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HOW ONE MAN CLIMBED 58 MOUNTAINS TO RAISE $12,000 FOR HIS FAVORITE CHARITY–with Johnny Zeng

Back in 2011 while at the Coast Guard Academy, Johnny Zeng envisioned climbing the 58 fourteeners in Colorado. The fourteeneers are mountains that each exceed 14,000 feet in elevation. Five years later and after many months of training and preparation, he faced his fears and self-doubts head on. Johnny embarked on the dangerous journey to raise money for his favorite charity, Students Helping Honduras. He called the expedition, Climb for Honduras. He survived the grueling expedition to tell us his tales. Learn how he prepared, trained, equipped himself, slept, ate, dealt with wildlife, and survived a life-threatening fall up on the mountains, all the while figuring out how to raise money through trial and error. Listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for Johnny Zeng mountaineers.org climbforhonduras.org codefellows.org wix.com fundaround.com [...]

By | October 31st, 2016|

THE RISE OF FEMALE & ASIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS—with Sophia Sunwoo

Sophia Sunwoo, CEO and Co-Founder of The Water Collective Social entrepreneur Sophia Sunwoo believed in her mission so much that she worked without a salary for the first 2.5 years of starting The Water Collective. To make ends meet, she worked at a bakery during the day and built up the NGO at nighttime. Entrepreneurial at heart, Sophia built a clothing company (celebrities like Miley Cyrus wore her clothesline) and sold it while still in college. She remained in the corporate world for several months after college. But for Sophia Sunwoo, creating social impact was her calling. She quit her job and began working at a bakery in New York. With co-founder Josh Braunstein, Sophia created The Water Collective to fix and prevent broken water projects in Africa and India. In this episode, Sophia talks about the challenges of working in the developing world as a female leader and dealing with petty community politics. You'll also [...]

By | October 26th, 2016|

LEAVING CORPORATE AMERICA TO HELP LOW-INCOME KIDS THROUGH BASKETBALL–with CNN Hero Marquis Taylor

Marquis Taylor, Founder of Coaching for Change Social entrepreneur Marquis Taylor started Coaching for Change by racking up $15,000 in credit card debt. He believed in his mission that much. Marquis Taylor grew up in a rough, gang-riddled neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. For him, basketball was the only thing that mattered. Using his talent and dogged work ethic, Marquis got a scholarship to play NCAA basketball. After college and a number of years in the real estate industry, Marquis took a giant leap of faith forward. He left it all to start Coaching for Change to help vulnerable students become college and career ready. Coaching for Change organizes business training, mentorship, and academic support through the one thing that he loves: basketball. The organization works with low-income, disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. Marquis Taylor is an Echoing Green Fellow and CNN Hero. Listen to it on [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|

THE 17-YEAR-OLD SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR DELIVERING COMPUTERS AROUND THE WORLD—with CNN Hero Chris Cao

Chris Cao, Founder of Reboot for Youth Most high school students are too busy with school work, video games, and their social lives to do much else. But Chris Cao, a 17-year-old senior at Thomas Jefferson High School is raising the bar for his generation. At age 15, CNN Hero Chris Cao became a social entrepreneur. He started Reboot for Youth, a nonprofit organization in northern Virginia that recycles, repairs, and delivers refurbished computers to youth in need. His core team is made up of his friends who go to different high schools in the Fairfax area. Each Saturday, Chris gets the team together at a friend's basement to further their mission. Of course, pizza is essential at these gatherings. In two years, Reboot for Youth has delivered 418 computers (as of October, 2016) to youth in the Washington D.C. area, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher, and hit the subscribe button [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|

ONE FATHER’S UNBELIEVABLE QUEST TO HELP DISABLED PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH WEIGHT TRAINING—with CNN Hero Ned Norton

CNN Hero Ned Norton, Founder of Warriors on Wheels Ned Norton could deadlift 660 pounds. But that's one of his smaller accomplishments in life. Ned is a social entrepreneur and a Top 10 CNN Hero from Albany, New York. He is the founder of Warriors on Wheels. In this episode he tells his story all the way from growing up as a scrawny kid (like me) and how that motivated him to become a competitive athlete and power lifter. He became a fitness trainer and trained several Olympic athletes, helping them win gold medals. But even that wasn't enough for Ned Norton. He needed a greater challenge. Through a series of random events, he began to train a friend who had been paralyzed from an accident. Soon, many people in wheelchairs and with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injuries began to seek his help. So in 1988, Ned started the [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|

