This week we’d like to thank Nourish supporters Mary Laurie and Joe Cece for their generous gift to fund the inaugural year of the Bridge Scholars Program this year. The Bridge Scholars program is designed to provide Nourish students with the opportunity to have a greater impact on global poverty. We believe that qualified and dedicated Nourish students should be able to participate in a Nourish Project regardless of their financial situation.
Mary Laurie and Joe invested in this high impact program that gives scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who have displayed excellence in their Nourish Chapter.
“I have always wanted to travel abroad and make a difference in others’ lives but it always seemed a bit out of my reach. When I heard about the project this summer to the Dominican Republic, I was ecstatic to help, but ultimately concerned about how I was going to fund my trip. Thanks to the Bridge Scholarship I can now intern abroad and work towards making a lasting impact on a community in need.”
– Jackie (UF Chapter member and 2013 Bridge Scholar)
During this season of thankfulness, we would like to thank Mary Laurie and Joe Cece for funding this program and providing exceptional student leaders with the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.
Last month, we learned how scary poverty can be. We learned how a terrible natural disaster can have devastating effects on impoverished areas across the world. However, we are proud of the entire Nourish community and all that we’ve done, and continue to do, to uplift communities living in poverty. It is the season of thankfulness and we would like to dedicate these next few posts to those in the Nourish community whom we are truly thankful for.
To our students— You go above and beyond everyday and dedicate your time to the Nourish mission and for that, we thank you.
To our International partners— Your connection to the community gives us the insight into all that we can do to help. We are thankful for your constant dedication and encouragement with our projects.
To our Board of Directors— Your wisdom, experience, and commitment gives us the support we need in order to fulfill our goals. For that, we thank you.
To our Dedicated Friends and Supporters— You give advice, donations, volunteer, and find any way to get involved to help nourish thrive, and for that we thank you.
In our world today 1.29 billion people live on less than $1.25, 884 million people lack access to clean water, 925 million people are malnourished, and 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. We are thankful for your help as we work to improve these statistics and create the possibility of a better world.
Every fall Nourish runs the Venture Fund Program. In partnership with Start-Up Cup, we run a business model competition. We encourage our chapters to apply for an investment from the National Office to expand their businesses or create entirely new business ventures. The first round is a written application detailing how the Venture will be successful, the execution strategy, and how the Chapter will use resources. Chapters that move on to the second round pitch their Venture to a panel of judges. Today we’d like to recognize the winners of the 2013 Venture Fund: the Claremont Colleges, Emory University, Davidson College, Virginia Tech University, Vanderbilt University, and Ohio State University. Read on to learn more about these winning Ventures.
The Claremont Chapter applied to expand their weekly “Café Nourish.” Every Sunday night from 8pm-12am, the cafe 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.
Emory College applied for seed funding for a new Venture: selling mock cocktails at large scale social events. Because alcoholic beverages are not allowed at many on-campus functions, they thought a nice Mango Blast or a Sweet Tea Spritzer would do the trick. They plan to work with on campus organizations, such as the College Council, the Emory Chinese Student Organization, and the fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Chapter Leader Charlotte Zhang says they will “sell the classy experience to the Emory Community,”
Davidson College received funding to launch a business selling customized hairbands that double as bracelets to students on campus in this Venture called “Banded Together Against Poverty.” Davidson Nourish will sell customized bands at the Eating Houses on campus, athletic events, and hopefully soon at the school store.
Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt each applied for supplies to launch their Venture: Coolers for a Cause. Both schools have a campus tradition where young women provide a custom painted cooler to their Fraternity brother dates during the spring formal weekend. Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt will recycle old coolers, sand and prime them, and resell them to young women on campus.
The Ohio State University 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.
We are so impressed by all of the applications for the 2013 Venture Fund. We can’t wait to see all that these Chapters accomplish as they launch and expand these Ventures.
Meet Christina Gutierrez, Nourish student from Cornell University and 2013 Bridge Scholar recipient, an amazing leader who fully embodies the values and mission of Nourish International. Christina tells it best!
My name is Christina Gutierrez, a sophomore at Cornell University studying History with minors in Latin American studies and Inequality studies and I love to travel and combine my love for cultures with my passion for international development.
We asked Christina, “Why Nourish”?
