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Tiyatien Health is a Changemaker

Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.

VOTO Mobile

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

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More Voices, Better Choices

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2012

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Ghana, AS, Kumasi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if every citizen could have a say in the projects and policies that affect their lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Traditional ways of engaging the world’s poorest people are expensive, inefficient, and leave the most marginalized people out of the conversation. Distance, infrastructure, and language/literacy create barriers to insightful communication; the result is many unheard voices and a lack of reach and feedback for programs. Eg: many boreholes are not functional because those who use them, often illiterate women, are unable to reach their local gvmts.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through our first-hand experiences with the limitations to citizen engagement, and observing the rapid growth in mobile penetration, we developed a mobile information sharing and feedback platform. After results from initial SMS surveys yielded low-response rates and a bias towards male and urban respondents, we focused our platform on voice engagement. Voice has the benefits of cutting across language and literacy abilities, as well as providing richer engagement and trust building opportunities. VOTO is a designed-in-Africa platform that enables organizations to easily launch real-time feedback, health education, behaviour change and policy design low-cost programs across sectors, achieving 10X better engagement than SMS methods.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Last month, we worked with the World Bank to help turn out the vote in a provincial participatory budget process in Brazil. We sent non-partisan emails, SMS and voice messages to over 100,000 (50% women) registered voters. The results are powerful. With the government, we were able to establish a similar-sized control group and we are now able to prove that our intervention increased voter turn-out by more than 30%, with voice messages to women being the most effective (academic publication pending). We’ve used the results from this experiment to convince 4 district governments in Northern Ghana to set-up 300-people strong panels (>70% women) to prioritize and rate government infrastructure projects (bore holes, clinics, etc.)

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In 24 months since our launch, our product has been used by 300 organizations to reach over 300,000 people across 22 countries. Our partners include The World Bank, UNICEF, the UNDP, Camfed, McKinsey&Co, Stanford University, Innovations for Poverty Action, FarmRadio, Facebook/Internet.org and IDEO.org. VOTO is becoming the standard mobile for development platform across sectors. Projects include journalists running national public interest surveys, rural clinics distributing maternal health education, policy makers studying vaccine supply chains, economic development organizations reaching out to farmers, urban planners monitoring water distribution access, and academics researching the effect of public health interventions. We have helped the Gates Foundation redesign fridges along African vaccine cold-chains, and the Government of Ghana get feedback on the price of electrical power.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Partners we’ve shared results with have been inspired and keen to get started. As such, our growth strategy is: 1- Continue to implement academically rigorous projects in a number of sectors to demonstrate the power of voice. 2- Develop an open-source library of best practices involving voice-based engagement: “VOTO University”. This is a young science and we want everyone to share their know-how with the world. 3- Refine the self-service platform and aggregate our demand for airtime such that we can continue to lower the cost and further democratize this powerful tool.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

VOTO is currently cash flow positive. Our business model is software-as-a-service where our customers pay by subscription and pay-per-use. We also manage one-off projects, such as public interest surveys and emergency response hotlines. As we look to scale globally, we will continue to partner with foundations, NGOs and social enterprises, as well as further develop our self-service capabilities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are 3 substitutes to our solution. 1- Traditional approaches: media (radio, TV) or in-person extension, are respectively difficult to target/monitor and expensive. 2- SMS communication typically has low engagement, and a strong male/urban bias. This is because they require literacy, a pre-existing trust relationship, and is prone to spamming. 3- Smartphone applications require the respondent to have a smartphone (still a minority in most of Africa and South Asia) and to install an app. Voice is by far the cheapest, easiest to target and most inclusive of all strategies.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The founders of VOTO spent many years working with government agencies in West Africa to help them better understand the needs of their beneficiaries, and the impact of their programs. To do this, we organized complex in-person surveys involving motorbikes and clipboards. By their nature, they were infrequent, and their results were often obsolete within 48hrs. The explosion of mobile in most parts of Africa presents a disruptive opportunity. We first set-up an SMS survey platform, but got a very low participation (2.8%) and a strong male and urban bias. This didn’t solve our problem. When we moved to voice however, we got a >30% (>10x!) participation rate, with near even female/male and rural/urban participation. We had our solution!

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

VOTO's greatest strength is our rockstar studded and super dedicated team of world-class engineers, designers and client managers. VOTO has offices in Kumasi (Ghana), San Francisco and Toronto. Our team of 18 is is 40% female, ~50% techies, 60% Ghanaian and cuts across 4 nationalities. The Senior Management Team (3 people) consists of 3 engineers, 2 MBAs, 1 PhD, a professional banku eating champion, and a Ghana ultimate Frisbee legend.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Africa Content Award - m-Government and Participation Finalist
Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award Finalist
Meffys - Social Responsibility & Development Finalist

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka Communications

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have over 300 partners that have used our service in 22 countries to reach more than 300,000 people. Some of these partners include: the World Bank, UNICEF, the UNDP, McKinsey&Co, the Gates Foundation, the Center for Global Development, FarmRadio International, the Government of Ghana, Innovations for Poverty Action, Stanford University, IDEO.org, Facebook/Internet.org, and many many more.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Reaching some of the world's poorest people on their phone is not easy. To achieve record engagement rates, we typically: 1) call the respondents, since incoming calls are free, 2) ask the respondents if they would rather be called in the morning, afternoon or evening, 3) provide a small lottery-based reward for completing the program, 4) use our retry pattern feature which calls a respondent until they pick-up to account for bad telco network quality, dead batteries, or simply calling at the wrong time, and 5) the use of our mid-survey pick-up feature that calls is dropped mid-survey.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Pace Phillips
Associate Director of Programs, West Africa
Innovations for Poverty Action www.poverty-action.org
Cell: 828-678-0433
Office: 203-772-2216 ext. 249
Skype: pace.phillips
Email: pphillips@poverty-action.org

We are working with Pace on a number of projects related to access to healthcare in West Africa.

Bartholomew Sullivan
Radio & ICT Manager
Farm Radio International
t: +255 786 082 881|e: bsullivan@farmradio.org | skype: surfacescan

We are working with Bart on a number of projects related to access to agricultural extension throughout Africa.

Dr. Fredrik M. Sjoberg
World Bank - Digital Engagement Research
http://sites.google.com/site/fredrikmsjoberg/
E-mail: fredrik.m.sjoberg@gmail.com
Mobile (USA): +1 347 843 3248
Skype: fredrikmatiassjoberg

We are working with Fredrik on a number of projects related to governance throughout the world.

Product of Prison

Product of Prison (POP) helps prisoners break the cycle of poverty, re-offending and imprisonment by supporting them to develop the skills they need to successfully return to their families and communities. We see the person behind the prisoner, and their potential.

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Skills to Freedom

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2011

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Not registered

Organization Country

Uganda

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Product of Prison (POP) helps prisoners break the cycle of poverty, re-offending and imprisonment by supporting them to develop the skills they need to successfully return to their families and communities. We see the person behind the prisoner, and their potential.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we would see the person behind the prisoner and develop their potential to create a better life for them, their families and communities

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Many prisoners in Uganda come from poor families and have had little or no formal education. Prisoners live in overcrowded cells, food is poor quality, and they have little chance to take part in any activities that will aid their rehabilitation. When people get out of prison, life does not get easier. There is a high risk of social exclusion, poverty and reoffending.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

POP focuses on stimulating entrepreneurship among prisoners and building their long term employability. We train prisoners in vocational skills with which they can set up home-based and low-cost income generating activities, like hairdressing, tailoring, candle making and beading. To better prepare prisoners for life after prison, we also provide training in important life skills and we offer them paid employment in prison. With the income prisoners earn for their work for POP, they are able to improve their living conditions in prison (e.g. proper food and a blanket), support their families (e.g. school fees of their children) and to save up some income to re-start their lives after prison

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Patrick spend years on death-row. Condemned prisoners are officially not allowed to work, since rehabilitation is not deemed necessary. Against all odds, Patrick got permission to start up small-scale activities in paper-bead making. His death sentence has now been converted to a prison sentence. He’s in charge of a workshop, where he trains 5 to 10 fellow prisoners per month in craft skills. POP supports this amazing initiative by buying the crafts and by helping them with product development. With the money Patrick earns, he is able to pay for the school fees of his daughter. Patrick is also the prison coordinator of POP’s training in computer, career and reintegration skills and coordinates the training of around 150 prisoners a year.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The work of POP does not only have a positive impact on prisoners, but also on their partners, children and the community. Between 2011 and 2014 we have supported over 1,300 prisoners, which has also had a positive impact on their families and communities. We give prisoners vocational skills, job skills and work experience, so they are better able to take care of themselves and their families. Our work gives prisoners the financial means to buy necessities in prison, to contribute to their families and their children’s school fees and to save up some funds to re-start their lives after prison. POP stimulates entrepreneurship of former prisoners and encourages them to train and employ their community members. Our holistic Profit for Purpose model will eventually create a safer society: a reduction of poverty, re-offending and return to prison.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our solution has big potential to be scaled up. Not only by our own organisation, for this concept could be replicated by any organisation or government in a developing country that wishes to improve rehabilitation and reintegration programmes. Uganda has 239 prisons and 41,836 prisoners. We can now only reach 14 prisons and around 500 prisoners a year. With more resources, we could provide skills training in other prisons and we could set up more reintegration centres to offer temporary employment to released prisoners and support with the transition back to their communities.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability is at the heart of our projects. They become sustainable by selling products made by the prisoners and we offer their services to the local community. The prisoners receive a fair income for their work and once for example the community-based tailoring centre has enough product demand, the centre can offer employment to more former prisoners and extend its activities to broaden the product range.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are no other organisations in Uganda that support prisoners by giving them vocational skills, job skills and paid work experience. Established in 2011, we have developed an innovative and entrepreneurial model that works. POP has created a model that is effective, efficient and sustainable to ensure long-term change. POP has a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) and our projects are coordinated and run by the prison staff and prisoners.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The founder wanted to specifically work with this group of people, because they are a group that is usually forgotten or seen as a burden to society. She believes that the people who we think deserve our support the least because of their actions, actually need our attention the most. After working with prisoners in Burundi and Uganda, she felt inspired by their hope, resilience and potential, but also noticed the difficulties prisoners face in breaking the cycle of poverty and crime. She was highly motivated to prevent prisoners from becoming dependent on aid by focusing on their potential and by providing skills and opportunities to those prisoners who are determined to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

POP currently has four employees who receive compensation for their full-time work. All staff receive a local Ugandan salary. The Board Members do not receive compensation for their work. The foundation works with volunteers as much as possible.

• Celesta (Founding Director).
• Alex (Project Coordinator)
• Jacqueline (Project Coordinator Northern Uganda).
• Thijs (Business Development Manager).

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

In 2014 we have been nominated for the ASN Bank World Award 2014, in the category Safety and Social Cohesion. We made it to the final 4 projects.
We have received many letters of appreciation from (former) prisoners and participating prisons.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

It was brought to our attention by our current funder, Forward Foundation.

Tell us about your partnerships:

POP has a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) that governs our cooperation on the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Uganda. All our projects are set up in consultation with the Prisons Headquarters and in cooperation with the management of the respective prisons. To ensure the sustainability of our projects, all projects are coordinated and run by prison staff and prisoners.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The prison context with its security constraints, rules and regulations can cause serious delays and interruptions that can undermine projects. Through clear agreements with the respective prison sections about the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, POP will prevent challenges like the reallocation of prison staff. POP also takes into account more time to implement projects and will hold regular progress meetings to offset problems and reach project targets.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

1. A. Chojnicka is the Head of Programmes at our current funder Forward Foundation.

2. The second reference is a released prisoner, who participated in our Candle Skills Project. He's now in the process of starting his own workshops:

*Since contact information is publicly displayed we removed the email address and phone number for each. We will provide these on request.*

Drums in the Dark

Drums in the Dark seeks to change the existing paradigms & mental models around blind people. We aim at generating connections through respect, admiration & positive emotions.
This will be done by live music performances, corporate workshops & classes at elementary schools led by blind people.

