In the last few weeks, Nourish Chapters have been recognized several times for their hard work and dedication in several different news outlets. We are excited to share these features with you and continue to spread the word about the amazing work our Chapters are doing!
The Daily Pensylvanian recently published an article on the project the University of Pennsylvania and Wake Forest University will be implementing in Nicaragua this summer. Click on the link below to read about how these chapters are establishing computer access for health clinic staff.
The Daily Nexus published an article regarding the work that the UCSB and the UCD chapters will be doing in Nepal. Read on to see how these chapters are expanding a school in a small Nepalese Village.
With the excellent fundraising in The Giving Challenge this month, the challenge’s host website Razoo has featured Nourish on their homepage with a guest post written by our very own Chapter Coordinator, Sarah Miller!
Clear your calendars for March 24th and plan on attending the Lonerider Showdown benefiting Nourish International! Lonerider Brewing Company in Raleigh, NC is hosting a Western-themed party in Moore Square featuring great bands, craft beers, rare beers, a cornhole tournament, and a photo-booth. The best part is profits will support Nourish International in our mission to eradicate poverty by engaging students and empowering communities. Get ready to sport those cowboy boots!
Tickets go on sale January 20th. Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase! Click here for more event details.
The University of Georgia’s Alumni Association recently printed an article about the successes of the UGA Nourish Chapter. “We were so excited to hear the recent news concerning the Nourish International Chapter here at the University of Georgia. We have shared this exciting story through our blog on the UGA Alumni Association website”, says UGA Alumni Association worker Kaelin Caldwell. Keep up the good work UGA!
The article can be viewed here: http://www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/blog/12664
Nourish International is excited to be the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Park Foundation. This grant will fund the Nourish Fellowship, a program that provides Nourish chapters around the country with an increased level of support from the National Office. We are honored to receive continued support from the Park Foundation, having received an additional 15,000 grant in December 2010.
The Park Foundation’s mission is to support scholarships in higher education, quality media that heightens public awareness of critical issues, and protection of the environment. “Nourish International is today’s intercollegiate response to today’s and tomorrow’s global needs,” says Park Foundation Trustee Bill Bondurant. “It is youthful, positive, entrepreneurial, world-conscious, educational and energizing. These are among the reasons that the Park Foundation has been happy to encourage Nourish International’s impressive growth.”
Tom Meehan was selected as the first Nourish fellow and started his position on June 20th. With his help, the National Office is increasing the number of hours every week spent providing direct training, mentorship, and support to each chapter. This is part of the National Office’s larger strategy of investing in building the capacity of the Nourish movement.
Many thanks to the Park Foundation—we are excited and honored that they continue to join us in eradicating poverty.
UNC’s Nourish Chapter recently partnered with the Kenan Flager Business School to host Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green and a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. Echoing Green seeks to unleash and invest in the talent of the next generation to solve the world’s biggest problems, and Dorsey’s public lecture at UNC was a chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges social entrepreneurs face as they work to achieve positive global change.
Dorsey was the first Echoing Green fellow to lead the global social venture fund that has invested almost $30 million in start-up capital to 500 entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations. She has served in two presidential administrations and is currently serving on several boards including City Year and DonorsChoose.org. In 2009, she was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report and in 2010, she was named as one of The NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50.” She is a forward-thinker and spoke on how to create change in turbulent times.
Dorsey believes that social innovation is the best way to address problems globally and suggests increased peer-to-peer learning and sharing as a way to facilitate large-scale change. Echoing Green focuses on human capital as a way to solve problems, and organizations such as Teach for America, Embrace and SHE have come out of innovative Fellows with big ideas. Dorsey also recommends researching the organizations in the fields that you are passionate about because there are so many that could use your specialized talents, passion and drive to further their impact.
She cited Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey as her favorite changemakers, based on their integrity, strength and courage, and believes that organizations like Echoing Green can bring out these qualities in individuals. The organization will stand with the leaders of tomorrow, which is a crucial part of social change infrastructure. Personally, she would like to see people acknowledging their full potential to unlock their full majesty and create meaningful change in the world.
This past weekend, March 17-21, 2011, staff members Allie and Ryan attended the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation. The conference was held at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston. Allie attended as a Fellow, alongside 109 other young leaders selected as models for achieving social impact, and Ryan, a former Fellow, was a mentor at the Institute.
The mission of StartingBloc is to educate, inspire and connect emerging leaders to drive social innovation across sectors, and their vision is that young (20-29 year-old) Fellows will use the network of social entrepreneurs they build at StartingBloc to launch innovative organizations, guide policies, and initiate partnerships that tackle social, economic and environmental challenges around the world. StartingBloc is continually looking for emerging leaders in the social sector who are passionate about changing the world and who are able to work with people from other disciplines to tackle global problems.
The institute is a chance for every Fellow, each bringing a different skill to the table, to connect with other Fellows that have complementary skills. At each institute, they hold a Social Innovation Competition where the Fellows are split into teams of 6 and challenged to come up with a plan to address a given issue and present it to the conference. This year, teams were challenged to decide how they would combat climate change if they were given $100 million to invest. This was a great exercise in working as a team across disciplines to find smart solutions to a big problem.
Along with the Innovation Competition, Allie and Ryan attended educational workshops on topics like “Transformative Action” and “Effective Communication & Making Your Pitch,” and they also entered ideas into the “Ideas Marketplace.” During this time, set up similarly to the TEDTalks, participants had 60 seconds to talk about anything, such as projects they had in mind or sustainable solutions to long-term problems.
