Issue Area: Education

Daniel Sopdie

Daniel Sopdie is the Regional Strategy Manager at Greater MSP, where he builds, supports and guides teams and coalitions of partners to execute the regional economic development strategy. Before joining Greater MSP, Daniel was the Senior Program Manager at the Office of University Economic Development (UED) at the University of Minnesota. Daniel’s other experience includes …

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Linda Samuel Nkosi

Linda Nkosi is a Swazi citizen from Manzini, Swaziland. Linda attended Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Mbabane, Swaziland, where he attained an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Linda is currently a 4th year student at Wartburg College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration with a Finance concentration. Linda …

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Aseya Kakar

Aseya Kakar is a graduate from United World College of the Atlantic (UWCAC). She is currently a senior at Wartburg College, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and International Relations. Aseya Kakar was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She served as a Vice President in the International Club of Wartburg …

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Malindza Sustainable Energy for Peace

This team constructed a 60m^3 bio-latrine digester at a refugee camp in Mpaka, Swaziland, providing skills training, employment, waste management, and renewable energy for this 400-person community. This project frees local women and children from firewood searching and harmful wood-burning, with educational, agricultural, health and sanitation benefits for all. The refugees trained to be biogas …

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Tigers Giving Back

This team will engage students from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California to mentor at-risk local high school youth and empower them to become responsible leaders in the community, revitalizing a challenged community through this homegrown initiative.

Project Generation

Project-Generation is a youth operated organization dedicated to give young people multiple platforms to be successful. Through the venture’s B-Lab and School Assembly Program, program participants will have access to events, programs, explore career opportunities, and build valuable connections in a safe and supportive environment.

Shermin Luo

Shermin Luo is currently majoring Engineering Management System and minoring Sociology and Psychology at Columbia University. She is also studying certificate fashion program at FIT and hopes to go into fashion industry after she graduates. She has very diverse interests–from street jazz dancing to writing poems, and those interests enable her to come up with …

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Christine Wang

Christine Wang is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience & Behavior and Hispanic Studies at Columbia University. Her passion for learning about and supporting diverse communities fueled her motivation to co-found Global Youth Mentorship Initiative (GYMI), which seeks to mentor underprivileged students and develop their …

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Global Youth Mentorship Initiative

In 2013, Christine Wang and Shermin Luo founded Global Youth Mentorship Initiative (GYMI) to teach summer-school style curricula in the arts and technology to elementary school students in rural Quzhou, China. College students act as invaluable mentors to the middle school students and help foster their creativity, leadership, and pragmatic skills. Through GYMI, young underprivileged students are empowered …

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De’Andre Washington

De’Andre is a senior at State College of Florida. Through his passion for his community, he developed a social venture for youth called “Project-Generation.” The venture is a youth-operated organization that specializes in a diverse range of youth-services & job placement opportunities. His purpose for establishing the organization was to educate and prepare young adults …

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