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Project Subtitle

Close your Eyes · Connect

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Drums in the Dark seeks to change the existing paradigms & mental models around blind people. We aim at generating connections through respect, admiration & positive emotions.
This will be done by live music performances, corporate workshops & classes at elementary schools led by blind people.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if our community valued and included every person regardless of their physical condition?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The exclusion of visually impaired (VI) in Kenya. This translates into lack of job options & poverty. After extensive primary & secondary research, we identified the 4 main root causes.
- Negative perception towards VI (seen as hopeless & dependent)
- High costs to hire a blind person (600k VI in Kenya - Only 1% employed)
- Lack of employable skills amongst the VI population (Only 1% are literate)
- Lack of enforcement of disability laws

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Initially,we will address the most significant root cause, the perception towards VI, to have subsequent effects such as job creation.
We aim at generating a systemic change by applying a holistic approach, targeting different age groups with specific activities led by visually impaired.
-Through workshops at primary schools, new generations will grow up respecting and admiring VI for their enhanced abilities
-Through live performances,we seek to spark on young adults a sense of connection through positive emotions that allows VI to be naturally included in social contexts
-Through corporate workshops and teambuilding retreats,our goal is to consolidate a perception towards VI as an employable labour force for a wide range of industries

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A middle-class Kenyan father has just changed his perception towards visually impaired (VI). After attending a team-building workshop given at his company, his new admiration made him consider adding them to his team to execute specific tasks.
His son (7) will grow up admiring VI due to the arts and music classes led by blind people at his school.He will be open and sympathetic towards VI and will eventually include them in his social circle.
His daughter (21) also modified her mental model towards the VI's capacities after attending a Drums in the Dark show at a music festival.
His other son (24) has just lost sight due to glaucoma. However, he now knows that he can still have a fulfilling life as a part of the Drums in the Dark team.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

So far our impact has been seen in our 5 artists’ self-esteem levels and in the change of perception in people that have seen them play together.
Once the artists acquire the necessary skills and the sufficient confidence, we will be ready to start performing in music festivals and diverse live shows. We already have a solid network to make these live shows a reality. It is through them where we expect to generate a new type of connection, generating a new, positive, mental model.
Through our workshop in corporations and schools we will ensure that our impact will last and spread throughout the different segments of the society. New generations will grow to admire VI, young adults will connect with them & executives will want to hire them.
We truly believe that our real impact will be creating a new pattern for society as a whole by changing the way we interact with disabled people.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

In one year we will double our local team of blind people to run corporate workshops.
After probing the success of our model, we will adapt it to Brazil where we will replicate it, thus doubling the entire team(within 2 years).
A replicable free franchise model will be developed based on the best practices & lessons learned from Kenya & Brazil. We will scale by offering our free franchise to the national associations for visually impaired in each country for them to implement(within 5 years).
In 10 years a more inclusive community will emerge by unlocking VI's potential around the world.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The plan to financially sustain our initiative is based on three main pillars:

1) Donations to create the foundation of our social enterprise.
2) Revenue generation through corporate workshops lead by blind musicians as well as classes at private schools in Nairobi.
3) Revenue generation through live performances at top venues and music festivals. This brand will be later used to get sponsors and sell merchandizing.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

As we are exploring a relatively untapped part of the market we see many opportunities of growth. We pretend to interact and collaborate with different blind advocacy organizations such as Dialogue in the Dark, Blind Musicians, NFB. By doing it, we envision to create new synergies to benefit blind people.
The key difference of our initiative is to connect different segments of society through positive psychology, admiration, music, and entertainment. Besides, our unique competitive advantage is the scientifically proven abilities of blind musicians based on their enhanced senses.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Drums in the Dark was born in Nairobi, Kenya as a part of a Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Social Innovation Management at the Amani Institute. It was there where Santiago Cortes, Santiago Del Giudice and Rodrigo Alarcón met and began working on systemic solutions to address community issues. After working in the private, public and social sector in different countries, they came all the way yo Kenya to deepen their knowledge and skills to tackle global challenges in our communities.
It was the love for arts & music, the experience living with blind people and our deep commitment with social change that generated this innovative idea and it is that passion which will drives us to make it an operational reality.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Santiago Cortes -CEO: Diverse experience in management consulting, the United Nations & Kiva. Masters in Strategic Management
Santiago del Giudice -Managing Director: Experience in communications strategy for public institutions. Extensive experience working and living with blind people
Rodrigo Alarcon-Design & Innovation: Over 15 years of experience in the private sector consulting
Daniel Mburu-Talent Development:Profesional Musician-Drummer

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Hivos Social Innovation Awards 2014: We are currently amongst the 14 finalists for the Hivos Social Innovation Awards 2014.
Amani Institute: Our initiative was highly valued as a final project of the Social Innovation Management Post-Graduate in Nairobi.
Kenya Society for the Blind: “Appreciation Certificate issued by Kenya Society for the Blind (KSB) in recognition of our work towards the prevention of blindness, rehabilitation, training and education of the blind.”

Where have you learnt about the competition?

It were invited to apply by Peris Wakesho, Regional Director of Ashoka East Africa

Tell us about your partnerships:

Amani Institute: They have provided us with the necessary tools and methodologies to address social problems. Mentoring & Advise.

Sarakasi: They develop and promote culture, performing arts and entertainment in East-Africa. We have a shared mission to unlock potential amongst vulnerable populations.

Kenya Society for the Blind: Partnership based on the training of new life skills and logistic matters.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We will certainly face financial & operational challenges that will be only overcome with the commitment and business background of our management team, always will the essential help or our partners and support network.
Other challenges will include more social aspects such as the complexity of the behavioral change we are aiming at and the traditional exclusion and underestimation blind people face everyday.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Roshan Paul: Working with Ashoka for a decade he created and managed several initiatives to help the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. After attending Harvard for a MPP program, he is now the co-founder and President of the Amani Institute (Kenya & Brasil) roshanpaul@amaniinstitute.org +254727259834

Ilaina Rabbat: After working at Ashoka's headquarters in Washington DC as Latin America and Global Campaigns Manger she launched Ashoka’s El Salvador office. Now she is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Amani Institute. ilarabbat@amaniinstitute.org +254729807408

Soweto care of the aged

The Soweto Home for the aged is broke!! There are 122 elderly people that will not be able to be fed, have any health and medical attention and therefore will not be able to live with dignity. The home also provides jobs for 42 staff members that will not be able to provide for their families.

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Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project aims to reform how the adult criminal justice system treats children, by humanizing the sentencing and reintegration processes for youth in that system. Our goal is to reduce recidivism and help young people build a more positive and successful future.

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Youths4Change

Youths4Change is a community based organization which mentors and empowers youths of all abilities across Cameroon. Our flagship project ENVISION, creates inclusive environments, teaches youths with disabilities entrepreneurial skills and builds the self-esteem of youths living with disabilities.

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Project ENVISION

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Cameroon, NOT, Bamenda

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, NOT, Bamenda

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Youths4Change is a community based organization which mentors and empowers youths of all abilities across Cameroon. Our flagship project ENVISION, creates inclusive environments, teaches youths with disabilities entrepreneurial skills and builds the self-esteem of youths living with disabilities.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if youths of all abilities could work together side by side benefiting their communities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Cameroon, over 1 million people live with a disability and 80% are youth - these youth face the same factors which cause poverty for others, but also face added disadvantages. Children with disabilities face barriers to education; youths with disabilities face barriers to training and decent work. Most damaging of all, families and communities may think that people with disabilities are incapable of learning skills and working.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through mentoring, skills workshops and media awareness campaigns, Project ENVISION creates inclusive working environments and builds the self-esteem of youths living with disabilities. The mentoring we provide raises the aspirations of youths living with disabilities to get an education alongside with bursaries. Our skills sessions teach youths with disabilities skills such as craft, entrepreneurial skills and 21st century skills for the workplace. The media campaigns we run via social media and video logs promotes awareness and inclusivity as a national value.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Kum Desmond is a young man, visually impaired, who was brought to SAJOCAH (our main center) in 2004 as a young boy aged 10. Like most of the youth we work with, the center has been his home for as long as he can remember. Desmond is a bright and ambitious young man with dreams, dreams beyond the walls of the home he has come to know. Through Project ENVISION, Desmond is on track to receive a bursary for completion of his education and is receiving mentorship. Desmond is also learning the necessary skills to start an agricultural venture which is his vision. In addition, we have been able to purchase technology which enables visually impaired youths like Desmond to become IT literate.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We currently work with over 200 youths between the ages of 4 and 25. We have enabled over 20 children to go and stay in school, and 80 youths are learning entrepreneurial skills to start businesses. These youths are also receiving training in IT and social media through our media campaigns which enables them to manage and run video logs and social media campaigns. Overall we have enhanced confidence of youths living with disabilities and their perception in the community.

At an international level, we were selected by the Clinton Global Initiative University for Project ENVISION. and discussed our project with leading advisors most notably, President Obama’s Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, Judy Heuman.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Over the next 2 years, we plan to launch a state-wide and eventually, a national community outreach to deliver a mentoring and entrepreneurship program for youths living with disabilities. Our goal is to reach over the next 5 years at least 50% of the 800,000 youths living with disabilities across Cameroon.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our work is currently funded by individual donations and micro grants.
Going forward our plan for sustainability is centered around establishing a marketplace for Project ENVISION. Through our marketplace, we will sell the unique craft and other products handmade by our beneficiaries at our skill sessions. This avenue will provide employment and fair wages to youths living with disabilities in Cameroon.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

We are the first and only organization working specifically on employment issues and stigmatization facing youths living with disabilities. Most organizations working in this area focus primarily on school bursaries and donations. Our approach gives youths with disabilities a voice and instead of giving them fish, we teach them how to fish.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In 2012, Madelle graduated from LSE with a dual degree in Law and Anthropology and decided against following a traditional career path. She stepped out on a leap of faith with a vision to empower and mentor youths of all abilities across Cameroon and Youths4Change was born.
Motivated by the belief that the ability of youths with disabilities to take part and advance within any society depends on their full participation in the political, social, and economic realms, Madelle’s first project was Project ENVISION. Madelle’s aim is to spread the message through Project Envision is that – Disability is not Inability.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The team is led by the Executive Director supported by a Finance and Accounts officer. We also have a Business Development officer, External relations officer, Media and IT officer. Project ENVISION is run by a Program Manager and Program Assistant who are supported by volunteers. Our team members are mostly part time but we hope to recruit more full time as we raise more funds. Our Board is diverse and made up of seasoned professionals.

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Clinton Global Initiative University 2011 and 2012
Harambe Cameroon Business Plan Competition 2011
Future Leader Award UK 2012

Tell us about your partnerships

1. Watson University
We have partnered with Watson University, a semester long accelerator in Boulder, Colorado for student innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs that includes mentorship and short courses from some of the world’s foremost practitioners including a leader of the Nobel Peace Prize winning international campaign to ban Landmines, seasoned entrepreneurs, and a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet; award winning training inspired by Transformative Action Institute in the skills of empathy, creativity, resilience, fundraising, team-building, human centered design, and social aikido; the Watson Lab in which Scholars receive personalized coaching and connections to world-class mentors, partners and funders to pilot, prototype, and scale their ideas to shape the future.

Through this partnership, we are able to access world class mentoring techniques, entrepreneurial materials and resources which we use for our beneficiaries. Watson University also acts as a fiscal sponsor for Youths4Change, providing fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of projects.

2. Noble Social Group NGO
The Noble Social Group is a Non-governmental organization, apolitical, and non-profit making with the banner of Health for Life to the society of Cameroon and all over Africa. They have a mission is to alleviate poverty by first of all improving the quality of life and health of the less privileged, irrespective of their age, color, religion and racial affiliations, and secondly through capacity building to empower the local community to a self sustaining stage. They work with the poorest communities of Cameroon and take care of PLWHA, HIV/AIDS affected orphans and Vulnerable children in the suburbs.

The organization has a track record of organizing successful sensitization campaigns, working with youth and effective mentoring. We are able to leverage their expertise and methodology.

3. Hope For Women and Children
Founded in December 2007, HOWAC is an NGO in Cameroon with a mission to fight against exploitation, marginalization and discrimination against women and children in all its forms. They also seek to ensure the social reinsertion of children in the above situation for a better future in their respective families in particular and the society in general.
Working with HOWAC enables us to share resources and collaborate in grant proposals and requests.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our compensation package is not as competitive as those of large banks and corporations. This means our employees are part time.
As a result we have schedule certain project activities around conflicting schedules.
That is why we are actively seeking to launch Project ENVISON Artisans so we can generate revenue to enable us to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Through mentoring, skills workshops and media awareness campaigns, Project ENVISION creates inclusive working environments and builds the self-esteem of youths living with disabilities. The mentoring we provide raises the aspirations of youths living with disabilities to get an education alongside with bursaries. Our skills sessions teach youths with disabilities skills such as craft, entrepreneurial skills and 21st century skills for the workplace. The media campaigns we run via social media and video logs promotes awareness and inclusivity as a national value.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

6-12, 13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Disabled (physical/mental).

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Lack of youth empowerment

Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP)

Traditionally, Sundays are spent with the ones you care about, such as families and friends. Every Second Sunday of the month, physicians continue that tradition of compassion and caring by dedicating their time to provide health education and health screenings in underserved communities.

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1982

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Traditionally, Sundays are spent with the ones you care about, such as families and friends. Every Second Sunday of the month, physicians continue that tradition of compassion and caring by dedicating their time to provide health education and health screenings in underserved communities.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What If... A zip code only helped you find new friends instead of defining your life expectancy?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In California, people of color are disproportionately represented in adverse health outcomes related to HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease and Mental Illness. These health disparities are complicated by other factors such as socioeconomic status, literacy and even legislative policies. Achieving health equity in underserved and minority communities requires a strategic plan addressing these complex issues.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

In an era of innovation and technological advancement, simple strategies frequently remain the most effective. For communities with limited access to care, providing consistent, compassionate and culturally-appropriate interventions are critical to success.