Allie said, “As a graduate, the StartingBloc Institute was a great opportunity for me to partake in some of the same activities that our Nourish students do. They all come from different backgrounds and have different skill sets and yet they are able to come together to tackle localized programs like public health in Peru, microfinance in Ghana, and sustainable farming in Honduras. I was able to engage in projects with and connect with other people who are interested in becoming more entrenched in the social entrepreneurship space like I am.”
Some notable companies that have emerged as a result of StartingBloc fellowships include ZipCar, Terra Cycle, and Design That Matters.
One Day One Job, a site founded in 2007 that features a new entry-level job daily for college students and recent grads, recently featured Nourish International on their blog. They briefly described Sindhura’s vision, along with our most profitable venture, Hunger Lunch, as an example of how student innovation can make a huge difference. Nourish was featured as an illustration of a special non-profit, “born with a sense of scrappiness and youthful idealism.” What a great interpretation of our student-led movement! They publicized Nourish’s Chapter Founders Program as well as the recently launched Fellows Program, citing our serious desire to expand to college campuses across the US and do meaningful work. Check out the post here!
During the weekend of February 25-27, 2011, Nourish staff members Ryan, Allie and Sarah attended the first global Ashoka U Exchange, sponsored by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, which is a community of social entrepreneurs. The conference, held at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, was a way for educators, administrators, students, employers and investors from over 60 colleges and universities on four continents to exchange ideas, exchange perspectives, and exchange innovations.
Both Ashoka and Nourish see Universities as Global Engines of Change, and this was an incredible opportunity for the Nourish staff to connect with other social entrepreneurs and college students, share the Nourish model and learn more about what other organizations are doing to build a generation of changemakers. Nourish staff attended various workshops throughout the weekend on topics such as Peer-to-Peer Social Entrepreneurship Teaching, Teaching Social Venture Plans, and Combining Universities and Communities to spark college towns into hotbeds of social innovation.
On Saturday afternoon, Nourish had the privilege of serving “Hunger Lunch” to the 250 attendees. Several interns from the Nourish Office, along with 4 students from the Duke Nourish Chapter, were present to stand at 2 informational tables and answer any questions that guests had regarding Nourish International. By serving this nutritious meal of rice, beans and cornbread, Nourish was able to draw attention to a typical meal eaten by millions in poverty around the world while celebrating the work of students at Nourish Chapters across the US who are actively engaged in poverty alleviation through venture creation and sustainable development projects.
Nourish is honored to be a part of the growing community of young social innovators and was encouraged by the dialogue between staff members and young changemakers who are eager to spread the word about Nourish on their campuses.
Nourish International’s Executive Director Ryan Richards and Board Chairman Ryan Allis recently spoke on a panel at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on the topic of “Young Philanthropy and Youth-Led Social Entrepreneurship”. This interactive panel discussion was an event sponsored by the UN Programme on Youth, together with Search for Common Ground, in light of the “International Year of the Youth” (IYY).
The panel addressed the increasing importance of youth volunteerism in the realm of national and global efforts to boost development, social change, and economic growth. Although they are a huge asset, youth often lack the necessary funding required for real change, and this panel was a chance to showcase the partnership between young executives such as Ryan Allis and leaders of youth movements such as Ryan Richards who are addressing global poverty. The duo is a model of the collaboration between philanthropy and passion; both believe, as did many of the other panelists, that if young philanthropists are fueling youth movements to address global poverty, youth can be a powerful advancer of the Millennium Development Goals. When asked if the world really needed another nonprofit, Richards stressed that “ what is being done now to address global poverty is not enough, The traditional model of government-to-government foreign aid has an abysmal track record, and there is a dire need for more innovative, more grassroots approaches to addressing global poverty.” Richards vouched for the importance of partnerships with communities rather than top-down solutions, since it is the challenge and opportunity of the youth generation to make extreme poverty history.
As a young executive, Allis believes that business is the most powerful force reducing global poverty due to its fundamental role in job creation. As a millennial committed to eradicating extreme poverty in his lifetime, Allis is committed to starting, investing in and promoting responsible business in developing countries. He is particularly encouraged by the upward movement of key performance indicators of human development across the globe. “If you look at infant mortality, lifespan, education levels, and other key indicators of human development, everything is moving in the right direction, just not fast enough.” Young entrepreneurs such as Allis play a critical role in helping fuel youth movements such as Nourish International, and Richards thanked him for contributing his resources, expertise, connections and star power to support Nourish. “Nourish’s relationship with Allis is a real partnership,” stated Richards. “He brings so much to the table and Nourish, in turn, is a great vehicle for him to make a bigger impact on global poverty. “
Ryan Richards said that he came away from the panel feeling invigorated and encouraged. “Nourish is part of a global movement of young people who are compelled to make a difference on a grand scale,” he said. Richards said that he was also pleased to see how prominently Nourish is featured in that movement. “Our students are making a huge difference already, but this is only the beginning. Nourish’s impact is poised to explode.”
This panel discussion prompted important dialogue between young philanthropists and entrepreneurs and rising youth leaders are anticipating a larger UN conference in June which would address many of the same core issues.
The UN has dubbed August 2010-August 2011 the IYY and has given it the slogan, “Our Year. Our Voice.” Throughout the year, the UN is inviting everyone to promote the ideals of peace, freedom, progress and solidarity towards the promotion of youth development. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Youth should be given a chance to take an active part in the decision-making of local, national and global levels.”