I became involved in Nourish almost immediately upon my arrival at Cornell because I thought that the goals and values behind Nourish International fit very closely to my own. I became a SAB (Student Advisory Board) student representative during my freshman year and now am the IP (International Projects) director for my chapter.
Finding an organization that truly empowers students to make meaningful changes in the world is just amazing. I have always had a passion for helping others and would really like to travel the world, meshing these two desires together seemed difficult until I found Nourish. Nourish makes me feel as if I have the ability to change the world; right now, as a student.
What project did you go on this past summer and why did you decide to participate?
I went on the Cornell-UPenn project in Managua, Nicaragua to partner with a grassroots non-profit ATRAVES. We worked in the small barrio of Camilo Ortega specifically within Barrio San William Galeano. Our project had three tiers; computer literacy, agriculture and health. I loved the project and really wanted to participate. I would not have been able to participate due to lack of travel funds this summer had it not been for the generosity and faith that NINO (Nourish International National Office)had in me. I was awarded a Bridge Scholarship, a competitive scholarship program that Nourish National Office offers to students wanting to volunteer abroad.
What did your project team achieve?
We taught dozens of classes in Nutrition, Environmental Education, Computer Literacy, Health and Sex Education. We planted hundreds of seedlings and created three new garden beds. The health group saw dozens of patients. We also collectively helped to complete the first ever electrical system in Camilo in the health center.
What did you learn from this experience ?
This experience helped me find my passion. I can make an impact doing what I love to do. It was an amazing feeling working and living in the community and I cannot wait to do it all over again, hopefully for the rest of my life!
I also learned how to chisel into a concrete wall with a hammer and pike, how to plant effectively, how to hoe and clear idle land, how to climb a volcano, how to bucket flush, how to dig huge holes, how to wash clothes on a pila, how to bargain with everyone, and how to enjoy all the little things.
What I learned from this trip cannot be measured, but I hope I will carry it with me forever and use my experiences to help me fulfill my dreams.
How do you hope your involvement in the Project will impact the area?
I hope that the electrical system we helped install will carry the Casa de Salud on its way to becoming a state recognized health clinic. I hope (most) of the seedlings we planted will survive and help provide more fresh produce to the community. I hope that the areas we cleared will be used to grow necessary plants and food for members of the community. I hope that the mosaics we helped the children make will make them feel as if the nursery is their’s as well. I hope the students took away a lot of valuable information from the lessons we taught; that they remember how to use Google docs, to type with both hands, that avocado is a fruit not a vegetable, that soil erosion can be treated with less deforestation, and that they are just kids. Most of all, I hope that they remember me and the whole team with a smile.
We are really excited to welcome new Chapters to the student movement. Nourish will start the 2013-2014 School Year with a total of 45 Chapters ready to make change on campus and abroad!
Joining the Nourish Network:
- California State Polytechnic Institute – Pomona
- Columbia University
- Davidson College
- Emory University
- Hope College
- Middlebury College
- New York University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Syracuse University
- University of California – Berkeley
- University of California – Santa Cruz
- University of Dayton
- University of Idaho
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of Washington
- University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Virginia Tech
- Wellesley College
If you plan to attend the Summer Institute this August, you will have the chance to meet representatives from ALL of our new Chapters. Please share your experiences with our new students to welcome them to Nourish!
We are proud to announce that Jared Staley (OSU ’15) and Brandon Agranovich (Miami ’16) are joining our Board of Directors as our Student Board Members! During their one year term, Jared and Brandon will represent Nourish’s student voice in the top level of our organization, as well as c0-lead our national Student Advisory Board. Many thanks to our outgoing Student Board Members, John McCreary (UT ’12) and Nicole Devereaux (UNM ’13) for their leadership during the 12-13 year.
Jared Staley is a junior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing his B.S. in Architecture and a minor in Design. He served as Marketing Director and Co-Chapter Leader for his Chapter, and will be taking on the new Outreach position. In addition to Nourish, Jared is involved in SERVitecture, a service oriented organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity; Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council, an advisory board of 18 students that act as liaisons between the faculty and staff and students; University Honors & Scholars Ambassadors, a volunteer organization that works closely with incoming Honors & Scholars freshmen; and Kuhn Honors and Scholars House Student Staff Assistant, a clerical work position where he works closely with the Advancement Officer, promoting Honors and Scholars events and initiatives. Jared’s passion for Nourish International, globalization, and alleviating poverty has propelled him to pursue future work in sustainable architecture and affordable housing. When he has free time, Jared enjoys reading, listening to new music, photography, working out, and his new-found pleasure in yoga.