ABWP will provide services and support to underserved communities through several different programs geared to empower and educate the members of those designated communities:
1. Mentoring Program to support youth and adolescents with interest and aptitude for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers
2. Wellness Series to encourage active participation in health maintenance
3. Advocacy to identify and support legislation that addresses health disparities.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

An African-American physician working at UCLA talks to a community group about the importance of eating healthy and how to buy affordable healthy food. A young Latina girl approaches the physician after the program ends and asks more questions about how diabetes can make her parents sick. The physician encourages the young girl to volunteer at her clinic over the summer. Encouraged by the support, the young girl starts a health project at her school and challenges everyone in the community to get involved. With the project's success and improvement in her grades, she receives a scholarship to college. After finishing medical school, she returns to her community to work. Rates of diabetes-related complications begin to decrease.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Through the Second Sundays health education and counseling program, an estimated 15,000 people will be reached. Of those 15,000, at least 2,500 will receive direct support and guidance in procuring insurance coverage, finding a medical home and effectively managing their health issues within the health care system. The decreased burden of acute care management will increase financial stability and provide more opportunities to seek out effective employment for these individuals.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Mentoring Program: Provides guided mentorship for those pursuing STEM careers.

The Wellness Series: Workshops are offered in community forums that serve to educate community members on primary prevention services. They also build a bridge between the medical establishment and the community.

Advocacy: Identify policy and legislative issues impacting the health of underserved communities

Network Council: Pool resources and ideas from over 100 community-focused organizations strategic initiatives shared by member organizations

Speaker’s Bureau: Support community health fairs

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This project will maintain financial sustainability through several funding sources:
1. Individual donations from donors and supporters of ABWP
2. Sponsorship from other community-based organizations for health education activities
3. Application for federal, state and foundation grant support

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Multiple community organizations attempt to address health disparities in under served communities. Most function as individual organizations and do not establish partnerships between communities, nonprofit organizations and academic health centers in a productive and sustained fashion. Given the long-standing relationship between UCLA and ABWP, there is an effective partnership for more extensive community collaborations. This is further enhanced by the relationships ABWP has formed with local community organizations through its thirty-plus years of outreach and health education.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

ABWP began in 1982 when fifty Black Women physicians and medical students met to share their experiences and to discuss career development. The women recognized the need for an organized support program to assist Black women pursuing a profession in medicine. They also believed they were in a unique position to help other women advocate for improved health and wellness for their families and communities through compassionate and culturally-appropriate outreach services. These insightful women formally created ABWP and began a nonprofit organization that continues to positively contribute to society, science, medicine and its members.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Multiple DGSOM faculty, alumni and medical students are active in ABWP. At the heart of our passion is community service. ABWP is deeply concerned about issues that affect women, communities with people of color, and the larger community as a whole. ABWP regularly participates in community events to support this mission and partners with other organizations who share similar mission and goals.

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The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) represents Black women physicians in practice and training throughout Southern California, representing all specialties of medicine. The active membership is located primarily in Los Angeles County. Established in 1982, the following goals were incorporated into the bylaws of the nonprofit organization: a) develop an organized support network for Black women; b) improve public health and welfare through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and health; c) provide a mechanism to meet other pertinent needs of Black women physicians; and d) be a philanthropic source of funds to individuals and project related to health concerns of underserved communities.

ABWP has collaborated with multiple medical, professional and philanthropic organizations to address health disparities and provide services to underserved communities. In 2001, ABWP and UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research were partners in the Breast Cancer Research Program of the University of California in a project entitled the “Efficacy of a Community Program in Increasing Access to STAR.” ABWP has also joined with the Charles R. Drew Society, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and Black Women for Wellness to present public forums on prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension and wellness.

Multiple DGSOM faculty, alumni and current and former medical students are active in ABWP and have worked to maintain UCLA’s commitment and involvement to serving local communities through health education, advocacy and research.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) has made an impact on local communities since its inception in 1982 through community outreach programs, collaborative efforts with academic institutions such as UCLA, scholarship gifts and mentoring programs. Over the years, ABWP has supported and continued to develop programs for families in need. In addition to health awareness seminars, ABWP has renovated the playground of and provided books for the Jenesse Center, a program for abused women and children. ABWP has also been supporters of LA Teenshop, a mentoring program for at risk inner city teens. In September 2014, ABWP was awarded the Frank E. Staggers, Sr, MD Outstanding Ethnic Physician Organization Award from the California Medical Association Foundation for its decades long history of service to underserved communities and vulnerable populations. The accomplishments of ABWP are enhanced by the recognition that these accomplishments reflect the dedication of primarily full time practicing physicians volunteering their time and expertise.

DUHEM

Duhem is the first Peruvian and Latin American community commerce for social consumers and cause- oriented brands. In Duhem you can find thousands of products and services from different brands, all curated, whose common factor is the social or environmental contribution to the world.

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UCLA PRIME community projects are created by entering medical students selected for a commitment to serving disadvantaged communities. Projects expand leadership and management skills by providing a hands-on experience of healthcare disparities and the communities' difficulties.

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Making a difference in underserved communities

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Year founded

2008

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Hybrid

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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UCLA PRIME community projects are created by entering medical students selected for a commitment to serving disadvantaged communities. Projects expand leadership and management skills by providing a hands-on experience of healthcare disparities and the communities' difficulties.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could actively train all medical professionals in the realities working with the underserved.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

A significant percent of California's population lives in Health Professions Shortage Areas. The legislature mandated UC PRIME programs at each campus to test differing strategies to meeting California’s healthcare needs.UCLA PRIME’s response was to initiate a curriculum that had the eighteen students in each cohort identify a communities' particular needs and to design and begin to implement an intervention to improve those communities issues.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Having identified community needs, and negotiated a solution, each of the seven matriculating cohorts into UCLA PRIME have designed and implemented community project. Communities have included: an urban community center; a homeless clinic, an urban gardening project, an elective for medical students about incarcerated populations; the nutrition and exercise needs of day laborers; the academic support needs of teens in an institutional setting; and sex workers and sex trafficking victims.

Within the limits of a three-week introductory program and a $1,500 budget, they have been a success, several winning community and institutional awards. However PRIME needs to support the projects continuation and dissemination. The goal of this project

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Happy Feet project came about because some of the students wanted to work with the homeless and some wanted to work with diabetic patients. They decided on clinic at a homeless center, where they enrolled other students, undergraduates, and pediatric health care professionals.
As for a difference, each student as they reached into the soapy water to wash a homeless person's feet was changed by the experience, their patients became more real, as were their problems.
The biggest change though was that the clinic's work was carried on by other medical students and then undergraduates, impacting the desire for many of these students to work with and better serve the disadvantaged, and to reduce health disparities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The first project won an award from the City of Pomona for their efforts, and the undergraduate Happy Feet program won an institutional award from UCLA. But perhaps the biggest change in in the numbers of students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare for the underserved. The number of applicants to UCLA PRIME in the first year was about five to six hundred students, this year 2014, we will have more than one thousand applicants for the eighteen open positions.

The impact also is on the succeeding cohorts of PRIME as they work to devise new projects with new populations. This will be our legacy as we build an inventory of community projects and interventions, catalogue the efforts, both successful and not, the PRIME community programs are making a difference, geographically from Riverside, to Wilmington, to Lancaster, to downtown LA, East LA, and beyond.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The goal of this project is to centralize the ongoing efforts of the PRIME programs within the PRIME council which is an organization made up of all PRIME participants.

Using the award funds the PRIME council will be able to monetarily enable ongoing projects; but as importantly begin to gather information about project's their development, implementation, and success that can be shared with other medical school and undergraduate campuses across the state and the country.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

With the compilation of project plans, developments and successes, we become more attractive to Healthcare funding agencies such as the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development, and in the future such entities as the Human Services and Resources Administration and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

UCLA PRIME has become the largest and most active of all UC PRIME programs. Other medical schools in California and across the country are looking for unique educational interventions to respond to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education's Charge for all schools to develop health professions pipeline programs that develop health care professionals for disadvantaged and underserved communities.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

UCLA was the last of the UC PRIME programs to begin. We looked at what others were doing, but felt that none of the other schools had projects similar to what we'd proposed for the first UCLA PRIME.
The moment that our hopes became certain was during the implementation of the first project, a rehabilitation of a community center where it was rumored that both the police and fire departments were somewhat uneasy about.As the UCLA PRIME group began to find resources to be donated in terms of furniture, school supplies, and foods, there were, all of a sudden, other members of the UCR medical school and undergraduate campuses interested in taking part. We had tapped a pool of talent and resources that had not been available before that time.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Emma Ledesma, MA, Assistant Director UCLA PRIME, full time, coordinates all efforts.

UCLA PRIME council, comprised of PRIME students representing each of the PRIME cohorts, will be responsible for allocating the funding, and making decisions about project focus. Chairs: Toni Riveros and Eric Ottey.

PRIME Advisory Board, is comprised of physicians, faculty, program graduates, and serves as resource to current students.

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Dr. Lawrence 'Hy' Doyle is the Executive Director and Founder of UCLA PRIME. Ms Emma Ledesma is the Assistant Director of PRIME.
Dr. Alan Robinson served as Associate Vice Chancellor was integrally involved in the development of the UC PRIME programs and the UCLA PRIME program in particular.
UCLA PRIME council, students elected to represent all members and alums of UCLA PRIME.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Our seven cohorts have each reached out to a disadvantaged community in southern california, building relationships with elements of that community, and providing interventions or services that have been very well received.
As PRIME continues, each new cohort will link UCLA and UCLA health to a new community, and will also reach out to pre-professions students at UCLA, and community colleges around the Southland, to help them understand healthcare issues for the underserved.

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Comprehensive clinic for diagnosis and treatment of Autism in South LA.

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2014

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Dr. Raj K Batra is partnering with Dr. Anshu Batra (a nationally known developmental pediatrician and advocate for children with special needs) and the Special Needs Network (SNN; a non-profit community organization which endeavors to enhance the lives of children with Autism and their families) to develop a comprehensive clinic for the identification and management of children with special needs. The Drs. Batra and Areva Martin (Director, SNN) have shared common interests in this cause for 5-6 years.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

This project will bring well-vested parties with Medical, Advocacy, Community Organization and Research together in a worthwhile cause (to enable children with special needs in a vulnerable community setting reach their utmost potential).

Learning from home

The program supports parents of children aged 3 to 5 in social vulnerability to prepare their children at home for a successful school integration and socio cognitive development through games. Provides skills and confidence to be the primary educators of their children.

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2009

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Argentina, Buenos Aires and La Matanza (Buenos Aires), Argentina

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Argentina, Buenos Aires and La Matanza (Buenos Aires), Argentina

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The program supports parents of children aged 3 to 5 in social vulnerability to prepare their children at home for a successful school integration and socio cognitive development through games. Provides skills and confidence to be the primary educators of their children.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if the parents of socially vulnerable families to assist in breaking the cycle of intergenerational transmission of...

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Low school performance and delayed socio-cognitive development of children from families in poverty and social vulnerability of CABA slums and its suburbs The parents of these children, mostly have low education levels, poverty, social isolation and lack of participation in the educational process of their children and weak ties with them and little community involvement.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Strengthen the capacity of parents to be involved in the education of their children through parent training, they receive from other parents in the role of tutors trained for this purpose. The work is supported by educational materials, storybooks and toys. The activities included in the educational materials were designed according to the developmental level of children, culturally appropriate to their context and organized so that parents spend 15-20 minutes per day to perform them with their children at home through game / learning. Tutors visit weekly the parents at home to train, using the technique of role-playing, the use of the materials delivered to them.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Parents, make educational activities through the game for 15 to 20 minutes a day at home with their children. For this they are trained by a mother / father tutor to visit 1 time per week and delivers educational materials, storybooks and games. The mothers / fathers tutors are trained weekly with the technique of Role-Playing by the Program Coordinator. Children achieve an adequate level of psychosocial development to their age and acquire specific learning such as words, letters, colors and shapes. Learning that are necessary for their adaptation to school and allow their school performance increases.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In relation to the participating children, 82% of participating children achieve expected parameters for their age in relation to psychomotor development, the scale of coordination, language and motor skills. Regarding tutors, strengthen their sense of responsibility, ability to organize, solve problems and exercise leadership. In relation to parents, develop other ways to bond with their children and provides them with the satisfaction that causes them to teach, becoming first teachers increasing their self-esteem. Through the program, a school success is achieved that without the program would be significantly reduced. Without the program parents would not be involved in the education of their children, establish weak ties with them and would not participate in the community where they live.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

It is considered that the program, which currently has an impact on the CBA and the Greater Buenos Aires, can be expanded and geographically replicated throughout the territory of Argentina and other Latin American countries. This program of socio cognitive development at home, could be framed as part of public policies to support early childhood in contexts of poverty, while early interactions and care the child receives at home are decisive factors for appropriate development. It is a cost / effective program is replicable with low economic investment.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Aprendiendo en Casa, is financially supported in one hand, by grants from the Ministry of Social Development of the TWT and the contribution of foundations and on the other hand by own funds and genuine AMIA. Its sustainability is based on the institutional commitment to sustain the program even if it cannot get outside funding fact, which is reflected, in the three-year strategic planning and organizational goals.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Regional government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Aprendiendo en Casa is part of the HIPPY INTERNATIONAL Network currently developing similar projects in 9 countries. The Program for Argentina is unique in Latin America and has been adapted in form, content and language to the national context preserving the principles and basic methodology of the international network. Most of the programs of early childhood development in the country are located in Child Development Centers while this one is done at home complementing the actions of formal and institutionalized education.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The program was established in Jerusalem in 1969 and then developed in 9 countries. In 2009 begins in Argentina by AMIA, as a pilot project with 40 families served by the Social Service of this organization. Were trained to 4 mothers to fulfill the role of mentors. In 2010 coverage was extended to 2 districts of the City of Buenos Aires with high levels of poverty and vulnerability, 40 families and 5 tutors were incorporated. In 2011 the coverage was extended, 74 families and 9 mentors joined. In 2012, 120 families participated and 14 tutors. In 2013, 145 families participated and 14 tutors. In 2014, 40 families and 4 tutors joined in partnership with Foundation Navarro Viola expanding coverage to Buenos Aires.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

National Director role: institutional relations; General Coordinator role: technical coordination; Technical Assistant role: operational management; Coordinator based, role: monitoring and community liaison tutors, 14 mentors, role: parent training. Dedication of team members: Part Time. The team combines technical profiles with leadership skills as potential educators and members of the community.

