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Impact Network is a US-based non-profit organization that provides technology-based education solutions to children in rural Zambia. Impact Network is currently recruiting for the Impact Advocates program. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience running an advocacy campaign and developing and executing a fundraising project. The program is also a great way for college-level students to gain knowledge of the educational landscape in an international context.

Grasso-Grant_r1In 2011, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame launched the Ella T. Grasso Leadership in Action Grant Program*, designed to honor the late Governor Ella Tambussi Grasso and her lifetime of public service and civic engagement. Believing that there is no better way to learn leadership skills than by developing and implementing a project plan and also that young people have the potential to find creative new ways to address community issues and problems, we strive to encourage and applaud their ingenuity. Our goal is to provide opportunities for college students to have real-world leadership-in-training experiences that foster real social change. Grant recipients will design and implement a community action project from start to finish. A faculty advisor/sponsor’s involvement is required, but it is the student who will develop the specifics of the project, outline goals and objectives for its outcomes, put together a plan for its implementation, create budgets and timelines, follow through with the project’s implementation, and report on successes, failures, and the true impact of the project on the community.

Grant Details

Grant(s) will be awarded each fall to young women enrolled at Connecticut colleges or universities to fund or partially fund community action or public service projects. The project must be completed within one year following the grant award. Deadline for submission of applications: July 15. Download Application Form (PDF)


Young women entering their junior or senior year at a Connecticut college or university are eligible to apply. Second-year students enrolled at two-year community colleges are also eligible. Students enrolled in a graduate program are also eligible to apply. Applicants intending to carry out a community action project in Connecticut during the grant period are eligible to apply for the grant. Applicants are eligible regardless of their primary area of study.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Any community action, community service, or community outreach project is eligible for consideration.  Additionally, because of our 2014 theme, Shaping our World: Women in Design & Innovation, eligible projects can address a community problem or issue in an innovative way. Possible examples include educational programs; STEM-focused programs for girls; projects affiliated with a community service/non-profit organization; community service projects that help the homeless, the aging, women in crisis, or other underserved groups; and projects that help preserve the environment, advance technology or scientific study. Preference will be given to projects focusing on serving women or raising awareness of women’s issues and/or projects that pertain to this year’s STEM-related theme.

Interim and Follow-Up Reporting

Each grant recipient will be required to present her project and its final results to a special committee composed of CWHF staff, Board of Trustee members, and/or representatives from CWHF sponsoring organizations. In addition to final reporting, interim progress reports will be required with the schedule for these reports to be determined based on the timeline submitted for the project. Electronic versions of the project and results reports will be archived on the CWHF website to serve as a resource for future students and researchers. The project must be completed and its resultant reports submitted to CWHF no later than one year from the date of the grant award.

At the discretion of the CWHF, its Board, and sponsoring partners, applicants selected for final consideration may be asked for an in-person interview prior to grant awards. Awards will be presented at the CWHF’s Annual Induction Ceremony.  Attendance of grant recipients is expected at the event.


*Amber Smith ’14 won the Ella Grasso Grant in 2013. Read more here.

blueprintThe Blueprint Schools Network is seeking passionate, qualified individuals to apply for our Fellowship Program operating in Denver, St. Louis, and Boston for the 2014/2015 school year! As a Blueprint Fellow, you’ll be taking part in a national movement to promote educational equity and improve life outcomes for students. Our Fellows are the foundation for the high-dosage daily tutoring program implemented across our partner schools to bolster academic achievement. Fellows provide daily differentiated academic lessons to five or six groups of just two to four students each.To learn more and to apply, please visit our website.

Position Summary

Blueprint Fellows play an integral role in heightening student achievement in schools across the country. On a daily basis, Fellows build individualized lessons and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps students may have to strengthen academic performance inside the classroom. During the course of the year, Fellows are building strong relationships that help to increase each student’s self-confidence in and commitment to his/her education, helping to foster a positive future for each student.

While teachers have classrooms of 25 or 30 students, Fellows manage no more than 4 students at a time. This allows for the individualization of remedial and supplemental instruction. Fellows are charged with focusing on the individual needs of their students, helping to bolster and accelerate student achievement while helping to close any skill gaps that may exist.


Fellows have a variety of responsibilities that allow them to be an integral piece of their student’s educational experience. Fellow responsibilities typically fall into one of the following categories: Instruction, Planning, Communication & Feedback, and Compliance.

To Apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website, to learn more about the program and access the application.


