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USING HIS SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE TO HELP EX-CONS BECOME TOP CHEFS—with CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski

Social entrepreneur Brandon Chrostowski was arrested in Detroit at the age of 18 and faced a long jail sentence. Instead, he received a second chance and was sentenced to just one year in probation. That was when he decided to turn his life around. He finished high school and went to a culinary institute where he peeled carrots. His relentless work ethic found him restaurant jobs in New York City, Chicago, and then Paris. It was there that he began telling himself to "quit screwing around, quit making excuses, quit overthinking things. Just do it.” In Paris, Brandon realized that "hard work doesn't have a language." Yet becoming a successful chef was not enough for Brandon Chrostowski. He thought to himself, “I’ve got to do something even bigger with my life. It may take a long time, but I’m going to start today.” His dream was to give a second chance to ex-convicts. During his time off from his 80hr/week restaurant work, Brandon began [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|

End anemia in Cambodia by cooking with the Lucky Iron Fish—with Gavin Armstrong

Social entrepreneur Gavin Armstrong is the founder of Lucky Iron Fish, a social business and B-Corp aiming to combat iron deficiency. Nearly 3.5 billion people around the world suffer from iron deficiency or anemia, resulting in constant fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating at school or at work. The Iron Lucky Fish is a piece of iron cast in the shape of a fish. When boiled with food or broth, it releases enough iron to provide up to 90% of the daily necessary intake. Turning this simple idea into reality was no easy task. Gavin started the B-Corp in Cambodia while simultaneously pursuing a PhD. He went for years without a salary. He made mistake after mistake and things didn't work out as planned. Yet Gavin kept tinkering and iterating. The Lucky Iron Fish is a global phenomena now. Gavin was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for social entrepreneurship. Many people in [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|

LEAVING WALL STREET TO FEED THE HOMELESS–WITH CNN HERO ROBERT LEE, FOUNDER OF RESCUING LEFTOVER CUISINE

Growing up as a child of Korean immigrant parents, Robert Lee experienced hunger first hand. There were times where all his family could afford was instant ramen. While studying at NYU's Stern School of Business, he joined a campus organization that delivered leftover cafeteria food to local homeless shelters. It was there that Robert learned that one in six Americans struggle with food insecurity. Yet strangely, 40% of food in the US goes to waste. After graduating, he worked for JP Morgan where the pay was high. Simultaneously, he started the nonprofit organization Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and ran it during the weekends and evenings. As a social entrepreneur, Robert worked doggedly. “If something is important to you, you make time. And you do it," he said. Eventually, he quit JP Morgan so he could work for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine full time. People discouraged him, thinking he would regret leaving such a lucrative job. Yet he [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|

ONE WOMAN’S QUEST TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION IN HAITI—with Nedgine Paul, Forbes 30 Under 30

Social entrepreneur Nedgine Paul immigrated from Haiti to the US at a young age. After graduating from Yale, she received her masters of education at Harvard University. She gained valuable experience working for the prominent charter school network known as Achievement First and then working for Dr. Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health in Haiti. Shortly after, Nedgine Paul started the nonprofit organization, Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti). The NGO recruits and trains local Haitians and sends them out to teach in some of the toughest and most rural schools in Haiti. In a country where she must battle constant blackouts, natural disasters, and the fact that only 30% of children pass primary school, she is fighting against all the odds in her quest to create a new narrative for her home country. Nedgine Paul is an Echoing Green Fellow and was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurship. Listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher, and hit the subscribe button to download [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

Students Helping Honduras Staff Highlight, Amanda Fennell (Chief Operating Officer)

I had the privilege of interviewing one of my best friends and the person who I spend the most time with at work: Amanda Fennell, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Students Helping Honduras. In this episode, Amanda Fennell talks about getting adopted from an orphanage in Colombia, childhood in America, how she dealt with her "ugly duckling" years, the tragic loss that devastated her family, her first (tumultuous) exposure to leadership where she was called "awful", favorite books, what she REALLY thinks of me as her boss, what was going through her mind during her first trip to Honduras, how she raised $125,000 while in college, why she quit a high-paying "dream job" to help SHH, what it's really like having a location-independent work arrangement, her newest side-hustle, and more. As COO of an organization with an annual budget of almost $1 million and network of 5,000+ volunteers, Amanda does it all: answering phone calls & emails, [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|

HOW A STUDENT AT UMD RAISED $30,000 FOR STUDENTS HELPING HONDURAS THROUGH LETTER WRITING–with Melissa Frankenberry

While studying at the University of Maryland, Melissa Frankenberry raised more than $30,000 for Students Helping Honduras. She did it mostly through letter writing fundraising. In this episode, she breaks down her process step-by-step and talks about facing her own fears when making the ask. 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 notes for Melissa Frankenberry Melissa Frankenberry first heard about SHH at UMD’s First Look Fair where 500+ clubs on campus try to recruit members She was actually looking for Habitat for Humanity and instead joined SHH! She knew very little about Honduras She remembers the upperclassmen members like Nahal, Kristin, Peter, Brandon Melissa still remembers the first meeting still She volunteered in Honduras four times while at UMD Honduras was Melissa’s first exposure to a developing country She worked [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|

SURVIVING 2,200 MILES ON A BICYCLE THROUGH EUROPE FOR STUDENTS HELPING HONDURAS–with Cristy Falcone

Cristy Falcone, Bike for Honduras Want to learn how to raise money for your favorite charity by traveling across a continent on a bicycle?Long-time Students Helping Honduras support Cristy Falcone biked 2,200 miles through Europe for SHH. On her daring expedition from Oslo to Paris, she got lost, stuck in rain storms, slept in her tent, and faced gear malfunction. At one point, she crashed and injured herself badly. Cristy Falcone pedaled 50 miles (5-7 hours) nearly every single day for the cause. Learn how she physically trained herself, learned to fix & maintain her bicycle, got the right equipment, packed, stayed fueled, slept, and built up her fundraising platform. Get an understanding of where your mind will be before, during, and after such an epic feat. Check out Cristy Falcone’s Bike For Honduras. Listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|

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|