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3 - 5.

Your role in Education

Coach, Counselor, Other.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Home-School, Other.

Intervention Focus

Childcare, Community, Parenting.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Equip Adults to Drive Change in Learning: Providing creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions and others that empowers them to drive change in any part of the learning ecosystem.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Lack of structures to facilitate meaningful community ownership in learning process: It is challenging to ensure parents and the broader community are involved as full co-owners in the learning process.

Need

To expand the coverage of the program to children 6 years of age who attend the first grade of elementary school.

Offer

Educational materials designed specifically for the program. Set 30 booklets for children 3, 4 and 5 years old.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Improving school performance and socio-cognitive development of children 3 to 5 years in social vulnerability through play activities / learning undertaken at home with their parents. Involve parents in the processes of development and learning of children by strengthening their self-esteem and skills as the primary educators of their children. Strengthen the bonds between parents and children and strengthen community participation of families. Expand community participation of parents / tutors, improve their self-esteem and increase their employability.

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PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

Tutors receive training from the coordinator 2 hours per week on gaming/Learning activities from the booklets that are used to guide mothers in a home visit of one hour per week, so they can use them with their children. The mothers spend 15 minutes a day to do activities with their sons / daughters. Additionally the mothers will meet once a month to address topics of interest in relation to parenting.

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

Currently an awareness from the governments is being observed in the value of education as an instrument of both social and cultural transformation. This is evidenced from the increase in national education budgets and investment in training projects and transformation of educational programs. Thus, it seeks to meet the growing and diverse population that currently access the different educational levels and the need to generate projects that take into account the active nature of children in their learning processes.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

The game is an inalienable right of all children. A child who plays grows up healthy. The child learns through games as it is the source of social emotional and cognitive development. Playing, children contact with their own emotions and those of others, learn to interact and make decisions. Play stimulates creativity, imagination allows children to discover their abilities and limitations, tastes and preferences, learn to take turns, to exchange roles and respect agreements. Contribute your opinion and social constitution.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Funding sources are an NGO, the Navarro Viola Foundation contributes 34% of the budget, a private sector organization, the National Bank Foundation ($ 6), a governmental organization, TWT (33%) and AMIA, nonprofit organization that develops the project contributes 27% ...

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

AMIA is dedicated to promoting wellness and individual, family and institutional development of Jewish life in Argentina and the whole society. Is a non-profit NGO that promotes the development of targeted social programs to the population vulnerable. Aprendiendo en Casa it is part of this guiding principle to target the development of children and enhancing the educational role of parents.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

More educational materials adapted to the context and culture of the country, including the booklets and toys and books that mothers’ use with children would be developed. This would provide the appropriate inputs that can be used even when the number of families increases.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

Partnerships were established with funding organizations representing all sectors of society: public, private and civil society. The contributions of these are not just economic. each has a unique perspective and expertise that represents the diversity of conceptions of education and learning.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Although not all projects had been reviewed, some of them provided lessons learned that are applicable to our project. It is our goal to contact those who’s subject or methodology is similar to ours to explore options for collaboration and exchange.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Success would expand coverage to all vulnerable families with children 3-5 years of the country. These children would improve their school performance by avoiding frequent school failure in this population group, the link between parents and children strengthen and achieve greater involvement of parents in the learning process of their children. This would assist in breaking the cycle of intergenerational transmission of poverty

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

The major impacts would be measured through the school performance of children participating in the project in the medium and long term. Indicators of their creative capacity and establishing positive social relationships were also assessed. The parents will relay the details identifying improving their skills as first teachers of their children and strengthening the link with them.

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

derechos_sociales_en_accion-amia.pdf

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

evaluacion_hippymodif_04-11_2_.pdf

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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Yes

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

10-100

Number of Volunteers:

Fewer than 10

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Physical Play, Play with Objects, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children).

Other (please specify)

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Team to Win

TEAM TO WIN is dedicated to providing economically challenged, at risk, high school students access to a FREE Medical Mentoring Program. Includes hands-on sports medicine education, CPR & First Aid certification. We partner H.S. students with medical professionals who teach the program.

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Hohl, MD

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Project Subtitle

Medical Mentoring Program for At Risk Youth

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Year founded

1994

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Not registered

Organization Country

United States, CA, Manhattan Beach

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles County

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

TEAM TO WIN is dedicated to providing economically challenged, at risk, high school students access to a FREE Medical Mentoring Program. Includes hands-on sports medicine education, CPR & First Aid certification. We partner H.S. students with medical professionals who teach the program.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

what if low income/at risk youth with interest in medicine had a FREE program to explore their passion?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Economically challenged, at risk high school students have many challenges today. Low income/at risk students lack access & resources to explore the medical field. Access to free programs that teach high school students skills that will help them and inspire them to attend college and give them skills that transfer to job opportunities and develop a passion for a career path in medicine currently do not exist.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Team to Win addresses this challenge through the Medical Mentoring Program, which is FREE to LA area high school students. We provide opportunities through the summer mentoring program to help develop a passion for medicine, explore careers & learn specific skills, like First Aid & CPR certification, that can transfer to job opportunities. We provide access for students with a true passion and interest in medicine to apply for the sports medicine internship programs that help develop and refine their goals and dreams. This program continues to grow, this year we provided mentoring program services to 450 high school students. Our only obstacle to expand the medical mentoring program is funding.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Free Team to Win mentoring program allows high school students to explore the field of sports medicine. The mentoring program is an educational outreach program designed to encourage interest in medicine and facilitate opportunities to explore different medical disciplines. Last year we had 500 high school students in the program. Career path guidance includes; physicians, nursing, athletic training, physical therapy, and other health care professions. These camps teach sports medicine training, include first aid and CPR, athletic training, injury care, injury recognition, injury evaluation, nutrition, managing emergencies, injury care and taping techniques. These students also get certified in first aid, CPR and AED.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The WCSMF has had amazing success with the Student Mentoring Program. We have many students head to medical school, athletic training school, nursing school, PT School, medical research, dental school, and chiropractic schools. Many graduates of the mentoring program go on to explore their passion for medicine in college. We have so many success stories through this program, one example, is about a certified athletic trainer who was a product of the mentoring program in high school graduating in 1999, then she went off to college, got her Masters in Education, then became a Police Officer, and through all of this, she continued volunteering on the sidelines twice a week at sports games assisting with sideline medical care. She is an amazing example of this program. We have another student who came through the program and is now in a medical residency program to become a doctor.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our goals and strategies are to empower youth to explore careers in the medical field. Through mentoring students they learn life lessons & it impacts their community. One TTW high schools is an example of success. This LA inner city HS has a program with 30 to 40 HS students each year, who came through the mentoring program, & now work with the schools certified athletic trainer and team MD. They compete in sports medicine competitions to challenge their knowledge and skills. Due to their success, this HS program now has an application/interview process to join their Sport Med Team.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Sustainability is based on funding. The WCSMF Board of Directors is dedicated to the success of this mentoring program. We will continue to fundraise, apply for grants, and solicit private and corporate donations to continue our outreach efforts for Team to Win Los Angeles area high school student athletes. We also have 2 charity fundraisers per year to help us keep the services we provide FREE to high school students in LA area high schools.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

This outreach program is unique to the area, specifically because it is free to high school students. Summer educational and mentoring programs that are FREE to inner city/at risk youth are invaluable to the communities we serve. We provide education and mentoring for students interested in the field of medicine regardless of their families ability to pay for summer camps that provide such extensive education and resources. Exposure to medical professionals and opportunities for success is Team to Win. We are not aware of anyone else in the LA area doing this type of mentoring program.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

After observing and researching the healthcare situation and lack of resources in Los Angeles area high schools specifically, the Team to Win program was initiated. The mentoring program evolved over the first few years of the TTW program. We were providing free medical care for injured HS athletes, and several of them showed interest in the medical field. We found ourselves establishing a plan to mentoring students interested in the medicine field. Our solution was to establish the mentoring program and provide an educational resource for kids interested in medicine. We began our first mentoring camp in 1996 and had 10 students participate, and this last summer had 450 students complete the mentoring program.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The Board of Directors are actively involved in the success of this foundation. The part-time mentoring staff is made up of medical professionals in the community that range from certified athletic trainers from local high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams. Our physicians that participate in the mentoring program are led by Bill Hohl, MD & Keith Feder, MD who donate their time along with many physicians who are volunteer staff.

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Team to Win is a combination of several medical professionals and healthcare providers coming together to provide services for the low income/at risk high school student athletes of Los Angeles County.

William M. Hohl, M.D.
UCLA
Associate Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Pediatric Orthopaedics Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine

Bernadette Pendergraph, MD, Fellowship Program Director
Harbor-UCLA/Team to Win Sports Medicine Fellowship
1403 W. Lomita Blvd 2nd Floor
Harbor City, CA 90710

Keith S. Feder, M.D. and Jill Sleight, ATC
Assistant Clinical Professor UCLA School of Medicine
1200 Rosecrans Ave #206, Manhattan Beach, CA. 90266

Evan Bass, M.D. Family and Sports Medicine
Kaiser Permanente, South Bay

We work together as the faculty to train sports medicine fellowship physicians which was established in 1999 (2 fellows per year). The Team to Win program was established in 1994 by Keith Feder, MD, Bill Hohl, MD and Jill Sleight , ATC community outreach program providing free care, MD high school sports coverage, physicals, concussion care programs, mentoring programs, and internship programs. All of us, including many more physicians volunteer in the community, providing sideline medical coverage, mentoring programs, pre participation physicals, ongoing continuing education programs.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Community outreach and involvement of the UCLA physicians of Team to Win is the basis of our program. Our physicians are dedicated to the health and wellness of the inner city high school student athlete. Team to Win focus's on high school youth and providing opportunities and exposure to the field of medicine.

