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Nourish International

60 Nourish Chapters!  

May 28, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Office Updates | By

We are thrilled to welcome 19 new Chapters to the student movement. Nourish will start the 2014-2015 school year with a total of 60 Chapters ready to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.


14 Colleges/Universities Joining the Nourish Network:

Barry University

Boston College

Brandeis University

Butler University

George Washington University

Georgia Tech University

Hillsborough Community College

McGill University

North Carolina State University

Texas Christian University

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

University of Oregon

University of South Carolina

University of Tampa

Whittier College

And for the first time ever 5 High Schools joining the Nourish Network:

Apex High School

Cherry Creek High School

Durham Academy

Grimsley High School

Providence Day School

Want to meet representatives from each of our 60 Chapters? Join us for our Summer Institute Banquet, August 3rd at 6:30pm in Chapel Hill, NC. You won’t want to miss this celebratory event. Learn more here

Our Leadership Development Programs

March 24, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Office Updates | By

One of Nourish International’s core activities is leadership development. Our leadership programs provide meaningful opportunities for students to gain new skills and experiences in innovative ways and furthermore enables them to use those skills in their future success. The Nourish International runs many different programs that foster leadership development and support Chapters’ success with Ventures, Projects, and general Chapter activities. Through a variety of programs, Nourish students receive opportunities to develop their leadership skills, a chance to network with other leaders, and a platform to take action on issues they are passionate about. Our leadership programs include our Phone Mentorship program, that provides one-on-one coaching and advising; The Summer Institute, our five day leadership conference in Chapel Hill, NC; The Virtual Institute, virtual conference in which Chapters can discuss goals, their impact, and learn from one another’s successes and failures; and Chapter Visits, where Chapters apply to bring the National Office staff to their campus to run workshops, speak at events, and meet with leaders in their campus community.

In the evaluations from our leadership programs during the 12-13 year, we found marked improvement in leadership skills. We saw the largest skill development in the following areas: ability to create a work plan and timeline for tasks, ability to manage a team and delegate duties, and an understanding of Nourish’s values and how to promote these values at their Ventures. Furthermore, 97% of Chapter Leaders said that their “experience with Nourish has better prepared them for their future career.”

Promoting student leadership development not only furthers Nourish International’s impact today, through effective Ventures and Projects, but also furthers Nourish’s long term impact, as students gain valuable and practical skills and experiences that help them tackle the challenges we face as a society. When you Invest in our Future you are bridging the global leadership gap: Your gift provides leadership training, business coaching, and transformative international experiences so that our students become seasoned change-makers and global leaders. Additionally, you are training the next generation of change makers: Your gift enables us to expand to 15 new campuses and add over 200 students to our program.

Consider making a gift today to help us raise $125,000 by June 30, 2014 to continue our remarkable growth path and leverage more impact on students and communities.


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Congratulations to our 2014 Bridge Scholars

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight, Summer Projects | By

We are excited to announce the Bridge Scholar Class of 2014! These students were selected among a highly competitive group of applicants to receive scholarships to participate in sustainable international development projects this summer. We know they will have an incredible impact in the fight against extreme poverty. Without further ado, here are this year’s recipients:

musabMusab Iman

I am a 4th year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Industrial Systems Engineering. I joined Nourish International last year and am now serving as the Human Relations Chair. I was born and raised in Columbus Ohio, to a family of Ohio State graduates, basically born and bred to be a Buckeye.

My family is originally from the country of Bangladesh, which plays a huge role in my involvement in Nourish. Bangladesh is developing third world country; I have many family members who still reside over there.

As a college student I was fortunate to meet a group of students who wanted to help eliminate extreme poverty through sustainable development. Students from various backgrounds all had one common goal, so I joined Nourish International to make sure I can make a lasting impact on poverty around the world. Receiving the BridgeScholarship means so much to me, this will allow me to travel to Ecuador helping the local community of Quito by making a sustainable impact. The Bridge Scholars gives me the opportunity to receive a life-changing experience so that I may help people who are less fortunate then I. I am really grateful to be a member of the 2014 Bridge Scholars class so that I may work abroad to make a lasting impact on the community in Ecuador.



