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Come for the cash, stay for the community

Roddenberry Fellowship 2020 Come for the cash, stay for the community Roddenberry Foundation | May 6, 2019    There are A LOT of amazing fellowship opportunities out there. And more launching by the day. From our point of view, the more the merrier – activists, organizers, leaders, disruptors need recognition, support, and resources.   What…

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So, I don’t have 50k Twitter followers — should I still apply?

Roddenberry Fellowship 2020 So, I don’t have 50k Twitter followers — should I still apply? Roddenberry Foundation | May 1, 2019    YES!   Don’t get us wrong — having an audience and an engaged community is great but the majority of our Fellows aren’t social media celebrities. Nor do you need to be —…

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The Fellowship Experience: first phone call to final cohort meet up

Roddenberry Fellowship 2020 The Fellowship Experience: first phone call to final cohort meet up Meg Busse | May 5, 2019   I’m not going to lie — the best day of work here at the Foundation is the day we get to call fellows to let them know they’re invited to join the cohort. But…

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Announcing the 2018 Prize Awardees

  We are thrilled to announce this year’s 2018 Roddenberry Prize Awardees. This year’s Prize focused on climate change through the lens of food waste, plant-rich diets, girls’ education and women’s rights — all generally underfunded and often overlooked for their impact on climate change. Applicants were evaluated on their organization’s impact, strategies and capacity for scale, and…

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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.

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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.