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Youth Opportunities for Life Options (YOLO)

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A Comprehensive Curriculum Targeting Obesity Among High-Risk Youth

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The “Youth Opportunities for Life Options” is a comprehensive intervention targeting obesity among inner-city youth. It brings youth, families, schools, academic institutions and community partners together to address the epidemic at the individual level, while advocating for healthier environments.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

“What if youth are trained to lead the transformation of their communities into thriving areas of health, learning and wellness?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Obesity is the leading cause of premature death with nearly 1/3 of children being overweight or obese. It is now a disease of poverty, disproportionately affecting distressed low-income communities of color. Tackling obesity will require long-term committed partnerships between communities and academic centers with interventions that go beyond the individual to address the social and environmental causes of obesity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

YOLO is a comprehensive intervention targeting obesity among inner-city youth at Gardena High (GHS) which is among the lowest performing schools in LAUSD with >74% living below the Federal Poverty Level. The student body is predominantly Latino and African-American with > 55% of the students being overweight or obese.
It is a partnership between youth, families, GHS, and a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals and community organizations such as the “Y”. It has 2 components: 1) Youth obesity interventions: Obesity Group Medical Visits for behavior change, an after-school exercise program, and advocacy training for healthier options in the environment 2) Healthcare workforce capacity building to address diseases of poverty.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Consider Armando, a 15 year old at Gardena High. Every morning, on the way to school, he stops by McDonalds drive-through. He is obese and has high blood pressure. He hates P.E. and struggles to complete one lap. Now imagine he joins the “YOLO” program. After some hesitancy, he is willing to share his struggles. In the group visit, he works with a multidisciplinary team and peers to make achievable commitments. He walks to school, and allows himself once weekly fast food. After school, he exercises with a trainer from the local Y. He advocates for healthy food options. Now, he has lost 12 pounds and has normal blood pressure. He smiles and tells us that not only can he complete the lap in P.E., but he is on the football team.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

A needs assessment at GHS, identified obesity among their top health concerns. This led us to provide not only clinical and behavioral health to individual students, but also nutrition education in the classroom. While making gains with individuals, we are aware that many factors beyond the individual contribute to obesity. The YOLO program goes beyond the individual to address environmental and social factors as well. Due to YOLO's unique approach, one of the largest impacts thus far has been the enthusiasm of the community, and expansion of our partnership beyond GHS to include the local “Y”, medical students, undergraduates, psychologists, nutritionist, community activists and families. A Step-by-Step Curriculum guide is being developed with input from the entire team using evidence-based best practices that have shown to positively impact obesity management.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

“Health happens where we live, learn, work and play.” For many, their living environments lack adequate housing, healthy food options and green spaces, leading to poor health outcomes. YOLO provides a framework of what we can accomplish by bringing communities and academic institutions together. Our Step-by-Step Resource and Facilitator guide can be used by anyone. Academic centers can build meaningful partnerships and share their expertise with the communities. In turn, they can learn from the communities and accompany them in their common goal of diminishing health inequities.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The YOLO program’s greatest strength is the partnership with the different community organizations. We have dedicated faculty from GHS who are also training in the curriculum and will eventually incorporate it into the classroom, thus eliminating some of the financial needs and making it sustainable. In-kind support, from school and family medicine faculty, along with grants from Song Brown Special projects will also assist in YOLO start-up.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Regional government, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In addressing the obesity epidemic, many programs have emerged but target a single aspect. YOLO is comprehensive and tackles the issue from the individual to the community advocacy level. It incorporates individualized academic plans and motivational interventions to affect individual behavior change. It incorporates field trips to identify community assets and barriers to health, grocery shopping skills, nutrition education and healthy meal planning, and advocacy training to bring about change. It also targets healthcare workforce capacity building in the care of vulnerable populations.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Armando diligently followed up for weight and blood pressure checks at the Gardena High School clinic. Each month, we counseled him on nutrition and exercise. However, at the end of each school day, we saw Armando and his peers flood the more than 7 fast food restaurants on the periphery of the school, and we were unable to come up with solutions for safe space nor time the family could exercise. This visit, as I watched Armando struggle, unable to bend down to tie his shoe laces, I realized while we spend more money than any other nation on medical care and have made enormous medical advances, this generation of youth would be the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to premature death from obesity.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The “YOLO” team is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals and community members. Health professional team consists of physicians, medical students, a psychologist, and a nutritionist. The community team consists of youth and family members, Gardena high school principal and teachers, Gardena Healthy Start Program coordinator, a fitness trainer from the local “Y” and community leaders.

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The “YOLO” team is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals and community members coming together to address the obesity epidemic among minority youth in under-resourced communities.
The Academic side involves the following:
1) Family medicine residents and faculty from Harbor-UCLA department of Family Medicine, 2) Medical students from the Geffen and Charles Drew University Schools of Medicine at UCLA. Other health professionals include 3) Psychologists from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health who train our residents in Motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy skills. They have been working with patients in our Gardena High school-based clinic to help them with psycho-social and behavioral challenges for over 10 years. In the YOLO program not only will they help with facilitator training but also with individual youth participants to assess psycho-social barriers that may hinder them from making positive choices. 4) Nutritionist from Harbor-UCLA to help develop individualized culturally appropriate meal plans and help in curriculum development for the group medical visits.

Community Partners include:
1) Gardena High School principal and teachers. Our department has been partnering with them since 1999, when an on-site school based clinic was established at the school. Since then, along with patient care, we have helped provide peer health education classes pertaining to nutrition, teen pregnancy and STI risk reduction. To make the YOLO project sustainable, the eventual goal is to train the teachers and make YOLO part of the school curriculum
2) Gardena Healthy Start coordinator: She has worked closely with us for over 10 years to not only identify at risk youth, but also to help find much needed resources and services for youth and their families. She has an excellent rapport with the students and will not only help recruit and enroll students in the YOLO program, but help act as liason between the youth, their families and the school and other community organizations.
3) Gardena “Y” (Formerly YMCA): has offered a fitness trainer who will help not only in the development of safe individualized exercise plans for the obese youth, but also do fitness training for any interested youth in their after school program on campus.
4) Los Angeles Unified School District- Nutrition Network: Has offered fresh fruit and vegetable snack options for qualified schools such as Gardena High School in the past. They also offer curriculum in field trips to grocery stores, farmers market, which will be part of the YOLO curriculum.
5) Champions for Change: They partner with us in providing nutrition education workshops, healthy recipe booklets and other information at all our department sponsored health fairs. They are willing to offer this to the YOLO youth participants and their families as well.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Our project highlights that if we want to improve the health of our communities, it will require us to go outside of our academic institutions and address the many other social and environmental determinants of health that are much more crucial in determining an individual's health. Our longstanding partnerships with Gardena High School have created a deep level of trust for UCLA and Harbor-UCLA faculty and staff. This has enabled us to develop innovative programs that are supported by the school. For example, when dealing with the issue of high rates of STIs and teen pregnancy, we were able to work with the school and offer a peer health elective that was initially taught by family medicine residents and medical students. Now one of the high school teachers has been trained in the curriculum content and teaches the elective, thus making the project sustainable. We are also able to learn from the family, school faculty and Healthy Start coordinator regarding the resources available in the community to support our patients in the clinic, while they are able to refer youth and families in need of health care to our free school based clinic or the safety net clinics at Harbor-UCLA. We are now seen as an integral part of the school community where everyone from the youth, the school nurse, faculty and principal feel comfortable to approach us and vice versa. We now have regular health fairs on the school campus for underserved families not only from the high school but also the surrounding neighborhoods. During the planning and actual day of the health fair you can see not just health professionals, medical students and undergraduates, but teachers, faculty, elected community leaders working and supporting us in organizing the health fair. This is truly partnership of not just our academic learning center and the school, but also the community leaders, families and the youth, all of whom have come out to support our efforts to improve the overall health.

Youth Opportunities for Life Options (YOLO)

The “Youth Opportunities for Life Options” is a comprehensive intervention targeting obesity among inner-city youth. It brings youth, families, schools, academic institutions and community partners together to address the epidemic at the individual level, while advocating for healthier environments.

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Heal My Heart

The use of social media is the fastest way to disseminate information. Integrating healthcare with social media and Artificial Intelligence mobile application is the key to providing awareness, education, healthy habits and preventative care in any population.

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The Heart Health Peer Influence Network

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Year founded

2013

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Organization Country

United States, CA, LOS ANGELES

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The use of social media is the fastest way to disseminate information. Integrating healthcare with social media and Artificial Intelligence mobile application is the key to providing awareness, education, healthy habits and preventative care in any population.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

We could elimate obesity and tobacco use in LA within 5 years while giving every community access to preventative care

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Access to healthcare in many minority dominant parts of the Los Angeles community has been an issue not often addressed or met with little success. This is due to the method of implementation or lack of integration. The use of network sciences, following development of a new array of theoretical tools and techniques for mapping networks and by adoption of the concept that most real networks have in common, has yet to be used in healthcare.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Goals:
1) Construct an interactive tool to evaluate and reveal the gaps between access to preventative care and education.
2) Develop a Social Network Intervention (SNI) Platform where we will create and grow Groups of Communities through several social media platforms tailoring content and influencers based on groups and providing the necessary education to allow conscious decisions.
3) Create an app interfaced with the social media groups built around the needs and metrics of the LA community. We seek to provide incentives to users through local businesses when users reach certain health goals or lifestyles. These goals will be supported by UCLA Health Social Media Moderators, and peer group members achieving similar goals.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Groups created within their respective social media sites will be linked directly to a mobile app outlining several diagnostic metrics. Content will be delivered through social media sites and users will then complete different activities or exercises on the app, and participate in discussions (moderated by UCLA Medical faculty, and students). Upon completion, incentives will be provided to reward users for achieving a goal (improvement in health).

At the same time clinical data points collected from users and from third party sources will directly feed into our self sustaining AI algorithm which will self learn to provide recommendations in daily health aspects for preventative care to individuals without access to immediate care.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We performed a study over one month to determine the best method of delivery to an audience (video, infographic pictures, and emotionally driven content). Averaging out the results of three campaigns conducted on each content, the uctr (unique click through rate) realized through picture driven infographics resulted in the highest uctr at 32.5%. Emotionally driven content was determined to be 21.1% and mid-length videos had a uctr of 7.6%. While all these results performed well above the industry average in the non-profit sector which worked out to .517%, we realized our best method of delivering health educational content is through infographic pictures and emotional content that users can relate to or understand. It was very apparent that first creating a community of individuals before tailoring content derived the best results in engagement.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Creating an integrated system that uses a mechanism interfacing incentivized social media marketing and alternative delivery methods through an interactive UI (User Interface) platform will be very effective in garnering individual interest in healthy behaviors and related educational content. This will be done through self interest and peer to peer influence. Within 3-5 years we will have a fully functioning model -implemented in other communities near UC campuses in California before moving nationwide. Each city can then tailor the platform to their respective metrics and needs.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Undergraduate entrepreneur clubs, who we are working very closely with, will be helping in matters of financing by providing us access to internal funds and affiliated Venture Capital (VC) firms for investment and further advising. Merrill Lynch Bank Of America Private Equity and VC division will be working with us in financing long term goals (6 months). Crowd funding will also be used-UCLA Spark and Kickstarter as an ongoing campaign.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Past campaigns that targeted similar metrics did not create success on a large scale or at all due to the fact that either: 1) They did not maintain a continuous support structure that can be integrated within an individual's daily life and/or 2)reward them for improving themselves. These campaigns were run by health organizations such as The American Heart Association where there was hardly any integration of social media and and people engagement. Our approach tailors a community, then content and continuously supports the community through several levels of engagement.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

With a population of close to 4 million individuals, it is a stretch to make LA the healthiest city with campaigns and small scale projects. Rather it is more beneficial to approach the issue of quality of life and health care from a holistic point view that looks at preventative care as well as clinical care. As such, we would need to approach the goal of a healthy city by determining metrics that are related to each other and their prevalence in their respective communities and one that ties them all together. We saw our answer in social media where everyone is integrated. Seeing overlaps in peer to peer influence was when we said, "Why not use a system that educates, and incentivizes people with simple tools already available"?

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our team members include full time Cardiologists, Big Data Scientists, PHD Candidates, former Finance and Investment Banking analysts from Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Furthermore, there are former app developers and coders from Facebook, Linkedin, and Symantec, network scientists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Each team will implement a goal, update the platform and will evolve to finding methods of new content over time.

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There are several ongoing partnerships that is aimed to make this project a success. These partners have been established for at least 2 years. These groups include but are not limited to:

Academic Side:
UCLA Department of Medicine- Faculty members as well as leading departmental doctors will help develop the AI program for preventative and basic clinical care while advances in the program will allow for more complicated cases to be assessed by the the program.

UCLA Advanced Heart Failure Lab- With extensive research in social network as well as Multi-Organ Dysfunction, the lab will provide their expertise in demographic participation on a zip code level and the most effective method of targeting populations

UCLA Computer Science Department will provide us with undergraduate app developers and coders who will create the UI (User Interface), IOS and Android apps, as well as the AI (artificial intelligence) program. Students have worked for and are currently working for very successful and publicly traded startups (Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Symantec, Boeing) and have extensive knowledge in AI software building and scaling such a system on a massive scale. This team will be available on hand throughout the project and after the projects success. In the past we have created for UCLA Medical Center its' first Heart Failure Calculator APP which uses several algorithms to determine mortality rates in patients with heart failure- all within the reach of their smartphone.

UCLA Anderson School- Undergraduates with background in Finance and Business. These students have worked in their respective field for top firms such as (Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch) with emphasis on business management, financial analysis, network outreach, capital raising, debt financing, and quants.

Community Side
Bruin Entrepreneurs- Undergraduate student club with outreach groups throughout Los Angeles and California advocating higher education to underserved communities. In the past they have put on large scale events such as LA HACKS- the biggest Collegiate Hackathon in the West Coast attracting several thousand individuals for the three day event.
We have collaborated in the past to build a model for a social enterprise to reduce the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in urban slums.

Umma Clinic-This clinic is part of a larger network of institutions addressing the health and well-being of the underserved communities in the LA region and those who don't regularly have access to Health Care.

MAV12- is an integrated local start up agency offering advertising and marketing solutions across many industries, markets,media types and marketing channels.

