography Founder: Reece Moore (Plano, TX)
REACH: Making a Refugee a Home Founder: Lydia Kellogg (Shelton, CT)
Finding Humanity: Reintegration for Former Sex Traffickers Founder: Spence Johnstone (Marietta, GA)
ELEVATE Messy Learner: Experiential Learning in Chinese Communities Founder: Rose Wang (Beijing, China)