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Elfenworks Partners with Wings of Hope

For Immediate Release Elfenworks Partners with Wings of Hope on #Haiku4Hope to spread hope and save a child’s life! San Mateo, California (January 20, 2017) –Today The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Wings of Hope (wingsofhope.ngo) announced the start of #Haiku4Hope, a month-long social media initiative to spread hope through the community. “People are ready for… Continue Reading

Butterfly Stressbuster App Update

For Immediate Release App 2.0 Arrives Just in Time for Holidays Now with Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and “Alt” English Stress-Busting Gets Boost San Mateo, California (December 14, 2016) – The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with app developer Tip-Tok, today announced the release of an fresh new update to the Breathing Butterfly app.  “With so many… Continue Reading

Star of Hope Shines in Beijing

For Immediate Release: Star of Hope Shines in Beijing Elfenworks, CUEB Announce Partnership Fostering Social Entrepreneurship November 16, 2015 – In partnership with the College of Urban Economics and Public Administration / Capital University of Economics and Business in China and with Elfenworks Productions, LLC, The Elfenworks Foundation announced today an effort to catalyze the nascent field of… Continue Reading

CSUMB Student Scholars Shine

For Immediate Release Elfenworks, CSUMB  Join Forces Three Scholars Honored   Study of Social Entrepreneurship Gets Boost San Mateo, California (December 14, 2016) – The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with California State University at Monterey Bay and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, announced the winners in CSUMB’s first ever student social entrepreneurship scholarship, a project shepherded by Professor… Continue Reading

Four Finalists Announced for Kiev Scholarship

For Immediate Release Scholarship to Promote Social Entrepreneurship  Elfenworks, Kiev Taras Schevenko Vet Young Hopefuls San Mateo, California (December 14, 2016) – The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Kiev Taras Schevchenko National University and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, today announced the four finalists selected in the University’s first-ever scholarship opportunity for budding social entrepreneurs: an Elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Scholarships at CSUMB

The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with California State University at Monterey Bay and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, is please to announce CSUMB’s first ever student social entrepreneurship scholarship, a project shepherded by Professor Lisa Watson. This project offers a scholarship opportunity to students who are studying the social entrepreneurship methodology we call The Seven Pillars.   [ Press Release]… Continue Reading

Scholarship Finalists Announced in Ukraine

The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Kiev Taras Schevchenko National University and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, is pleased to announce an Elfenworks Student Competition on Social Entrepreneurship, to be awarded in April, 2017. [Read the Press Release] [Elfenworks Productions Press]Phase II of the competition towards this new Elfenworks Scholarship took place at the Institute of International… Continue Reading

IHH Press Release 2016

The Elfenworks Foundation Honors Social Entrepreneurs BUILD, CODE2040 and Lava Mae with 2016 In Harmony with Hope™ Awards totaling $75,000 Elfenworks Celebrates a Decade of Hope and Recognizes Bay Area Women Creating Local Change with National Impact (Burlingame, CA), September 29, 2016 — The Elfenworks Foundation, an organization that works for hope in America by fostering… Continue Reading

CMF Press Release 2016

Elfenworks Student Filmmakers Tackle Social Justice Issues The Elfenworks Foundation and Campus MovieFest help students address social justice issues through filmmaking  [PDF Press Release]  [CMF Main Page] Atlanta GA & San Mateo CA, August 16, 2016 – Elfenworks is teaming up with Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival, for the 9th year to… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Street Crusade

Film Description: A documentary style look at various people and groups striving to make a difference in the world of gang violence. From education to tattoo removal, people are dedicating their lives to making a change in individuals’ lives as well as their community at large. Film By: Eric Tollar, Emerson College Winner: First Prize,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Art of Overcoming Poverty

Film Description: With 24% of Atlanta’s population living below the poverty line, this film takes a look at the systems set in place that keep the poor at a disadvantage, as well as individuals working against those systems. Film By: Nathan Black, Georgia Institute of Technology Winner: Honorable Mention (Best Message) 2008 Reposting? Consider These… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Face of Poverty

Film Description: An artistic documentary exploration of a small section of New York City, and how different the world can look in terms of wealth and poverty, for people who may live only a few blocks apart. Film By: Arnold Mwanjila, Barnard & Columbia Winner: Honorable Mention (Artistic Excellence) 2008 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #studentpoetry… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Volunteer