Merrill Lynch Bank of America- As both an investment bank, and a wealth management firm, their Private Equity side, and Venture Capital Investment Group will give us access to additional funding, potential investors and business related help as means of long term support to the start up.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

UCLA health will be the first institution to use complex algorithms, not introduced to a market before, to effectively target a population with several levels of healthcare. This project will allow a direct interface with Angeleno's using social media and an app dedicated to its’ residents and their well being. Both faculty, staff, and students will be able to actively participate in the well being of residents who cannot be very easily accessed to through traditional methods. Users will also be able to receive feedback directly from UCLA Health Moderators and incentives (partnering with local businesses).

The proposed intervention will have an interesting impact on the health of recipients and reducing healthcare costs. The innovation in our project resides in six main aspects that are the cornerstones of Influential Health Promotion (IHP): (1) the social network approach to the identification of disparities and associated factors; (2) our understanding of the entire US social network integrated with multiple sources of data; (3) the design and implementation of SNI, an intervention that effectively target human behavior combining elements of sociology and strategies of influence marketing to educate and promote dialogue of the target audience to shape health behaviors using the influence that an individual’s social network exert over him/her – an thus a form of participatory research –achieving effect sizes exceeding those of non-network based interventions, resulting in better overall impact , (4) the specific spread of SNI directed by principles that govern complex networks to effectively reach and engage the intended population clustered by their social norms; (5) the assessment in real-time allowing immediate changes in response to the feedback of target audience and (6) our ability to evaluate objectively and track the effects of our interventions at multiple levels using dynamic quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis.

Combined with a dedicated app that monitors, advises and tracks user performance and health, UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine will be directly linked to participants while actively observing and rectifying anomalies. In a sense, this project will provide a live feed of data examining the behaviors and changes on any level of community while complying with HIPPA requirements through the anonymization of all users. While at the same time this project will predict models and tailor recommendations to users through previously inputted data. UCLA Health will be able to engage on multiple levels of healthcare with the Los Angeles community through social network systems while at the same time personalizing care by connecting communities with the UCLA Health System. Within the community itself, individuals in the same network will reinforce each others commitment to a certain goal and foster teamwork among everyone. This project specifically seeks to find a common link by which to access nearly all Angeleno residents while promoting a better lifestyle.

Programa SedCero (ZeroThirst Program)

SedCero (ZeroThirst) is a programme that aims to provide access to safe water to rural communities of the Gran Chaco region (Argentina-Bolivia-Paraguay) through the joint effort of governments, companies, civil society organizations, universities and citizens.

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Antonella

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Vagliente

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Plurales Foundation - ZeroThirst Program

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ZeroThirst Program

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Water for the Gran Chaco Region

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Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Argentina, Buenos Aires - Córdoba

Country where this project is creating social impact

Argentina, 10 rural communities in 6 provinces

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WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

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Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Water Use.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our target beneficiaries are families from rural communities of the Gran Chaco region (part of Argentina-Bolivia-Paraguay). ZeroThirst works with community-based organizations to find the perfect ''water solution'' (water supply infraestructure) according to the local culture and geography, and links them with public organisms or companies that want to contribute to the cause. Therefore, water supply is provided articulating efforts and with the involvement of the community.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Most of the organizations (both private and public) that donate funds for water supply only do it for water infrastructure. However, the success of ZeroThirst also depends on the work our team does to link the water projects in each community with those organizations. In less than a year, we have started 7 new water projects to benefit 1300 families through the articulation of 25 different organizations,but we have had severe problems to fundraise money for our salaries and travel expenses.The prize will allow the team to expand and achieve the goal of providing safe water to 20000 families in Argentina in the next two years, and strengthen the process in Bolivia and Paraguay. Publicity will let us include more institutions to the programme

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Back in 2009, when I was 19 years old, I created an Environmental Toolkit for High Schools for students to carry out environmental projects. The Toolkit was implemented by 40 schools in Argentina and replicated in Colombia, Perú and Panamá. I’ve worked with rural communities of three different countries; with governments to increase the impact of their projects and with companies to get them to finance water projects. Articulation is my passion.

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Free Interchange of time+ videos= jobs women

We have women giving their knowledge for free. How to cook, dance, massage, and so on. We can record this workshops and post them on youtube, and we can sell it for video tutorial in Spanish and sell advertising, creating jobs for women.

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DESDE

DESDE empowers marginalized Latin American artisans to use their skilled craftsmanship to develop quality, timeless, and unique products. DESDE invests in artisans’ economic mobility providing market access and building an online platform for conscious consumers to connect with artisans.

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Maria

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Barsallo Rubio

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DESDE

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Empowering the economic mobility of Latin American artisans.

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2014

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Hybrid

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United States, CO, Aurora

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Panama

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

DESDE empowers marginalized Latin American artisans to use their skilled craftsmanship to develop quality, timeless, and unique products. DESDE invests in artisans’ economic mobility providing market access and building an online platform for conscious consumers to connect with artisans.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if with the touch of a key you could access unique, hand-crafted, customized products, that are currently for sale on the unmarked side of a rural two lane highway?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

10 of the 15 most economically unequal countries in the world are in Latin America, 164M people live in poverty; in Panama, 40%. Traveling down the main highway, 69km from the nearest town, in straw huts artisans sell hand crafted goods, traditions passed down for generations, for mere dollars. Of the 169K people in their community, 95% live below $1.00 per day and there is a 50% infant malnutrition rate. How often does no one stop?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The Ethical Fashion Initiative partners prove the success of using fashion products as a vehicle for economic mobility. DESDE provides market access and quality standard, product development training for artisans. Working with artisans we make products with a quality standard that command a premium price and represent artisans on a global online platform. DESDE invests in artisans by 1) A fair wage 2) A community fund involving artisans to invest in their communities 3) Long term professional support. DESDE will function as a hybrid model, a for-profit brand and a nonprofit arm that furthers points 2 and 3. DESDE supports artisan's local business trajectory through customized quality standard training, and support for financial inclusion.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Dioce, a Ngöbe-Buglé artisan, inspired the creation of DESDE. She lives in a small home with a roof of tin panels that leak, a toilet that overflows in frequent rains, and glasses less windows that let in the year-around cold. She has two small children. She learned her intricate weaving technique creating bags of natural fibers from her mother, a dying art form. Selling this bag for $15 could help her replace her tin panels. We partner with Dioce to adapt her bag. We tell her story, the tradition of the art form. Potential customers have already expressed strong desire to keep our prototype bags and pay over $120! Customers find beautiful products on our website, learn about Dioce, and even ask her to customize a product for them.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In Latin America those in extreme poverty lack access to financial services, markets, and training especially indigenous peoples, women and children. In Panama, this is at least 10% of the population and many households depend on artistry. Panama has no artisan cooperative or fair trade hub. Focusing on empowerment values, DESDE trained artisans will train new artisans developing a broader network to support DESDE’s product sales and artisan’s local sales. Our three channel reinvestment impacts the artisan, their family and community. Beyond Panama DESDE will work with, train, and represent marginalized artisans across Latin America building the go-to platform for quality, modern products that represent the diverse cultures and craft of the region. Working directly with and training artisans DESDE can provide a disruptive way for consumers to connect with artisans and customize products.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

DESDE’s strategy in Panama is to develop an initial line of products featuring various types of artisanal craft working initially with a small group of artisans to produce inventory. Artisan training will occur per craft for new artisans. In 2015 DESDE will identify its next artisan partner country. In Latin America 2/3 of effective poverty reduction efforts in the last decade have been due to better engagement in the labor market. In 10 years, DESDE hopes to represent artisans in every Latin American country spurring economic mobility and poverty alleviation within artisan communities.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

DESDE’s revenue model is driven by product sales. DESDE’s focus on quality is correlated to the ability to have premium pricing. Initial pricing accounts for online and retail sales strategies. With the first product line, we need to at least sell 105 products to break even. DESDE’s nonprofit arm’s ability to receive donations and grants will help support artisan product, financial and business training and staff capacity to support this work.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

DESDE’s competitors operate mainly in the fair trade space, most international organizations working in partnership with fair trade hubs. There are for-profit and nonprofit models. Many operate from an import/ export perspective and represent other continents. Models similar to DESDE’s supply chain philosophy are mainly working out of Peru. DESDE will build brand equity around accessories. This is the fastest growing category in the US e-commerce sector totaling $45.6BN in 2012. The Natural Marketing Institute estimates a $10BN U.S. marketplace that fits DESDE’s product trajectory.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

As a Panamanian immigrant to the U.S. I was a beneficiary of opportunities born of sacrifice and generosity. My experiences fostered an insatiable desire to help others. I have committed my career to this. I am passionate about economically mobility, especially fuelled by the mobility of my own family within one generation. I met Dioce three years ago, she showed me the beautiful hand-made bags she was not able to sell. Talking with her and other artisans, I realized that we could create a brand that shared and preserved beautiful artistic traditions with the world. I want DESDE to be a key partner in showcasing Latin American craft the way African initiatives have done. I am grateful for the chance to use my experience to build DESDE.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Managing and raising funds in the non-profit and political arenas, fast-paced environments with limited resources, has allowed me to pursue innovative and traditional strategies to meet high fundraising goals, diversify strategy, foster and manage relationships, and measure the impact of funding on social issues. I am working on DESDE full time. Since 2008 I have held management positions. U.S. and country based teams are part of our plan.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

DESDE has interviewed artisans from six Panamanian artistic traditions. Artisans are open to the vision and we are working with several to further prototype the initial product line. Community leaders in various parts of the country are supportive and are open to partnership opportunities. S&P IQ and other sources note the rise of the social consumer. Market research suggests DESDE’s target customers are “millennials”, college graduates, women aged 34-64, “Generation x”, and traveled consumers.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

DESDE realizes that sales strategy, product development and building systems and relationships focused on social impact in artisan communities will be key to success. The international partners involved would allow DESDE world class expert guidance in each of these areas, setting in place resources for critical decisions that will allow us to structure for scalability, which is pivotal to our vision. The award money at either level would be pivotal in helping us launch our first product line, with 37% of funds currently raised. Beyond the award funding, the mentorship support would be invaluable to assuring that DESDE is building a strong foundation for sustainable poverty alleviation and business success. We are honored to be considered.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

My experience has been in the non-profit and political arenas. As a Deputy Finance Director for the most successful political fundraising campaign in Colorado history I helped raise over $13.7M and secure a U.S. Senate seat. As Development Director at KIPP Colorado, I played a strategic role in meeting the organization’s bottom-line raising over $971K. As an El Pomar Foundation alumni and DO School fellow I have supportive networks.

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Cecilia

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VIDAL MARTINS: A REMAINING QUILOMBOLA COMMUNITY

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Slave descendant families: a long walk to freedom

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2014

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Brazil, SC, FLORIANÓPOLIS

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Brazil, SC, FLORIANÓPOLIS

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This project aims to create job opportunities and financial resources for 26 slave descendant families. It includes the production of a thousand handmade embroidered shirts and also the purchase of all required equipment. Subsequently, an organic agriculture project will be implemented.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

This project could change the lives of African-Brazilian people that are slave descendants, by giving them a chance of achieving economic progress, political freedom and full citizenship?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Brazil abolished slavery on May 13th 1888, but economic freedom it is not a reality for most African-Brazilian people.
In 2003, 115 years after slavery abolition in Brazil, the Brazilian Government opened up new possibilities for slave descendants.
Unfortunately, racial discrimination, although illegal, still remains.
The project aims to change the economic and social situation of 26 slave descendant families.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

First step (this project): Empowering women to produce handmade embroidered shirts and jewelry to be sold in local and regional markets.

Second step: Deploy an organic agriculture project, involving everyone in the community to produce organic bananas, organic cassava and organic tomatoes to be sold in local and regional markets through an existing regional cooperative.