Wheeli Gaming Day
Friday, April 18
Usdan Multi-Purpose Room

This just in from Jean-Pierre Adechi ’10 — founder of Wheeli (http://www.wheeli.us/), Touche de Finesse (tdfcatering.com), Authorized Dealer Films (adfnyc.com), and the Alphabet City Dolly Film Festival (abcdfilmfestival.com) — and his student team at Wesleyan:

Wheeli, the college carpooling app started by Wes alum Jean-Pierre Adéchi ’10, is coming to campus during WesFest! Drop by for free video games, music, and food, and find out more about this incredible app!

For more information about this event, visit the Facebook event here.

SVDePaulConsider participating in the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger with other Wesleyan folks and Middletown residents. This walk will directly benefit St. Vincent De Paul’s soup kitchen and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown as they’ll be able to keep 80% of the profits earned. You can join the already established Wesleyan group, donate to a team member and ask your friends to join or sponsor you. Sherri Condon is the team captain for Wesleyan walkers. If you’re interested in participating, please contact her at scondon@wesleyan.edu and she’ll help you get registered and order you a team t-shirt!

Info on the Foodshare walk (do not confuse with the CT Food Bank Walks happening the same day, also a great walk but this one directly benefits Middletown residents):




Intern, Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston: Created in the fall of 2011, the Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston is comprised of undergraduate and graduate interns working under the direction of full time office staff. This position requires working with campus associates as well as other community members to further building and strengthening our relationship with the community of Charleston. (Deadline: Friday, April 18)


queenscountyParalegal and Cold Case Analyst, Queens County District Attorney’s Office: The Queens County District Attorney’s Office welcomes applications from recent college graduates. Candidates should have an interest in criminal justice and possess strong inter-personal, organizational, and writing skills. Candidates for the Cold Case Analyst position would benefit from an interest in and some familiarity with forensic DNA.


HatuaIntern, Hatua Likoni: Hatua Likoni is a community NGO working to promote education and employment among youth in Likoni, Kenya. Through scholarships, mentoring, and career guidance, Hatua helps top students gain the skills, credentials, and networks they need to contribute to and benefit from Kenya’s growing economy. Interns interested in providing mentoring and career guidance for youth, library services, teaching writing or computer skills, communications, M&E, or project management can volunteer directly with Hatua Likoni. Those interested in teaching primary school, assisting at an orphanage, doing public health outreach, or coaching football can work with one of a number of organizations doing good work on behalf of children and youth in Likoni.  More information (Deadline: Thursday, May 1)


BrighterDawnsFellow, Brighter DawnsBrighter Dawns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to resolving health issues in slum communities in South Asia. Our current goal is to improve health and quality of life for residents of Ward 12, an urban slum in Khalishpur, Bangladesh. Our current project addresses clean water access and lack of sanitation by repairing and maintaining tube wells and sanitary latrines, as well as holding health seminars to teach women and schoolchildren the importance of basic sanitary practices such as hand-washing. (Deadline: Tuesday, May 20)

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1fortheplanet1% for the Planet (1%) exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Launched in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia, Inc.) and Craig Mathews (Blue Ribbon Flies), 1% is a growing, global network of companies that give at least 1% of their annual sales to nonprofit organizations focused on issues of sustainability. 1% is a brand-driven organization that engages people and inspires them to make better choices as consumers. Through our unique and innovative model, we are growing a movement that has significantly improved funding and support for environmental causes and the activists who champion them. Membership currently consists of over 1100 businesses in 48 countries, together giving over $20 million annually to more than 3,000 environmental groups worldwide, with more than $100 million given to date. Our future goals are ambitious. We seek to become, collectively, the largest funder of environmental work on the Planet.

The Internship:

1% for the Planet is seeking a Business Case and Partnerships Intern to join our close-knit team in Waitsfield, Vermont. The ideal candidate will be adept working both independently and in team settings and have a passion for sustainability and the power of story. Attention to detail combined with an ability to see the big picture is key. Responsibilities include:

1) The intern will work with our Community Development Team (CDT) to help develop the business case for our model. The business case will draw on research and analysis to demonstrate the value – or return on investment – for companies that choose to be 1% FTP members. Tasks associated with this work include developing a project outline with the CDT leader, assembling research from the web, from interviews, and from other sources to populate the outline, analyzing and drawing conclusions from
research, developing a draft business case, incorporating feedback, and producing a final draft.

2) The intern will also work with our Director of Partnerships to develop 2-3 case studies of partnerships in our network that are instructive for further development of our model. The intern will draw on research and direct outreach to gather details, anecdotes, data, and images that can be woven into compelling case studies. Tasks associated with this work include conversations with 1%FTP staff to identify partnerships, outreach to gather information, collaboration with Director of Partnerships to determine partnerships for focus, production of draft and final case studies. This intern will report to the Director of Partnerships, but will work closely with the CDT as well.