Hailey Lewis

I am a student at the University of Idaho, majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Global Resources and Development. I am a chapter co-founder and co-leader, and have loved sharing Nourish’s mission and vision. I think that too many college students ignore their ability to create positive change in the world, and I have done my best to show my peers at U of I otherwise.

I am currently putting myself through school, and trying to finance my next year without a full summer of work due to the time I wanted to spend on a Nourish project would have been nearly impossible. The Bridge Scholarship has given me the opportunity to participate in my chapter’s project in Indonesia without the fear of being unable to afford my next year at school. With this scholarship, I will be able to gain firsthand experience and exposure in the world of international nonprofits. I am so excited to be able to directly apply my studies to the real life experience of working on a Nourish project. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity, and I am eager to make the most of it!

roxanneRoxanne Waggoner

I am a junior at UNM double majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in interdisciplinary arts.  I am hoping to begin medical school in the fall of 2015 and am applying this June.  I work as a tutor for FrogTutoring and also volunteer with a local organization called Heading Home.  For fun I like to hike, go to trampoline parks, and watch UNM Rugby games.

Without this scholarship I would be unable to attend a project.  I have been wanting to go on a project since my freshman year and haven’t been able to afford it.  With this scholarship I am able to go on a project and make a difference.  I am unbelievably excited to attend this summer’s project and incredibly grateful that I was awarded Bridge Scholarship.

maxieMaxie Wirtz

I am currently a third year Student at The Ohio State University. I am majoring in Social Work and minoring in Nonprofit Management. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, with my three younger sisters and my older brother, I never imagined that I would ever get the chance to travel abroad to learn and help others. I decided to major in Social Work early in my college career because I wanted to help families in America overcome poverty. When I joined Nourish International as a sophomore, I discovered that it is possible to impact poverty not only in America but around the world as well.  Now I am a co-leader in my chapter, and I take every opportunity I can to learn how I can continue to make a difference throughout my life.

This scholarship means more to me than I could ever express in just a few sentences.  Thanks to Nourish I can now travel to Ecuador and work with the community of Quito. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I know I will take the lessons I learn and apply them throughout my future career as a Social Worker. Traveling abroad to help others was not even a possibility for me until I was awarded this scholarship. Thank you Nourish International! This is just one of the many ways you have changed my life.

Guest Post by Jared Staley, Student Board Member

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Nourish Office, Student Advisory Board, Student Spotlight | By

Guest Post by Jared Staley, OSU Chapter Member, Co-Chair of Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member

Jared Staley PicIn the fall of 2011, I began my time with Nourish International at The Ohio State University. Little did I know, this organization would light a fire inside of me and lead me down an incredible path. Nourish excited me because of its close community of leaders and the ability to really see how one individual can have a strong and lasting impact. Nourish International has helped me, as it has many other students, grow into a caring and compassionate leader. I began my time with Nourish as a general body member, and later took on the Marketing, Co-Leader, and Outreach positions within my Chapter. Today, I work with Nourish on a movement scale as Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member with the Board of Directors. The opportunities that Nourish provides students to develop as a true leader are endless.

Nourish International abled me to develop my leadership abilities unlike any other organization. From day one, I was made to feel like someone who had something to offer to the group. I was made to feel important. As I began to take on more leadership, I had my predecessors to look to. The leaders that came before me were honest, caring, supportive, and above all passionate. Nourish has taught me that to be a leader is to be a motivator. You are not required to have all the right answers nor all of the questions. To be a successful leader you have to be open to your peers. Nourish has taught me that leadership isn’t a place of power but a place of belief, love, and drive. As a leader, you need to have belief in your abilities, your peers’ abilities, and a collective mission. A Nourish Leader values the success of a collective, rather than the success of the singular.

