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Using standup comedy & improv to help war veterans — Sam Pressler

While studying at the College of William & Mary, Sam Pressler learned about the post-traumatic stress disorder war veterans were facing as they reintegrated into civilian life.  So in 2015, he started Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) to help them re-enter and thrive in their communities. ASAP, based out of Washington DC [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|

Does your NGO need to carry out a randomized control trial? with Noam Angrist

Today’s guest is Noam Angrist, the founder of Young 1ove, an NGO providing sex education to 35,000+ young people in Botswana. Sex-ed is a complicated issue, and over the decades it’s been hard to tell what worked and what didn’t. In Botswana, where 22% of the population has HIV, much [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|

HOW KATY ASHE PROVIDED HEALTH TRAINING TO 90,000 PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITALS OF INDIA

Katy Ashe is the co-founder of Noora Health, a tech NGO in India. When she visited the hospitals of Bangalore as a graduate student, she saw a sea of people sitting around in the hallways. Who were they? They were family members of the patients—and they were scared, bored, and lacked basic health information. [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|

How Annie “The Jackfruit Lady” Ryu built a health food company in India to fight unemployment

While volunteering in India as an undergraduate student, Annie Ryu fell in love at first sight. What she saw at the market wasn't tall, dark, and handsome. It was a spiky, green fruit she had never seen. The huge fruit she was looking at was the jackfruit, the largest tree born fruit [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|

GROWING A NONPROFIT SINCE AGE 12 TO HELP SOLDIERS & VETERANS IN NEED—with Robbie Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers

Social entrepreneur Robbie Bergquist is the co-founder of Cell Phones for Soldiers. In 2004 when Robbie was 12 and his sister Brittany was 13, they heard the story of a soldier returning from Iraq with a near $8,000 phone bill. They couldn’t believe that a man serving his country was [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|

ONE CONSERVATIONIST’S QUEST TO HELP THE ANIMALS IN THE JUNGLES OF INDONESIA—with Adam Miller, Planet Indonesia

Most foreigners who visit Indonesia end up at the beaches of Bali. But not Adam Miller, a young conservationist from St. Louis. While volunteering at a pet shop at age 10, he came up with the vision of one day working in Indonesia to help the animals there. His vision quickly became an [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|

How Swipe Out Hunger served 1.3 million meals using leftover meal swipes on campus—with Rachel Sumekh, Forbes 30 Under 30

Social entrepreneur Rachel Sumekh is the founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. This nonprofit organization works to end hunger by activating college students to donate their unused meal points. Since Swipe Out Hunger began in 2009 as a college pet project, the NGO has served 1.3 million meals. Rachel Sumekh was recently awarded Champion of [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|

ONE WOMAN’S QUEST TO RUN A FREE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN WAR-TORN AFGHANISTAN—with CNN Hero Razia Jan

Every morning for nearly a decade, CNN Hero Razia Jan drank a cup of water from her school's well to make sure it hadn’t been poisoned overnight by the Taliban.   She works in a part of Afghanistan where girls face unimaginable obstacles just to attend school. They must face [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|

ONE MAN’S QUEST TO END CHILD TRAFFICKING AROUND THE WORLD—Andy Stein, Founder of Orphaned Starfish Foundation

As an investment banker, Andy Stein never imagined that a visit to an orphanage in Chile would change his life, and the life of thousands of others. In 2001, after 25 years on Wall Street, Andy Stein left everything behind to start the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with orphaned, trafficked, and [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|

ONE DOCTOR’S QUEST TO CURE THE POOR, WHILE LIVING ON A FISHING BOAT—with Doctor Ben LaBrot, CNN Hero

WARNING: If you are involved or will be involved in the medical field, this episode may alter your future aspirations... CNN Hero Dr. Ben LaBrot began working on fishing boats in California at age 11 and always knew that he was destined to live at sea. In 2009, he began refurbishing a [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|