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10 Questions with Heejae Lim

Heejae Lim Founder, TalkingPoints   Where is home currently? San Francisco What is your Hometown? Seoul/London   Tell us more about your project, TalkingPoints!  TalkingPoints’ mission is to drive student success in low-income communities by using accessible technology to unlock the potential of family engagement in children’s education. Our multilingual engagement platform connects family members…

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Meet a Fellow: Heejae Lim

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Heejae Lim June 20, 2019   Meet Heejae, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Heejae is the founder of TalkingPoints, a non-profit with a mission to drive student success—especially in underserved, diverse immigrant communities—by using accessible technology to unlock the potential of family engagement in children’s education. Heejae founded TalkingPoints based on her…

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On violence, memory, God, and Karma

On violence, memory, God, and Karma Evan Weissman | June 15, 2019   As “spiritual but not religious” becomes more and more prevalent I think our communities are in desperate need of some more Rites of Passage into adulthood. I’ll trash-talk the negative aspects of religion with the best of them but if my bar…

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Meet a Fellow: Evan Weissman

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Evan Weissman June 11, 2019   Meet Evan, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Evan is the founding executive director of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a Civic Health Club that blends innovative arts and culture with crucial civic issues. Evan teaches nonviolence at The Colorado College. He was a Kellogg Foundation Leadership…

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9 Organizations to Support This Holiday Season

Was it just us or did 2019 feel loooooooong? Well, it’s finally December and time to take stock of the past 12 months and look ahead. How do you want to wrap up 2019? What do you want 2020 to look like? Whether you want to make a difference, support an important issue, or up…

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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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Meet a Fellow: Arturo Massol-Deyá

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Arturo Massol-Deyá May 14, 2019   Meet Arturo, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Arturo Massol-Deyá is the executive director of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, a community-based group with 39 years of services in natural resources conservation, education, and sustainable development in Puerto Rico. His parents founded Casa Pueblo and Arturo has continued…

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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.