Every member in Nourish International is a leader. We are a community of leaders that is constantly holding each other to higher standards, asking each other to be and do better. A Nourish Leader is a person who is able to see the abilities in others. They are able to take someone higher and bring out the leader in everyone. It’s that kind of community that makes the greatest of leaders.

– Jared Staley

The 2014 Virtual Institute: A Great Success

March 4, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Office Updates | By

Nourish International Virtual Institute convenes over 180 student social entrepreneurs from 24 college campuses to enact social change.


On January 25, 2014 from  12 pm- 6 pm, Nourish hosted its second annual virtual conference with 24 college Chapters of the Nourish International Network entirely online.

The Virtual Institute is an opportunity for students across the Nourish network to come together, connect with each other, learn from each other and participate in valuable workshops to further our impact on extreme poverty and on student leaders. The Virtual Institute is a unique conference program in the field of student led social entrepreneurship and international development. This aspect of Nourish International’s virtual mentorship builds a stronger movement

The 2014 Virtual Institute was a huge success. In a survey sent out to participants, 95% of respondents said that after the Virtual Institute they felt connected to and supported by others seeking to change the world.  Additionally, 86% of respondents said the Virtual Institute helped to prepare them to run sustainable and responsible development projects, and 77% of respondents said the Institute helped prepare them to run ethical and profitable ventures. Based on our research, there are no other student organizations in our field that are running a Virtual Institute. This is an innovative idea that is helping to further student leaders across the country.


Nourish is thrilled to be on the front line of innovations in virtual organizing and virtual training. To support Nourish’s high impact virtual programs, like the Virtual Institute, you can donate here.

Why Entrepreneurial Education and Virtual Training for Student Entrepreneurs

  • Entrepreneurial education is crucial to preparing the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Gallup studies show seven out of 10 high school students want to start their own companies.
  • According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in 1970 only 16 business schools in the U.S. offered entrepreneurship classes. Driven by the desires of today’s young talent, today more than 2,000 colleges and universities offer entrepreneurship courses.[1]
  • There is a need for entrepreneurial education. Universities are responding by adding more classes, but classes only go so far.
  • Nourish gives students the opportunity to take their classroom lessons out in the real world and get the hands-on experience.
  • As of February 2013, 43 states had cut their budgets for higher education.[2]
  • As universities continue to cut their funding, programs like Nourish become more crucial so that our students learn the skills they need.




[1] McCarty, Christine  “First Online Community to Connect Start-ups and Interns Launches Pilot Program in California” May 14, 2010.  YouTern.

[2]   Johnson, Nicolas, Phil Oliff and Erica Williams “An Update on State Budget Cuts Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. February 9, 2011. <>

The Final Round of Summer Projects of 2014!

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Summer Projects | By

Nourish students from our 45 chapters across the country have solidified their partnerships for Summer 2014. We seek to partner with organizations whose missions align with ours to make a lasting impact on extreme global poverty.

Here is the final announcement of our 27 Projects for Summer 2014!

Indiana University—Mayan Families

Indiana University will partner with Mayan Families to promote healthy lifestyles by building a garden and hosting nutrition workshops. Mayan Families is a non-profit organization in Panajachel, Guatemala that provides opportunities to impoverished people through education and community development programs. They will work together to train the members of the community to care for the garden, which will provide healthier meals and allow them an opportunity to earn a supplemental income by selling this produce.


University of Tennessee-Knoxville—UPAVIM

The University of Tennessee Knoxville Chapter will partner with Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM) to provide bilingual education in a safe environment for children in the slums of Guatemala City. They hope to increase the literacy rate and to provide students a means to rise out of poverty. The curriculum that they develop together will be available in the UPAVIM for years to come and the children will be able to use the education and resources they’ve received to continue helping the community, as they grow older.