Brandon Agranovich is a sophomore at Miami University and member of the Farmer School of Business Honors Program. He is pursing a B.S. in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish and entrepreneurship. In his Miami Chapter, Brandon served as the Chapter Representative and member of the ventures committee, while also serving as the Regional Representative for his region. He hopes to bring his experience in running his own businesses for over 10 years, as well as his experience in social entrepreneurship to help Nourish’s mission reach more people. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golf, traveling, and volunteering.
Nourish is thrilled to announce another 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the Claremont Colleges, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh to the Nourish family!
Manya Janowitz is entering her sophomore year at Pomona College in Claremont, California, studying International Relations and French. Manya has always been interested in equality and social justice. Recently, she has expanded her interests globally and has begun to focus on sustainable development in college. She came across Nourish International and immediately fell in love with its mission, work, and model. She could not be more excited to bring it to the five Claremont Colleges and is confident the chapter will blossom and thrive. An avid actress, her passions include theater, tea, and yoga. Manya will continue to fight for a more equitable allocation of the world’s resources throughout her life, and she thinks the power we have to create change is astounding.
Jacob Fiksel will be a sophomore at Pomona College next year. He is majoring in economics with a minor in mathematics. Combating global poverty through sustainable community projects became his true passion after volunteering for six weeks in a Paraguayan community in the summer of 2010. In his free time he enjoys exercising, enjoying the company of his friends, and listening to music. Some of his favorite artists include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nas, and the Notorious BIG. He cannot wait to bring Nourish to the Claremont Colleges to work with fellow students on building a successful venture and fighting global poverty.
Carli Coughanowr is a junior at Indiana University studying Psychology and Pre-Medicine and completing a minor in Chemistry. While visiting UGA on her spring break 2012, Carli was introduced to Nourish International. She immediately knew Nourish would be a great fit at Indiana University. Carli decided to found the chapter with Mallory Harnish, a very good friend. She is very excited to see the variety of students that will become involved in the nourish chapter. Over the summer of 2012 Carli will make her second short-term mission trip to Poland. The first trip gave her the passion she has for international work on eradicating poverty. With the free time Carli has, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking runs on the beautiful IU campus, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Carli wishes to practice medicine internationally one day and is excited to see where the new Nourish chapter will go at IU!
Mallory Harnish is entering her junior year at Indiana University majoring in Accounting and Finance. Coming into college as a freshman Mallory got involved in many organizations but wanted to find an organization fully focused on giving back and addressing global poverty. When she found Nourish International, Mallory knew this organization would be great for her campus. In her free time Mallory enjoys working out, listening to music, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, and being outdoors.
Alex Deuley is starting her sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. She is undecided on her major but is considering Business, Economics, and Spanish. She has never left the country but has big travel plans in her future. Alex is very excited to propel into the fight against poverty and to bring such an engaging organization to Pitt’s campus. She has great faith that the message and principles of Nourish will be well-received and supported by the student body. In her free time, Alex enjoys playing any sport, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Nourish is thrilled to announce 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the University of Minnesota, Randolph-Macon College, Juniata College, and Boston University to the Nourish family!
Read on to learn more about these Chapter Founders:
Hanna Mihalko is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Genetics with a minor in Spanish Studies. While studying in Ecuador this past year, she was confronted with the devastating lack of basic needs in many communities. As she left Ecuador, Hanna was motivated to join the global fight to eradicate poverty and found Nourish as a practical way to pursue this dream. In her free time, Hanna loves to go biking in Minneapolis, hike along the Mississippi river, and cook with her friends.
Valeria Vargas Brenes is a United World College graduate that is currently a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College, VA. She’s from Costa Rica but lived in Norway for two years while studying at RCNUWC. Her majors are Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Film. She was part of the founding group of the Peñas Culturales in Costa Rica and preformed her own poetry in these events for about three years. Valeria is excited to serve as Chapter Leader for the Nourish International Chapter at R-MC.