The folks at 1% are a tightly knit crew. We work and play hard. We value the incredible places and people that our jobs get us in touch with. We are passionate about business and the environment and we care deeply about the impact of our work.


wildgiftEvery year, The Wild Gift recruits a new class of talented social entrepreneurs, ages 21-35, to its Network of Fellows.  Successful applicants are talented visionaries committed to and capable of bringing about urgently needed change to better our world.

If selected to join the Network, you will receive The Wild Gift, which consists of:

  • a deep wilderness trek in the Idaho wilderness to refine your vision,
  • up to $10,000 as a grant to further your work,
  • access to professional mentors to help translate your vision to reality, and
  • membership in a dynamic and growing community of new thinkers determined to have a significant impact in promoting peaceable community development in balance with the resources and values of wild nature.


What is the “Wild Gift” and what will I receive if selected?

If you are selected as a Wild Gift Fellow, you will receive:

1. The Wild Gift: A 20-day winter wilderness immersion experience in Idaho backcountry

2. A $350 allowance for airfare to Idaho

3. A project mentor(s) who will work with you throughout the course of your Fellowship, plus access to a pool of resource mentors to provide specific expertise when needed

4. Seed funding grant up to $10,000 paid out in  quarterly installments

5. Opportunity to participate in a synergy river trip in Idaho at the end of your Fellowship, alumni retreats, and other gatherings provided all grant requirements are satisfied

4. Life time membership in the vibrant Wild Gift Network that includes alumni, mentors and other supporters



What commitment will I be making as a Fellow?

If you accept the Fellowship, you will be agreeing to the following:

1. Participation in the Idaho Winter Alpine Expedition February 6 – 24, 2015.

2. Meeting all deadlines including revising your social venture plan, meeting with your mentor, quarterly reporting, updating your Wild Gift Fellow profile, etc.

3. Pay It Forward — serve as a mentor, Alumni Council member, and/or donor following your 16-month fellowship.


I’m not an American or Canadian citizen. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

No. While your venture can be located anywhere in the world, you must be an American or Canadian citizen to apply.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be between the ages of 21 and 35 as of February 6, 2015.

Must I have a developed social venture to apply?

In addition to meeting other eligibility requirements, applicants should have plans in place for an early stage social venture that serves the Wild Gift Mission – a self-designed venture that promotes the stewardship of wild nature and/or development of sustainable communities.  (To date, we have supported projects in the areas of  education, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, energy efficiency and innovation, community development, water, health care, public policy and wildland conservation and stewardship.)

My venture is based outside the US. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes, as long as you meet our other eligibility criteria.

My venture is structured as a for-profit organization. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes, as long as you meet our other eligibility criteria. Wild Gift seeks applications for innovative entrepreneurs creating high-impact social change, regardless of profit structure.

If I applied for the Wild Gift Fellowship in the past, may I reapply?

Yes. If you applied for a Wild Gift Fellowship in the past, you are welcome to reapply as long as your social venture meets our eligibility criteria.

I am currently a full time student. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes. You may apply for our Fellowship Program while you are a full time student. However you must have completed your studies by the beginning of your Fellowship period. If you are awarded a Wild Gift Fellowship, you are agreeing to make your venture your primary focus for the Fellowship 16 month period of time

I am working towards my doctorate degree. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship to fund a research project in support of my degree requirements?

No. Unfortunately Wild Gift does not provide scholarship money or fund research.

I am working on a book or film  that I believe will have significant social impact. Am I eligible?

Not as a general rule. Wild Gift funds ideas for creating sustainable ventures; we do not fund discrete projects.

I currently have a full time job and have been running my social venture on the side. Am I eligible to apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes. If your venture meets all eligibility criteria and you are prepared to make it your primary focus, you may apply. Please note that if you are awarded a Wild Gift Fellowship, you are expected to commit no less than 20 hours per week to your venture.

Do I need to have 501(c)(3) status before I can apply for a fellowship?

No, you do not need to establish 501(c)(3) status or register your organization before you apply.

I have never run a social enterprise before. May I still apply for your program?

Yes. Wild Gift believes in identifying and supporting talented, yet unproven social entrepreneurs.

My organization was founded by several people. Can we all apply for the Wild Gift Fellowship?

No. Only one founder may apply per organization. As a result, please choose one individual to represent your organization to Wild Gift. However, this does not require you to change your internal leadership structure. Even if only one founder can be a Wild Gift Fellow, you can have as many people leading your organization as you see fit.

Do you give preferences to diverse applicants?

Wild Gift embraces diversity and as such, we strive to diversify our Wild Gift Network to ensure broader views and perspectives to today’s challenges.  Preference will be given to applicants who come from diverse personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds and experience including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education level, culture, religion, disability, physical appearance, or any other difference that would allow us a diverse perspective.


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