Film Description: “Volunteer” is a transgenerational story of two women, Dr. Josephine Reed Taylor, President of Atlanta Technical College and the Assistant Commissioner of the Georgia Office of Adult Literacy, and Odessa Whiters, an EAGLE Award Winning literacy volunteer who have dedicated their lives to the dream of a fully literate Georgia. Film By: David… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Hands of Change

Film Description: How would you change the world? Real people offer their messages to the world through a simple visual act. Film By: Jen Brown, Sonoma State University Winner: Honorable Mention (Artistic Excellence), 2009 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #ripplemaker #steppingin #cmf2009 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Homeboy Industries

Film Description: Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the US, possibly the world. The people within the organization call it “a miracle,” a “family,” “magical,” and “a chance to be a better man.” With the motto “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” Father Greg Boyle has given gang members a chance… Continue Reading

Student Feature: A Time For Hope

Film Description: A modern day Cinderella about a young woman named Hope who wants nothing more than a college education. When a Fairy Godmother and a helpful professor take interest, her dreams may finally have a chance to come true. Film By: Jennifer Mae Fletke, U. C. Berkeley Winner: Honorable Mention (Storytelling) Reposting? Consider These… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Building a Connection (Project Homeless Connect)

Film Description: If San Francisco’s homeless community had a “one stop shopping” space for a multitude of different needs and services, what a difference it could make in people’s lives. Project Homeless Connect is about “people coming together with people,” to give individuals access to much needed services, but even more than that, it provides… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Propagating Peace

Film Description: A powerful look at how a person can make a difference in their community. “Propagating Peace” centers around Sharath Mekala, the founder of Village Vitals, an organization dedicated to connecting the people around him and propagating peace through an increased sense of community in Atlanta. Film By: SockCymbal, Georgia Tech Winner: First Prize,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Take the Hit (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Film Description: A disturbing look at the effect of verbal abuse on a young woman, and the dangers of not seeing the signs. Film By: Olivia Grant Esterhuysen, Team Poms, U. C. Berkeley Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, this category is now closed) 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #violence #abuse #genderissues #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices… Continue Reading

Student Feature: I Trusted You (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Film Description: A brutal question: When someone you know and trust violates that trust in a horrific way, how can you find it in yourself to forgive them? Film By: Team Tinashakiyah Productions, Atlanta University Center Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, this category is now closed) 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #violence #abuse #genderissues #cmf2011… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Gerstein Report

Film Description: This is the true story of Kurt Gerstein, a Nazi officer who risked his life to inform the Allies of the horrors of the WWII concentration camps. Film By: Matt Fennell, Emory University Winner: Honorable Mention (Ripple maker) 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #docudrama #ethics #takingastand #ripplemaker #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Unemployed

Film Description: With such widespread unemployment in America, it takes a lot of heart, and possibly a lot of sacrifice, to get that first step up. Film By: Tiffany Harrell, Georgia State University Winner: Honorable Mention, 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poverty #economics #unemployment #jobs #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Planting Seeds

Film Description: An inherently good man who is unable to find a job still manages to make the world a better place, one small interaction at a time. Film By: Grant Smucker, Ohio State University Winner: Honorable Mention, 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #ripplemaker #helpinghand #takingastand #steppingin #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Negative Contrast

Film Description: A mockumentary exploring a reality where heterosexuality is deviant behavior. Watch as a high school news team gathers opinions on the straight phenomenon. Film By: Team Dana Barraco, Whittier College Winner: Honorable Mention, 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #perspective #genderissues #genderidentity #cmf2011 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: The Busker

Film Description: How easy is it to judge those around us when they seem to be making the wrong choices? A street musician and a businessman have a run in, though neither’s story is what the other may expect. Film By: Albert Lee, Rutgers Winner: Honorable Mention, 2011 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poverty #jobs #unemployment… Continue Reading

Student Feature: 100 Strong    

Film Description:    100 Strong is a San Diego nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to their community 100%. Inspired to action by the acts of violence within their community, the group’s members are committed to making a difference through peace, support, and information. “It’s not a hundred people, it’s just a hundred strong.”  Community action.… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Blind Eye