Shuyan Zhan is a rising sophomore in Randolph-Macon College. She is double-majoring in French and Econ/Business and minoring in English. As a Chinese student currently studying in the US, she is always fascinated by cultural encounters and is thrilled by the possibilities that Nourish International offers to foster outreach between different communities. She has a deep understanding of poverty and passion for a possible solution for the problems in impoverished areas. She is eagerly looking forward to the successful launch of Nourish on her campus.
Andrea Morillo is entering her sophomore year at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA studying Integrated Media Arts with an emphasis in Business. As a Honduran, she’s always been aware of poverty and has always known she would dedicate her life to improving the living conditions of those in need. She is extremely grateful for her education and she withes to provide other Hondurans with opportunities for education. She strongly believes in Nourish’s capacity to make a difference and she’s extremely excited to be a part of it. In her free time she enjoys drawing, traveling and spending time with her family.
My name is Pooja Shah, and I will be a junior at Boston University in the 2012-2013 academic year, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My dream is to become a Doctor and ultimately join Doctors Without Borders. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, reading, and going home to CT to spend time with my family.
My passion for international healthcare stemmed from traveling to India and understanding that underprivileged communities in Third-World Countries need and deserve our help the most. I love to teach, and I believe that education and the appropriate resources are critical tools in building a successful and sustainable community. I believe that Nourish is the key to providing these tools and making a lasting global impact. I am excited about bringing Nourish to BU, and I believe that it will flourish here because BU is an integrative university with students passionate about facilitating change.
Chapters have the opportunity each month to compete to win a $50 prize for their Chapter that they may use for start-up capital, project finance, or something fun or special for their Chapter. The challenges feature Ventures, Projects, Awareness, Marketing and more!
For March, chapters were invited to submit a short blog post on a venture implemented by their Chapter that improved significantly over the course of the 11-12 school year. Chapters included information on any changes in profitability, alterations to planning and implementing the Venture, and how they think their Venture improved.
The winner for the April Chapter Challenge was The University of Georgia! They submitted the following:
Over the course of this the 2011-2012 academic year, UGA’s Sidewalk Symphonies venture has developed significantly. Sidewalk was created when a Nourish member linked their involvement to the school radio program, WOUG, with their participation in Nourish. Every Thursday night two local bands are lined up to play at a local restaurant in Athens, giving the artists exposure, more costumers to the restaurants, and more funding for our project from a percentage of sales. This semester we have made monumental strides in developing this venture. We now have a marketing chair who designs our posters weekly, a poster coordinator who organizes the man power to flyer around campus, a social media chair who advertises on Facebook and updates our calendar with weekly band and location information, and a person who informs the audience about Nourish and our project mid-way through the performance. Our success has even inspired the University of South Florida to start a Sidewalk Symphony of their own. Our newest plans involve hosting Live Remote through WOUG at the restaurants. This means that the WUOG will have live broadcasts on the radio and the online in real time to reach an even greater, more diverse population on and off campus. We anticipate our promising future with this venture!
The Wake Forest Chapter recently ran a new and exciting venture that was dreamed up at the 2011 Summer Institute. The Wake Forest and Vanderbilt Chapters won the Venture Competition with their idea for refurbishing coolers used by fraternities on their “Beach Weekends” and selling them on campus. The fraternity members invite girls to accompany them to “Beach Weekend” and, following tradition, the girls paint coolers for the boys.
Wake Forest collected used coolers donated by the fraternity members, refurbished them, and sold them to girls who were invited to this spring’s weekend. The chapter sold 23 coolers at an average price of $30. In total, they believe that they will profit approximately $600.
The money raised will be used to support their project in Nicaragua this summer. They will be partnering with the Penn chapter to work with a local organization, Atraves. The students from Penn and Wake Forest will be working on a project to furnish a computer lab and teach children about health and nutrition with Atraves.
The Wake Forest Chapter Leader, Ellie Meyer, had this to say on the Cooler venture:
It was a great achievement for our chapter to successfully accomplish this venture! It’s been a long process, starting with brainstorming the specific idea at last year’s Summer Institute, and leading up to delivering the completed coolers in the last two weeks. This venture was relevant to the culture of Wake Forest, and it spread our name and mission throughout campus. We are so excited because we are still such a new chapter that this venture will definitely help us grow, in terms of membership and also success, in the future.