Semi-Finalists Announced!

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From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge. 

Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.

We were thoroughly impressed by the level of impact and commitment demonstrated by all of the entrants—this was a tough decision. To all the changemakers who entered: Thank you for your valuable contribution to your communities! Your project page will continue to be featured on Changemakers.com, and you can continue updating it. We hope the feedback that you received from our team was helpful. You can also use your project information to enter future challenges!

Semi-Finalists will now be invited to improve their entries by participating in a peer-review. They will receive an email from the Ashoka Changemakers team with more details. Please join us in congratulating them! They are: 

·      'Burgers' & 'Bun-Kebabs': Empathy Without Borders

·      8 Shields Institute for Nature Connection

·      A-Team For Wildlife

·      Acknowledge Alliance

·      Aim High

·      All About Theatre

·      Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

·      Breathe California

·      BUILD

·      Call Me Ishmael

·      Center for Council

·      Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education

·      Change 4 Good Mobilizes Community Hopes & Dreams

·      Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

·      Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program

·      Citizen Schools Expanded Learning Time

·      Coaching Corps

·      Compassionate Leaders

·      CRTWC - Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child

·      Dance With Impact

·      DreamCatchers

·      Easter Seals Central California

·      EdVenture Fund, Inc.

·      Equal Read Classrooms

·      FeelGood

·      Fostering Youth Peacemakers

·      Friendfactor

·      Girl Scouts of Northern California

·      Girls Leadership Institute

·      GiveMob

·      Global Majority Peacemakers Program

·      Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

·      Homeless GoPro

·      iFeelio

·      iLead+Design

·      Kara

·      Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy

·      Leading through Empathetic Action

·      Lend for America

·      LULAC Youth Council #2087

·      MEarth

·      Megas Mind

·      Mesa Verde Gardens

·      Mi Planeta/ My Planet

·      Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club

·      Monterey County Rape Crisis Center

·      NERDS Native Education Raising Dedicated Students

·      Niroga Institute

·      One World Youth Project

·      Outlet Program

·      PACT: People Acting in Community Together

·      Peninsula Bridge

·      Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

·      Planting Justice with Empathy

·      Playworks

·      Pop Up Museums

·      Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR)

·      Project Happiness

·      Rancho Cielo Youth Campus

·      ReAlisal: The Untold Stories of East Salinas

·      RedRover Learning

·      Riekes Center

·      Salinas Public Library

·      Santa Cruz Boys & Girls Club Empowerment Program

·      Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

·      SF 49ers Academy Digital Theater Project

·      SJSU Record Clearance Project

·      StarVista

·      Student Voice Campaign

·      Teens Rising To End Extreme Poverty

·      The Civity Initiative

·      The Dinner Party

·      The Engage Network at Movement Strategy Center

·      The First Tee of Monterey County

·      The Respect Institute

·      Tomorrow's Roundtable

·      Transforming Youth Into Social Entrepreneurs

·      UnChained, Inc.

·      Unity Care

·      We Act and We Day California

·      Wills Way

·      YMCA of Silicon Valley

·      Youngzine

·      Youth Empowerment for Success: Street Outreach

·      Youth United For Community Action (YUCA)

·      YTH StreetConnect