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Young people want to talk. Are we ready to listen?

Young people want to talk. Are we ready to listen? Cristina Leos July 25, 2019   “It is very hard to just talk one on one about stuff with my parents. When I am alone with them I get very tense and always scared. I can’t wait for the day I can.”    Through our…

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Meet a Fellow: Cristina Leos

Meet a Roddenberry Fellow Cristina Leos  July 22, 2019     Meet Cristina, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow   Cristina Leos is the co-founder of Real Talk, a mobile app that connects teens with authentic stories and trusted resources on sensitive health topics, like sexual health and mental health. Her expertise centers around using behavioral science…

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10 Questions with Andrew Grant-Thomas

Name: Andrew Grant-Thomas, Current City: Amherst, Massachusetts.   Tell us more about your project, EmbraceRace! EmbraceRace is a national nonprofit providing resources and creating a community for parents and other caregivers working to raise children who are thoughtful, informed, and BRAVE about race.   How did you get into this work?  There are a lot…

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Meet a Fellow: Andrew Grant-Thomas 

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Andrew Grant-Thomas  July 19, 2019   Meet Andrew, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow    Andrew is the co-founder of EmbraceRace, a national nonprofit that supports parents, teachers, and other adults to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. They are working to help nurture a generation of children with…

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AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum

AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum Katie Sgarro | May 24, 2019   For millions of persecuted LGBTQ people around the world, LGBTQ asylum represents a last chance to finally live freely and authentically. Despite this reality, LGBTQ asylum remains a complex and arduous process. In addition to facing challenges as asylum seekers,…

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Meet a Fellow: Katie Sgarro

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Katie Sgarro May 21, 2019   Meet Katie, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Katie is the co-founder and president of AsylumConnect, a tech nonprofit providing the first ever digital platform for LGBTQ asylum.  Launched in 2016, AsylumConnect’s flagship product (the “AsylumConnect catalog”) is the first and only resource website and app designed…

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Macrocosm: Kat Calvin

Roddenberry Fellowship  “Macrocosm” By Kat Calvin | May 13, 2019   I’ve been thinking a lot about Captain Janeway lately. There’s a great Voyager episode (“Macrocosm”) where a giant virus takes over the ship. After the entire crew is taken ill, Janeway alone has to strap up and fight it. It is without a doubt…

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Meet a Fellow: Kat Calvin

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Kat Calvin May 10, 2019   Meet Kat, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, a nonprofit organization that aims to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by obtaining government-issued photo IDs, educating, and empowering voters. Today there are about 21 million…

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Catalyst: Footsteps Africa

1 in 10 people lack access to clean water worldwide. In rural Malawi, approximately 5.6 million Malawians suffer from lack of access to clean water. The water they collect often carries diseases, making entire communities vulnerable.

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Catalyst: SmartAgric

In Sub-Saharan Africa, rain-fed agriculture accounts for 97% of total agricultural land and 91% of total agricultural production. But local farmers are forced to rely on meteorological agencies with low capacity and obsolete technologies.

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Catalyst: Fine Art Miracles

Young children often have difficulty transitioning from a home environment to a school setting. This is particularly true of children with any disabilities or diagnoses that might make entering school challenging.

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Catalyst: TabLab

250 million children, about 40%of the world’s total, cannot read, write, or do basic math by age ten. The problem is worse in rural areas, where up to 75% of children do not have basic literacy or numeracy skills.

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Catalyst: Team fEMR

A chronic lack of access to primary care in developing nations had led to the upsurge in STMMs – Short Term Medical Missions. These temporary clinics are set up for a few days to a week at a time to provide critical care in under-resourced areas.

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Catalyst: Alma Children’s Education Foundation

Remote indigenous communities throughout Latin America do not have access to formal education. A combination of distance, cost and indigenous language barriers have prevented both governments and NGOs from providing education to these communities.

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Catalyst: Twin Oaks Water Systems

In sub-Saharan countries, over 80% of the economy is based on subsistence farming, but each year, almost 12 million hectares of arable land are lost due to drought and desertification. There are 20 million food insecure people in the region, and more than 7 million people in the region suffer from sanitation issues resulting from human waste contamination of available water sources.

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Catalyst: Coral ROVtech

In the last 30 years, over half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost. Rising ocean temperatures, over-fishing, pollution and agricultural run-off are destroying reefs at a rapid pace.