Third step: Focus on African-Brazilian culture: dance, clothing, food, games, arts and music. To revive the sense of identity beset by such historical events.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When applied, the following impacts are expected:
First step:
a thousand embroidered shirts will be produced and selled, earning approximately $4,400.
Second step:
deploy organic agriculture project: 8 acres of organic bananas will be implanted, producing 56 tons of fruits, earning approximately $50,000.
8 acres of organic cassava implanted, producing 100 tons of tuberous roots, earning approximately $90.000. 2 greenhouses for organic tomatoes, producing 2560 boxes, earning approximately $23.000.
Third step:
Focus on African-Brazilian culture: music, games, clothing, food, arts and dance to revive the sense of community and increasing women, men, children and teenagers self-esteem.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Up to date, the project has already generated positive results to all members of the community. They are hopeful about African-Brazilian people situation and they are willing to improve it even more. They are also ready to begin the fight for their rights, and also to reverse an historical situation of social injustice. Hopefully, their future looks bright, now they have a real possibility of changing their actual situation by participating of projects like this one. They have already discussed new economic initiatives and once it begins they will try as hard as they can to revive the sense of identity they've lost after those 350 of slavery.
Their houses will be rebuilt, the children will grow in a better environment, the adults will finish their studies, they will learn how to produce and sell organic products, and the most important of all, they will finally feel and be free.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The strategy is to promote political, economic and social autonomy of the members of the "quilombola" Association. This strategy is reinforced by Federal Laws recently issued by the Brazilian Government, establishing preference for slave descendants admissions into public universities and federal public service. If it succeeds, the project could be replicated in other slave descendant communities in Santa Catarina (currently 12).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The solutions plan to ensure financial sustainability consists on the initial production of handmade embroidered shirts with a small financial help that already comes from donations. The shirts will increase profit 50% which will already improve the community conditions. After that, the project will require a bigger budget to begin an organic agriculture production, which will totally provide financial ways to support all 26 families.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are many associations of slave descendants currently organized or organizing themselves in Brazil. But most of them puts its main focus on repairing the damage suffered thru history. Of course it is legitimate and the "Associação dos Remanescentes do Quilombo Vidal Martins" is also seeking justice, but their main goal is to retrieve their original lands. Beside that, the association also places an important focus on the implementation of economic activities generating employment and income for the community, what differentiates them from the others.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The moment I realized the potential of this project was when the President of the Association contacted me to ask If I could help them organizing their documents, legally registering the association and developing cultural and economical projects to provide them better conditions and restablish their identity as a community. I've accepted it immediately, because I saw that it was a wonderful opportunity to help the social development of my country and of the people I've known my whole life. The community families are all "quilombolas", they are descendants of slaves who had lived in hinterland settlements called "quilombos".
But for the first time in history, they got the opportunity to rewrite their stories and change their futures.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

1. Helena Vidal, current president of the slave descendant's Association.
2. Jaime Coelho, economist, PhD, professor of the Federal University of Santa Catarina State (UFSC).
3. João Oliveira, agronomist, MSc, specializing in organic agriculture and management of agricultural and agrifood companies.
4. The Association members (26 families).

Everyone is already involved with the project and I am confident that they make a great team.

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I've known this community my whole life, but only now I can work on projects that will effectively help them. The community is officially recognized by the Brazilian Government as a group of slave descendants. But, they truly need support to begin with their projects. The project terms were defined with the agreement of all 26 families living at the Quilombo. People are now ready to do what was discussed.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will allow us to realize the economic initiatives we've planned, and also to consolidate the newly created Community Association. In parallel, other actions will be implemented to reclaim their original lands (almost 40 acres) and also to develop an organic agriculture project. This project will be linked to a much larger one located at the rural region of Santa Catarina's state. The community will be trained on an existing Agroecology Training Center. An accredited certifier is ready to certify the production and a cooperative is also available to distribute the organic products. To implement this organic product project the group will require financial resources, but they will become self-sufficients once it begins.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

This is my first entrepreneurial initiative because I am only 18 years old. But I have the support of experienced people, including: Jaime Coelho, Economist, PhD, prof. at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC); João Oliveira, Agronomist, MSc, expert in organic agriculture and management of agricultural and agrifood companies.
However, I can totally compromise to support the community as much as they need.

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KadAfrica

KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls in Western Uganda have gained sustainable livelhood options cultivating passion fruit; inspiring and anchoring fruit farming cooperatives for more than 1000 smallholder farmers.

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KadAfrica

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Girls Agro Investment (GAIN) Project

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Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

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Uganda, Fort Portal

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Uganda, KYE, Kyenjojo

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KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls in Western Uganda have gained sustainable livelhood options cultivating passion fruit; inspiring and anchoring fruit farming cooperatives for more than 1000 smallholder farmers.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if our of school girls in rural Uganda could inspire their communities to engage in agriculture through their success as entrepreneurs in agribusiness?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Uganda, economic dependence is a primary driver of the many injustices facing out of school girls; as a result, they have limited choices and are often forced into early marriages or risky behaviors. Girls typically have limited access to small tracts of land with little knowledge of how to turn this resource into generated income. Additionally, poor agriculture practices and cultural stigmas have further discouraged entry into agriculture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

GAIN is an integrative approach combining hands-on and curriculum based learning, recognizing the interconnectedness between economic security and poor choices or risky behaviors. In addition to gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training, girls are provided a 240m2 plot with 40 passion fruit vines, intense technical support, and a ready market. Girls yield on average 100-150 kgs of fruit per month, garnering an income of $40-$50 over the same time period. These girls are not only earning and learning how to manage an income, they are being set up with agribusiness support and becoming leaders in their communities--successfully engaging more than 1000 smallholder farmers to form passion fruit cooperatives.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Girls are provided with cash purchase of passion fruit by KadAfrica which allows them to apply their newly acquired business acumen and profits realized through agriculture to expanding their farms or their entrepreneurial repertoire. One successful young woman, Beatty, has started a nursery school with her passion fruit money. Not only does she now have an additional source of income, but 45 children are benefitting from preschool care at the hands of this amazing young entrepreneur. These young women like Beatty have become inspirations to their communities. Not only do their families come out to support them at the farm, but KadAfrica now has a pending waitlist of more than 1200 farmers itching to participate in our programming.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

As the largest passion fruit farm in Uganda, KadAfrica works with more than1500 out of school girls to build sustainable livelihood options. KadAfrica has published a manual on smallholder cultivation of passion fruit; we have provided these out of school girls with quality grafted seedlings, trainings and agroinputs, the support of a certified agronomist, and a ready market for passion fruit. Our young entrepreneurs have undergone gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training; they have planted over 60,000 passion fruit vines on over 90 acres provided rent free by partners in Western Uganda to be bulked marketed with KadAfrica's own production for export as well as to processors in Kampala. Through this model, KadAfrica has become a primary exporter of passion fruit, linking these out of school girls and their communities to markets in the EU and UK.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our model is based on a two-stage scale-up: first empower, and then process. Now that we have proven our concept, and begun scaling from 250 out growers to more than 1500, we are looking to grow to more than 3000 out growers over the next 1-2 years. Once we hit this level we would have the volumes necessary to process KadAfrica passion fruit into pulp and supply juice companies with Ugandan pulp—rather than pulp being sourced from Asia. This would allow us to purchase from out growers at a price point of 30% higher than what is currently sustainable, keeping wealth within Uganda.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability is key to KadAfrica’s model, with funding coming from the sale of passion fruit from our own and out grower production. Currently, our network produces of 9 tons per month. Through an innovative hub-spoke model facilitating bulked transport, this has allowed KadAfrica to expand from 250 to more than 2000 out growers over the last year using less than 50% donor money.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, NGOs, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

TechnoServe runs a project promoting increased incomes for smallholder passion fruit farmers in Eastern Uganda. KadAfrica worked extensively with TechnoServe in the design of its out grower model to improve upon transport, marketing, and other difficulties. Staff explained that they faced resistance when engaging target populations towards passion fruit as a viable crop. Since, TechnoServe has begun a fieldtrip program to the KadAfrica Estate to exemplify the possibilities for commercial production in Uganda; the Estate is made available to all girls and contributes to bulked marketing.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Driving from Uganda to Kenya we had a stark realization as crossing the border roads became lined with thriving, large-scale agricultural ventures that did not exist in Uganda. Why is so much lush land sitting unutilized as imports flow across the border to satisfy demand? Through meetings and hours of research we learned that 70% of the passion fruit in Uganda—a popular fruit made into juice—was imported. With fertile soils and high altitude, Ugandan farmers could be fully capable of meeting demand if equipped with the skills and inputs to grow the high value fruit. The vertically growing vine is ideal as it affords smallholder farmers space to grow ground dwelling crops for consumption while generating income through passion fruit.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

KadAfrica has 5 full time staff, including a Managing Director, Director of Business Development, our "Market Maverick", and two full time Agronomists. We also have two Agriculture Extension Workers and 12 Field Facilitators. To build our network, we have built an amazingly supportive advisory board consisting of investors and experienced social entrepreneurs. We hope to add an additional 18 field facilitators to support our growth by Q4 2015.

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Opportunities for Women, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Through partnerships with local NGOs and community church partners, we are able to recruit out of school girls aged 14-20 who are interested in building sustainable livelihood options cultivating passion fruit. While these young women are the target of our programming, they are not paying customers. KadAfrica passion fruit is sold throughout Uganda to major chains such as Sheraton and Nakumatt, as well as exporters. We target buyers through our commitment to quality, consistency, and direct delivery.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

By increasing access to training personal, we strongly believe that we could increase production by an average of 300%. This would triple the income generation per girl, allow for a 60% improvement in quality, and bolster the average 20% of weekly income that is being saved in cooperative-based ROSCAs. Prize money would help us achieve these goals and hire the 18 additional facilitators needed to provide increased agribusiness support to our entrepreneurs and spark production. Further, by building this impact we would see an exponential increase in interest among community members--recognizing agriculture as a viable and sustainable business venture and teaming with these young women to grow passion fruit.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

KadAfrica was a leap into entrepreneurship for us both. It began as a small horticulture project and has expanded to Uganda's largest irrigated passion fruit farm, holding trainings and providing seedlings and inputs for smallholder farmers. In May 2013, KadAfrica scaled up its model through a public-private partnership with CRS, Caritas, and the Archdiocese of Fort Portal to become the business it is today empowering out of school girls.

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Africa Alliance on Cancer

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A million walk against Cancer in Africa

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2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Rwanda, KV, Kicukiro

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African Alliance on Cancer wants to eradicate cancer and take care of the diagnosed in Africa through education campaigns and provision of mentoring and clinic services to Cancer diagnosed. We awaken governments, people, researchers and policy makers to take actions towards Cancer as big killer.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if all Africans were aware of cancer and that all African governments are taking measures against Cancer?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Cancer kills more than 750,000 people (More than 80 per cent of the death rate) and more than 950,000 are infected. The cost of cancer treatment is too high and people are not aware of cancer, they run for witch doctors. The most promising problem is that governments, policy makers and organizations in Africa are silent and do not care at all (No any funds allocated to cancer treatment).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

African Alliance on Cancer addresses Cancer in Africa through awareness campaigns to pull governments, policy makers, governments, and communities to take actions against cancer. We also run education campaigns to make people aware of cancer through public theaters, public walks, social events which help people know the causes, signs and symptoms of cancer and how to limit the cancer magnitude. We are also helping the diagnosed people in Africa through nutrition improvement and advice on how to cure or live with cancer well. We also call and partner investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Cancer to reduce the bill of cancer treatment. Finally we help people to with early detection of cancer and take them to the hospital as well.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

On 19th March, African Alliance on Cancer organized a public walking in order to urge the government of Burundi provide interest in cancer. The marching was attended by 150 people (youth), on 4th April, the government of Burundi called us to work with the ministry of Health of Burundi to help know the number of people who are cancer positive in Bujumbura. For a public and voluntary testing, we got 52 cancer positive people were detected (Breast cancer heading the list). The government provided us with Fbu 3,000,000 to help these people cure. This proved to us that if we keep working like this, the program will expand in the whole country and in the whole Africa in general and people will know cancer, hence the reduction of its effects.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

African Alliance on Cancer has created a great impact on Cancer in Rwanda and Burundi, our emissions on Radio Rwanda (every Sunday 8h00 am) and Burundi Radio (Saturday 4h00 pm ) have helped a number of people to know cancer and its impact (Symptoms and others) more than 2 million people sent their comments. Our peer educators have helped more than 6 million in 150 villages in Rwanda and Burundi to know cancer. We currently provide aid to 42 diagnosed in 83 families. We are planning to reach 46 African countries by 2015 and 54 countries by 2016. We hope to have impact on 1.111 billion of Africans to help them have knowledge on cancer and millions of cancer diagnosed people (Some know it and others not) who are facing problems of treatment. We wish to reduce the cancer death rate from 750,000 a year to 150,000 by 2016. We wish to reduce the magnitude of Cancer to 100,000 affected each year

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

To achieve our vision of reaching 0 death from Cancer and 0 affected per year, we have developed a number of strategies. We have 5 regional focal points, national focal points, village ambassadors and peer educators to cover all areas. We run public marching, petitions and competitions to attract governments attention and other organizations to support our work.
We also run TV and radio emissions to attract the public in our activities and make people get to know about Cancer. We build businesses and kitchen gardens for the cancer diagnosed people to help them pay medical bill and live well

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

African Alliance on Cancer will ensure financial sustainability through its events and programs. We organize campaigns through public social events(football, volleyball and riding competition) which attract a number of people, they buy tickets and subscribe to our events. The average amount expected to be raised in these events is $ 289,855 per year. We also hope to start a cancer educational magazine which will be sold at a very low price.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Africa is still living in darkness about Cancer, as a results there is not a single organization working on Cancer awareness. So African Alliance is a unique organization providing a unique solution to cancer problem in Africa.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Daniel founded African Alliance on Cancer shortly after his trip from Burundi in August, 2013 where he met two families fighting over a young girl (poison) but she showed symptoms of cervical cancer and they did not know it. When he came to Rwanda, his girlfriend lost her grand mum due to oval Cancer (It was so hard to take her to hospital because it was too expensive). He decided to start an organization which will educate Africans on Cancer (signs, symptoms and other characteristics) along with calling international communities, governments and policy makers to turn their wheel on cancer as it is ravaging the continent and none is concerned at all. The organization prospered after winning the Livestrong award which helped to reach many.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our leadership style enables us to be successful, we have at the general head quarter, a full time team of 5, and a part time team of 4.
-Daniel Turikumwe who is Founder and CEO, Daniel has experience in leadership and community awareness.
-Nzeyimana Jean Bosco: Strategic partnership and programs manager,he has experience in sponsorship.
-We also have 5 regional focal points for Africa(West, East, South, North and Central Africa).