University of Texas-Austin—VIEWS

The UT-Austin Chapter will work with the Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society to teach English classes and jobs skills trainings to empower women and children in coastal India. VIEWS is a grass root development organization that brings innovate solutions to underdeveloped communities to create a better society. In this third year partnership, The UT-Austin Chapter and VIEWS hope that together they can provide the women and children on the Odisha coast the resources they need to recover from the tragedy of cyclone Phailin and to break the cycle of poverty within their community.


UCLA and University of California-Santa Cruz—ByoEarth and Junkabal

The UCLA and the UC-Santa Cruz Chapters will work with ByoEarth and Junkabal to construct plant nurseries to sustainably increase income for women in Guatemala City. Junkabal is a nonprofit that is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children through, formal education, technical and vocational career training, and a social program that focuses on dental and nutritional health services. ByoEarth is a social enterprise business that hopes to improve the living conditions in Guatemala by generating solutions through vermicomposting. Together, UCLA and Santa Cruz will team up with these two organizations, to not only build plant nurseries, but they will also teach classes on how to maintain nurseries, market the herbs, account for sales, and cook with herbs at home.


You can learn more about all of our 2014 Projects in the Giving Challenge. 


Even More Summer Projects!

February 25, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Summer Projects | By

Nourish students from our 45 chapters across the country have solidified their partnerships for Summer 2014. We seek to partner with organizations whose missions align with ours to make a lasting impact on extreme global poverty.

Here is another installment announcing all of our 27 Projects for Summer 2014!

Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, and UC-Berkeley—FADCANIC

The University of New Mexico Chapter will work with Arizona State University and University of California Berkeley to rebuild a women’s recovery house in Nicaragua. They will partner with the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) who works to encourage the success of indigenous and ethnic communities throughout the region. By rebuilding the women’s medical recovery house, they hope to improve the wellbeing of women in Nicaragua.

Dayton University—Chijnaya Foundation

The University of Dayton Chapter will work with the Chijnaya Foundation in Southern Peru. The Chijnaya Foundation partners with rural communities to design projects in health, education, and economic development. The Dayton Chapter will work to create smoke-free stoves in the Juliaca community of rural Peru. This community suffers from severe smoke inhalation from the fire-burning stoves in their homes, therefore these smoke free stoves will help with their eye and respiratory health. In this two-year partnership, the Dayton Chapter is dedicated to providing smoke free stoves to most households within the Juliaca community.


University of Minesota –Global Mamas

The UMN Chapter will partner with Global Mamas, a grassroots organization in Accra, Ghana working to improve the lives of women by teaching them traditional fabric-making skills and helping them sell handmade fabric goods in the US. The Minnesota Chapter will provide computers, establish a database to track business progress, and teach  basic computer to expand the women’s’ businesses.


Miami University –Runa

The Miami University Chapter will partner with Runa to help farmers develop more sustainable practices and spread awareness about the guayusa plant. They will implement agroforestry and environmental education with communities living in poverty in Napo Province, Ecuador. They hope to maintain and preserve the cultural heritage of these communities and provide a reliable source of income for the families within the region.


University of Georgia—Rural Agency for Sustainable Development


The UGA chapter will partner with RASD. Together they will work to sanitize the local water supply in Nkokonjeru, Uganda. Without access to clean water, local communities are at high risk for waterborne illnesses such as cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and bacterial diarrhea. To help sustain their work, they will help set up a community panel that will oversee the maintenance of the newly enclosed water source. With the help of the panel, the community will learn how to use the new materials, which will continue to improve the quality of life in their community for years to come.


Rice University—Project Amazonas

The Rice Chapter will work with Project Amazonas, an organization dedicated to providing the people of the Peruvian Amazon with adequate modern health care and health education. Local school teachers, members of the parent-teacher association at the local schools, and Rice students will work together to construct sanitary latrines, improve access to clean water, and improve the quality of water containers at three local local schools.


Wellesley College and Wake Forest University—MEERA

The Wake Forest and Wellesley Chapters will partner with MEERA, Mutual Education for Empowerment and Rural Action. MEERA is an organization dedicated to improving communities in India and their level of knowledge for sustainable health. Together, Nourish and MEERA will plant a community garden, which will provide healthy foods for the community as well as an opportunity to gain income. They will also conduct health education seminars on various health subjects and hygiene issues.


