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Winner Spotlight: TalkingPoints’ Heejae Lim

When teachers, families and children communicate, the impact is extraordinary. In fact, family engagement is twice as effective in predicting success than a family’s socioeconomic status. However, many families face barriers imposed by language and access to technology that make communication more challenging. And there, in the middle, TalkingPoints can help. “Our mission is to […]
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Elevate Prize Foundations’ Statement on the Overturning of Roe v Wade

Overturning the protection of a woman's right to choose is about more than abortion -- it's about taking away a pivotal personal freedom and threatening to take away others.
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Reflecting on Juneteenth

This year for Juneteenth my team at the Detroit Justice Center (DJC) is reflecting on what true safety means, particularly in light of the horrific violence in recent weeks. We mourn those killed by gunmen who opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store, an elementary school in Uvalde, a hospital in Tulsa, and in countless other shootings.
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More than a shelter, a home for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. 

Though hard-won strides have been made for equality over the last decades, LGBTQ youth are still – and increasingly – under attack. Not only from homophobic and transphobic legislation that’s making it’s way into law in Florida, Georgia and 33 other states, but in their homes, from the people who are supposed to love and […]
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In an era of unprecedented burnout and rising anxiety, how can we make space for our mental health?  

Even as lockdowns around the world start to ease, it’s clear to see that the pandemic has changed all our lives. That’s been a stark reality for Elevate Prize winner Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Friendship Bench, an organization that trains grandmothers to provide talk therapy from benches in the hearts of their communities.
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Part of the big picture: how solving climate change must take a movement

“We all contribute to the puzzle.” That’s what Elevate Prize Winner Kaushik Kappagantulu, the Founder and CEO of Kheyti reminded us, during an Instagram Live celebrating Earth Day. “It’s a big world and all our actions are interconnected.” Kaushik was talking with Program Manager, Alex Rosales, about the complex challenges of climate change, and how […]
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Celebrate Earth Week by Taking Action

That was one of the questions that our own Elevate CEO, Carolina Jayaram posed in a recent Instagram Live with Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miami Waterkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the water in and around Miami. “All politics is local,” Rachel reminded us during the conversation. “Here in Miami if even 10 […]
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It’s Earth Month! Join the conversation!

There are lots of ways to participate in Earth Month, from getting involved with the Great Global Clean Up, to supporting the  Canopy Project. It’s a great opportunity to take personal steps towards living more mindfully, and engaging in conversations with others as to how we can reduce our impact on the world. Over on […]
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Winner spotlight: Kheyti’s Kaushik Kappagantulu

“There are 500 million small farmers around the world. They work hard all year long, but they are not able to have any control over their profits because of climate risks — and climate change is making the situation worse.” It’s estimated that in India, over 100 million small farmers actually lose money every year […]
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Mackenzie Scott — unlocking funding for impact 

Last week, Mackenzie Scott published a post on Medium announcing “465 non-profits converting $3,863,125,000 into meaningful services for others.” We were excited to see so many inspiring organizations receiving additional funds — including our own Elevate Prize winners Friendship Bench and Talking Points. They joined Elevate Giving participants Black Teacher Collaborative and Sanku, a nonprofit […]
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How to support the mental health of Black creatives?

That was the question author, speaker, mentor, and life coach Octavia Yearwood posed during our recent Insta live conversation with graphic artist, educator, and TikTok star Tony Weaver and musician and mentor Re@l. All three have deal with the struggles of with creativity, both as artists and as mentors supporting others on the journey, so […]
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Winner spotlight

“I saw deaths that should have been completely preventable,” says Elevate Prize Winner, Dr Aparna Hegde of her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency  in Mumbai, which opened her eyes to the issue of maternal and infant mortality. “I saw how pervasive systemic problems led to loss of lives. And it was absolutely unacceptable to me.” That’s […]
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