THE MAKING OF JADED AID, A CARD GAME FOR DISILLUSIONED HUMANITARIANS–with Jessica Heinzelman & Teddy Ruge

JADED AID In today's episode, we have Jessica Heinzelman ("a white woman who doesn’t discriminate against lovers based on race") and Teddy Ruge ("an educated, angry African--a rare species in the development sector"). They are the founders of Jaded Aid: A card game to save humanitarians (Wayan Vota, the third co-founder, couldn't make it for the call). As friends, they loved to drink and laugh together. And all three worked in the international development aid sector. One day at a bar in Washington, DC, the three founders realized that existing power structures and humanitarians’ propensity to take themselves too seriously were inhibiting honest dialogue about the industry that could catalyze transformative change for improved results. They decided to create a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity, except that this one would be for development workers, created by development workers. They used Kickstarter to fund the idea. Within 48 hours they surpassed their goal, eventually raising $50,000+ on the platform. They were featured [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|

Behind the Scenes: How the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in Honduras really works–with Caroline Gray

  Caroline Gray at the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Today’s guest is our very own Caroline Gray, a staff member here at Students Helping Honduras. She began teaching in 2011 in a low-income neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut through Teach For America. Her first year there, she taught reading and writing for grades K through 8. She then taught third grade for two years. Caroline moved to Honduras in 2014 to teach third grade at our Villa Soleada Bilingual School, helping her students achieve 1.6 years of growth in reading each year. And she did that twice. She is now the Academic Director of the school. You can follow her on Facebook and personal blog. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A 4TH GRADE TEACHER AT THE VILLA SOLEADA BILINGUAL SCHOOL, HONDURAS– with Michael Driscoll

Michael Driscoll at the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Michael Driscoll was an active member of Students Helping Honduras during his time at Virginia Tech, helping build several schools in El Progreso. During his senior year, he served as the Chapter President on campus. Upon graduation, as his classmates were signing contracts to work at high paying corporate desk jobs, Mike took a different path. He became a middle school teacher in a low-income neighborhood in Miami through Teach for America. After serving TFA for two years, Mike flew down to Honduras to work for the Villa Soleada Bilingual School as a 4th grade teacher. In this episode, Mike talks about his experience with TFA in Miami and what his days are like now living and working in Honduras. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|

AN HONEST CONVERSATION ON RECENT CRITICISMS OF VOLUNTEER TRAVEL AND DEVELOPMENT AID–with Natalie Jesionka

Natalie Jesionka In this episode, Natalie Jesionka and I discuss volunteer travel and current trends in the NGO industry. Some of the questions asked during the episode: Does a volunteer's intent matter? Should an NGO ever fire a volunteer who is there to help? Should volunteers take photos during their trips abroad? Should vulnerable children grow up with distant relatives or in orphanages? Natalie is a lecturer, reporter, and human rights advocate. Natalie is the founder of the Prizm Project, the first human rights education organization for young women. She has researched human trafficking, the arms trade, and women in conflict throughout Asia. She is also the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, a human rights and ethical travel publication examining the complexity of moving across borders in the modern world. She is an Advisory Board Member of Giving Way and served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is currently a sociology professor at Rutgers [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|

THE VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT WHO LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND TO HELP STREET CHILDREN FROM THE SUGARCANE SLUMS OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC–with Caitlin Mchale

Project Esperanza, Dominican Republic Social entrepreneur Caitlin McHale is the Co-Founder and Director of Project Esperanza, an NGO dedicated to serving the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. They run a group home for street children and two school projects, mainly for children from the "Batey" slum communities near the sugarcane fields. In the D.R., it is said that nearly half a million Haitians live in 400 Batey slums. Many children from the Bateys face trafficking, indentured servitude, prostitution, a sense of "statelessness," and illiteracy. Caitlin began volunteering in Dominican Republic while an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. Upon graduation, she left everything behind to pursue her calling to grow the nonprofit organization. She continues to live on the Caribbean island, now married and with children. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|