The University of Idaho—Slukat Learning Center

The U Idaho Chapter will partner with the Slukat Learning Center to provide English and computer classes for 150 students in Bali. The Slukat Learning Center works to give Balinese children the opportunity to create a better life for themselves. They believe that with a strong education they will be able to qualify for better paying jobs, which will help them flourish in the local job market.


Vanderbilt University and Virginia Tech—Mayan Families

The Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech Chapters will partner with Mayan Families to construct community gardens that will provide a sustainable source of food for families in Guatemala. The Nourish Project interns will work alongside community members involved in agriculture to build the gardens and plant the seeds. They will also work to educate the community about the importance of organic community gardening and how to maintain the gardens after the interns leave. The gardens will provide a reliable source of food for the Mayan people for years to come.


Juniata College, Duke University, and Penn State University—Community Concerns Uganda

Juniata, Duke and Penn State Chapters will partner with Community Concerns Uganda and implement a saving and loans program and a health education project. Community Concerns Uganda is a non-profit organization, working to improve the social, economic, and psychological status of the communities in which they work. The Nourish Project interns will support members of a Group Savings Program already in place by teaching them savings and entrepreneurship techniques, taking records, and monitoring their business activities.


You can learn more about all of our 2014 Projects in the Giving Challenge. 


More Summer Projects!

February 25, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Summer Projects | By

Nourish students from our 45 chapters across the country have solidified their partnerships for Summer 2014. We seek to partner with organizations whose missions align with ours to make a lasting impact on extreme global poverty.

Over the next few weeks, we will announce all of our 27 Projects for Summer 2014!

University of Washington—The Rural Health Care Foundation

The UW chapter will partner with RHCF to construct water sources that will provide clean water access to 1500 people in Mubende District, Uganda. The Rural Health Care Foundation is an NGO that works to raise the percentage of clean safe water by at least 5% every year. With the implementation of this project 1,500 people will have access to clean and safe drinking water as well as clean water for cooking, bathing, and washing.  The access for clean water will raise the standard of health by reducing water borne illnesses.

Syracuse University—Global Health Network (U)

The Syracuse Chapter will work with the Global Health Network (U) in the Oyam District of Uganda. The Global Health Network (U) is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the health of all Ugandans through leadership, partnership, innovation and concerted action in Primary Health Care. The project team will conduct public health outreach in the community about sanitation and hygiene, hold organized sessions about prenatal care, and provide job skills training for women in the community. They hope to improve sanitation in the communities, generate better health among women and children, and work towards economic independence for women.


University of Florida and Davidson College—The Uganda Rural Fund

The University of Florida and Davidson College will team up to partner with the Uganda Rural Fund. The Uganda Rural Fund works to empower orphans, impoverished youth, and women to fight poverty in Uganda’s rural communities, through the implementation of educational and sustainable development opportunities. They hope to create a business education program at URF’s Hope Academy, a vocational secondary school in rural Uganda. The students at Hope Academy will be given a female goat to raise at home. They will not only be trained in effective ways to raise their goats but they will also be given some basic entrepreneurship skills so that they can run small business ventures. They will gain a source of income by either selling their baby goats or raising the baby goat to sell when it’s older. They will also help to create a vegetable garden in the community.


University of Pittsburgh—Maya Traditions

The Pitt Chapter will partner with the Maya Traditions Foundation to build an educational center to promote low-cost traditional Maya medicine. The Maya Traditions Foundation works with fourteen different healers of various specialties in ten communities in the region to promote medicinal knowledge. The overall goal of the Project is to give the Mayan community access to medicines and to promote healthy living.