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We are currently present in two countries (Rwanda and Burundi) serving more than 21.4 million, 150 cancer diagnosed from 82 families, planning to scale in 50 countries by 2016 serving 1.111 billion. They highly value our services as we help detect cancer early, know how to reduce cancer risks, and get medical treatment for a cheaper price. We engage our recipients through public campaigns, fundraising social events (Cycling, football matches and other competitions), public walks, media and social media.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

By 2015, African Alliance will be present in 46 countries, serving more than 780 million of people. By 2016, we will cover the whole Africa (54 countries) serving 1.111 billion of people and millions of diagnosed and their families. We would like to install in each country a cancer authority that takes care of cancer issues, attract at more funds in cancer treatment. To achieve our goals and objectives, we need money and especially publicity to make our activities be known by people, governments, and other concerned parties. Money will help us to organize successful events, campaigns and reach all beneficiaries across Africa. It will also help to train many cancer workers in Africa who are a scarce today.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I am the co-founder of Habona Ltd (January 2013), a company that produces clean and affordable fuels in terms of briquettes, biogas, and solar electricity to rural population in the Southern province of Rwanda. African Alliance on Cancer was listed the first in Africa and second in the world by livestrong Foundation. We gained partnership with the ministry of Health in Rwanda and two hospitals (Prince Regent Rwangasore and University Hospital).

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e-kulki

E-kulki provides easy and secure access to a group based financial tools by mobile phone . We provide the possibility for anyone to come together and start saving and borrowing in a group with any type of cellphone. Savings are held at a bank and accounting is provided automatically by text message.

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Michiel

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Wolvers

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2013

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For‐profit

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Colombia, CAM, Bogotá

Country where this project is creating social impact

Colombia, BOL, Arjona

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

E-kulki provides easy and secure access to a group based financial tools by mobile phone . We provide the possibility for anyone to come together and start saving and borrowing in a group with any type of cellphone. Savings are held at a bank and accounting is provided automatically by text message.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if low income populations do not need to worry anymore about their daily financial issues? What will happen with the time they save and stress they prevent?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Low income households encounter difficulties in managing their fluctuating income as the financial tools they have access to do not adequately address their needs. One of the best tools some have is the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA, 9 million members worldwide) that provide access to secure savings, credit and insurance. VSLA has some shortcomings which are security, errors in group bookkeeping and high costs per member.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

e-kulki combines the VSLA methodology with mobile money. Low income households will have a suitable financial tool to manage their financial needs which as a result empowers them. Our innovation will reduce costs and standardize quality eliminating cash risk by replacing cash with electronic money. Group members will receive personal automated accounting messages. Characteristics:
- Use of an existing countrywide mobile wallet
- Solely electronic transactions
- Automatic bookkeeping/message service
- Group savings are safely held at a bank
- Group members can upload money onto their phone at any local bank agent
- Group members come together when they want to save
- Loans of the group fund are distributed during the group meetings

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The groups currently participating in the pilot keep telling us, why did we not use this financial product before?

Traditional savings groups (cash-based) can have a couple of thousand of dollars at the end of their group cycle. Having all this money in cash gives a lot of stress to the group members, living almost in fear. As a result some members start saving less and even stop participating. With our methodology group members funds are safe at the bank, so the groups have meetings without fear and mistrusting group members. Result in our pilot is that group members start focussing more on external things, such as entrepreneurial activities.

Traditionally, group members are female (between 80-90% worldwide).

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Its first months e-kulki has focused strongly on proof of concept and has consciously kept itself and clients/funders small. We received funding from an award ‘pioneros de la innovación’ including coaching from Compartamos Con Colombia. With this award we were able to start a pilot project in collaboration with a international NGO (Fundación Plan) and the Colombian government. This pilot is currently being implemented in Cartagena, Colombia. Increased security is the main advantage for group members to participate.
The projected future impact is by using e-kulki low-income households have an adequate tool to manage their finances which in turns empowers them. Banks and financial institutions will reach the currently unbanked which are potentially new clients. VSLA promoting partners will be able to expand the number of savings groups faster and at lower cost.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The pilot project is currently being implemented in Colombia. At the same moment we are working on starting a similar pilot in Ethiopia. Our experience is that progress in Colombia is slow and we think it is faster to work in two or three countries at the same time. Currently we are approaching potential mobile-money deployments like Kifiya Financial Technology, Airtel Uganda, Sembrar Sartawi Bolivia, and international NGOs like CARE, CRS, IRC and others.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

E-kulki aims to commercialize without donor or govt support to ensure financial sustainability:
- Group implementers: starting of groups with less training, of better quality at less cost. Connecting members costs USD 1,32 monthly per member
- Group-members: automated bookkeeping, safer savings and more transparency. To receive 2 text messages, members will pay USD 0,26 monthly
- Potential income sources are banks and mobile-money deployments

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, National government, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

At the moment we are still unique (globally) because we actively take our solutions to groups and coach them adopt it. We expect to quickly build scale which will allow us to charge extremely low prices (high volume-large margin strategy). In our strongly scalable business we expect to be the first to build scale to keep a price advantage over incoming competition.
We also have profound knowledge of how savings groups work and what they need, due to years of research in this area. Last but not least, we work with a partner Fundación Plan that has the trust and network amongst future clients.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In anticipation to the ¨aha¨ moment the founders were working on several research studies, obtaining a bottom-up understanding of the Colombian society:
- financial diaries study: 6 months interviewing 40 households every two weeks
- impact studies VSLA savings group programs
- mobile money market study

This all together brought us the ¨Aha¨ moment: developing a relative simple application can combine the savings group methodology and mobile money could solve most issues current savings groups are facing at the moment. And the market is huge, as about 40% of the worldwide population participate in saving groups.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

- Anne Marie -co-founder (part-time): 25 years exp in financial inclusion
- Michiel -co-founder (full-time): 8 years exp financial sector
- Felipe -business relation manager (part-time): 4 years ex in development sector
- Carlijn -project coordinator (full-time): 6 years exp in project management
- Veronica -field coordinator (part-time): savings group member, trained e-kulki methodology
- Simon -software developer (part-time): 20 years exp

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

1) Formal savings groups implementers - cost reduction, easier bookkeeping and a more sustainable implementation model, and are willing to pay for this. Engage through existing network.
2) Formal savings group members - interested in saving simple and safe, engage through savings grimplementers
3) Informal (naturally initiated savings groups) - Potential 2 mln Colombians, engage through word-of-mouth formal savings groups
4) Banking /mobile money organizations - Capture savings and clients

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will help to develop the second, more automated,a Beta version of the group manage application. In this way, it will be possible for more savings groups to make use of e-kulki. This will in turn lead to the creation of more small scale enterprises which benefits them and their communities. After the Beta version, development and testing of a fully-automatic version of the group manage application is needed. If this version works well, the remaining prize money will be used to develop and test an educational simulating game for group members.
The publicity will help us to attract new partners and potential investors in order to bring e-kulki to the next level.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Previously I set-up a SME consulting company company with some Colombians to help them grow. This advice included legal, communication, marketing and my area was financial accounting. I developed financial administration packages for SMEs to easily do the accounting for their companies.

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Africa Alliance on Cancer

African Alliance on Cancer wants to eradicate cancer and take care of the diagnosed in Africa through education campaigns and provision of mentoring and clinic services to Cancer diagnosed. We awaken governments, people, researchers and policy makers to take actions towards Cancer as big killer.

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We want to bring “natural protein enriched food” to the most vulnerable populations and urban consumers. This way people will have access to “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” food. By employing women in organic grasshopper farming, they will have an active role in communities.

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Everyday little things that will have an impact in our future!

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

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2014

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Hybrid

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Mexico, Puebla

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n/a

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We want to bring “natural protein enriched food” to the most vulnerable populations and urban consumers. This way people will have access to “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” food. By employing women in organic grasshopper farming, they will have an active role in communities.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if insects could be used to prevent some “non-communicable diseases” and save lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nearly 870M people suffer from chronic undernourishment and 1.5B are overweight or obese worldwide. Noncommunicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer) are the leading cause of death and could be prevented (i.e. Type 2 diabetes is 90% of the diabetic population (60% develop it due to poor diet). By 2030, nearly 370M people will have Diabetes. Thus, we need new “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and accessible” products to prevent malnutrition.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

It is time to look for new alternative sources of protein that are more affordable and sustainable (i.e. 16000L of water to produce 1kg of beef). Pulverized organic insects can be used as an added ingredient to have affordable, sustainable, natural, filling & healthy products. The quality of grasshopper protein is similar to the FAO pattern. The total protein content in 100 grams of grasshoppers is 70% (in meat 55% & in soybean 44%). They are also rich in vitamins, minerals (not cholesterol). They are free of toxins, hormones and have a high reproductive potential. Dried grasshoppers can be preserved up to one year (edible parts: full body). They only get their water from food (i.e. 1 kg of alfalfa is 377L of water).

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Actually, we are facing irregular working hours, demand for productivity, aging population, NCD (like diabetes, cancer, etc). Meals are smaller, hurried, skipped or not cooked. Irregular food intake is highly correlated to obesity.

Thanks to these products, people will be able to get energy (proteins are vitality fuel, and can be obteined from many sources). In fact, after water, proteins are the second major component of the human body (i.e. 18% of body mass), they are never converted into fat and help to regenerate muscle after exercise. The daily recommended intake is 60kg/day (for a 70kg adult). Thus we need to eat protein in everyday, as we cannot store them in our body.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

This project offers solutions to reduce 3 problems:
1) MALNUTRITION: 1 billion poor people do not have an optimal diet that nourishes their bodies and 1.5 billion people are overweight or obese. Over the next decade the societal burden of diabetes will become a political issue (more than 80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries). It is important to point out that the total protein content in 100g of grasshoppers is 70% (in meat is around 55%). Its total protein digestibility is 98.02% (Bourges). Thus, they are a sustainable and healthy way to get proteins (with affordable prices) which will help people to maintain/reduce their weight by increasing both satiation and satiety.
2) WATER CRISIS: Grasshoppers farming has low water footprint. 3) GENDER GAP: Most rural women do not have an income. Thus, we will encourage job creation in rural areas for them.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We strongly believe that achieving sustainability rely on equal attention to environmental, social and economic factors and their integration through sustainable development strategies. Eveyone should have access to “sustainable, healthy & natural food" and be able to "afford it" and "easily find it"!

We may bring “natural protein enriched food” to urban consumers and the most vulnerable populations. For example, in Mexico "tortillas" can be fortified. Then we can fortify products adapted to the diversity of the world (e.g. basic staples like lavash, makki di roti, chapati, nân, etc).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Short term: Production and sales in Mexico
Medium term: Production and sales in America
Long term: Production and sales in Europe, America, Africa and Asia
The objective of this Project is to be expanded worldwide. Profits will be re-invested for growth and expansion. Additionally, we want to create a foundation that improves people health through nutrition. Thus, we want to donate part of the profits to help those who need it every year.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In order to bring healthier products, most approaches focus on reducing fat, sugar or salt. In the mass market, there are a few brands that focus on high protein products. However, these products are expensive and some of them are not natural nor convenient. The main advantage of “natural protein enriched food” (insects source) compared to other nutrition initiatives (like supplementation or animal/vegetable sources of protein) is its low cost, sustainability and high coverage impact. We are different, we are “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” products.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Improving Nutrition, Water Use, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We have identified five main needs: energy, health, pleasure, convenience and satiety. Consumers are looking for healthy products. The protein content is appealing to women and men. There is a growing segment of health conscious consumers who are looking to include more high-quality protein in their diet. In fact, these men and women are concerned about the things they put in their bodies. People should be awared taht irregular food intake is highly correlated to obesity.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Over the next two years, the prize money and publicity will help us to reach new markets and diversify our portfolio in order to be a better answer for healthy hunger satisfacción. For instance, we want to develop "natural enriched drinks" (natural and healthy drinks enriched with botanicals and crushed linseed / chia seed).

On the other hand, the exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs and investors during the process will enrich my personal and professional visión.

We want to spread our natural enriched products' core message worldwide: Being healthy while being nutritious, natural, affordable and sustainable.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I am not risking-averse, I am good at making decisions and I am willing to take numerous responsibilities. My favorite things to do is to travel, and learn about new cultures.
I have been involved in different social and cultural activities in Mexico and in France. However, this is the firts time that I decided to walk the entrepreneurial path and I am sure that my conviction and passion for this project will make the difference.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

no

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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