Emory University—MOCHE

The Emory Chapter will work with MOCHE, an organization created to improve the quality of life of rural communities in Peru. Together, they will increase the income in the community by working at MOCHE Women’s Artisan Cooperative, a center to generate income for women who are skilled weavers and knitters, so that they can become self sufficient. They hope to improve production standards, business skills for women, create market stalls, and a heritage center.


You can learn more about all of our 2014 Projects in the Giving Challenge.

Updates from the Venture Fund Winners

January 22, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Ventures | By

With the start of the New Year we’d like to highlight the success of some of our amazing Venture Fund winners. Each year the Nourish National Office teams up with StartUp Cup to run a business competition model. The winners of this competition receive an investment to expand their small business Ventures or to create entirely new business Ventures. Today we’d like to feature the Claremont and OSU Chapters for their inspiring progress and admirable accomplishments through the Venture Fund.

The Claremont Chapter applied to expand their weekly “Café Nourish.” Every Sunday night from 8pm-12am, the café sells delicious foods donated by local businesses, has live entertainment, and creates a central location where students can come to study or hangout with friends. With the Venture Fund investment the Claremont Chapter will expand their café to start selling fresh fruit smoothies and Boba tea.

Claremont Cafe Nourish

Cafe Nourish at the Claremont Colleges

With the investment they received through the Venture Fund, Café Nourish has become a reliable location for fresh fruit smoothies and Boba tea and have even more ideas to boost their business and make more money. They plan to start taking their business to dorms every Friday between 7-9pm to give students the incentive to come out to their present location.

The Ohio State University Chapter received an investment to scale their Fair Trade Jewelry sale venture. They purchase handmade jewelry from a grassroots organization in Uganda and sell the jewelry on campus. With the Venture Fund investment, the Chapter will purchase a Columbus vendor license to sell downtown and market their product to friends and family living outside of Columbus.

Ohio State seemed to be just as successful as Claremont with their endeavors. They received about $350 in seed capital and with these funds they were able to buy their jewelry from the original vendor instead of using their own funds. Although they have faced challenges in finding a decent spot to sell their jewelry, they are constructing a schedule of dates and locations that will give them a profit on a semi-regular basis. We commend Ohio State for accomplishing so much in these past couple of months and are excited to see how much they will accomplish in the future.

We are so excited by the progress of these two Venture Fund winners so far and we cannot wait to see all that they will accomplish by the end of this year.

What Does Social Entrepreneurship Mean to You?

January 9, 2014 | Posted in Alumni Spotlight, Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Ventures | By

This month our blog series focuses on social entrepreneurship. We’ll discuss Nourish’s approach, Chapter Ventures, and the wider field.

At Nourish International, we believe in empowering students and communities to take action for sustainably ending poverty with the tools of education, intercultural understanding, business, and social enterprise. The tenants of social entrepreneurship are  key components to our approach to Ventures and Projects. Learn more about our model here.

Today we ask our community, what does social entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Nourish International Program Director, Sarah Miller Frazer says, “Social entrepreneurship uses market forces and business practices to create innovative solutions to societal problems.” Sarah believes that social enterprises can be for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid, but ultimately deliver results on a triple bottom line. Learn more about the Triple Bottom Line in this article from the Economist.

“Social entrepreneurs are mad scientists in the lab,” says Pamela Hartigan, director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. “They’re harbingers of new ways of doing business (Forbes, 2013).”

Jennifer Smith, a Nourish alumnus from the University of Tennessee says, “Nourish taught me a new way to do business. Previously, I could not understand the personal benefit of running a non-profit, but I knew that the conventional capitalist business ethic was lacking something, as well. Nourish taught me how to form a business that aligns 100 percent with my values. I now know the basics of running a business, where I can benefit while employees, customers, the environment, and the world as a whole also benefit.”Drawing on her Nourish training and experience, Jennifer launched her own business: TradePrints selling handicrafts made by Grassroots Uganda.

Join the discussion! What does social entrepreneurship mean to you?

Comment below, or comment on Facebook and Twitter.

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University of Texas, Hunger Lunch Venture