Film Description: As two men go about their day, they pass by multiple people in need. What would happen if they chose not to ignore the violence and poverty to which they have become blind? We may not all be heroes, but we all have a choice to make a difference. Film By: Chris Stevens,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: In the Forest of Darkness

Film Description: In this dark look at the dangers of complacency, a woman must decide if she has it in her to stand up to the horrific illegal activities that go on in her home. Film By: Jason Zavaleta, SFSU Winner: Honorable Mention (Horror, a closed category), 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #trafficking #slavery #violence… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Power to Kill

Film Description: What if every gun owner had to experience dying firsthand? Through a futuristic simulator, this film creates a world in which the power to kill is never taken lightly. Film By: Jack McClintock, Ohio State University Winner: Honorable Mention (Sci Fi), 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #democracy #violence #scifi #gunviolence #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Every Bottle Counts

Film Description: A lighthearted look at an important subject: what if all the plastic bottles we used followed us around? 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day, and even when recycled, they damage the Earth. This film reminds viewers: save your money, and save our planet. Film By: Diana Ramos, Bridgewater State University… Continue Reading

Student Feature: I Am Human

Film Description: More than 20 individuals, speaking in over 15 languages, express one singular message: that we are all human. We all have struggles, and we all have hope. Film By: Jacob Spaulding, University of Georgia Winner: Honorable Mention, 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #perspective #hope #solidarity #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: A Day of Hope

Film Description: A tale of second chances and reentry into the workforce. A day of hope and overcoming. Film By: Ryan Palm, Yoni Shrira Winner: Second Prize, 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #hope #jobtraining #workforce #reentry #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Taking a Stand

Film Description: Through a powerful music video, one woman makes a promise not to be silent as human sex trafficking terrorizes women’s lives. Film By: Courtney Wong, Rutgers Winner: First Prize, 2012 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poetry #studentpoetry #trafficking #slavery #ripplemaker #steppingin #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Lemonade

Film Description: A surprisingly pragmatic young girl attempts to navigate the American economy with her lemonade stand. Film By: Valentina Vee, UCLA Winner: Fourth Prize, 2013 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #economics #perspective #poverty #cmf2012 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: See Me

Film Description: A musical exploration of a young man in need of a job, and the inner demons repeating external, often superficial criticisms he faces. Sometimes we all must demand to be seen for who we really are. Film By: James Davis, Hunter College Winner: Third Prize, 2013 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poetry #studentpoetry #perspectives #socialcommentary… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Difference

Film Description: At some moment in time, we all have the opportunity to step in and make a difference in another person’s life. It may be a small choice, but that makes it even easier to overlook. What happens when one student sees another struggling and chooses not to look away? Film By: Sergio Acuña,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Power to the People

Film Description: A poetic, hopeful call to action in the form of a powerful music video. Film By: Brad Wong, Leo Volcy, The Meteorites, University of Arizona Winner: First Prize, 2013 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #poetry #studentpoetry #perspectives #socialcommentary #message #cmf2013 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Who We Are

Film Description:    A young woman pursued her dream to produce her own music, only to be flooded with hateful insults online. This film serves as a reminder that it takes so little to be kind, and we always have the option to support each other, even strangers on the internet. Film By:  Ziona Wright, University… Continue Reading

Student Feature: It’s Okay

Film Description: A poetic, musical exploration of what it means to be homeless. For those who have nowhere to live, as well as those who have nowhere where they feel welcome, hope is the key to living. Film By: Kyle White, Team Rogue Squad, Indiana University. Winner: Honorable Mention (Most Creative), 2014 Reposting? Consider These… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Edify

Film Description: A brief documentary about the Atlanta organization Taking It to the Streets, and three men who have dedicated their lives to serving and feeding those in need in their city. Film By: Russell Hamilton, Georgia Perimeter College Winner: Honorable Mention, 2014 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #steppingin #ripplemaker #hope #hunger #truestory #cmf2014 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: 3 Questions/27 People

Film Description: 27 real people answer three simple questions: What bothers you the most? What have you done to change that? What are you ridiculously good at? We all have skills and value, but how can we all make a difference and what is going to change if we don’t even try? Film By: Krystal… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Game Changer

Film Description: What would happen if we viewed our lives as video games, if we could see ahead enough steps to help ourselves and others, in ways that may be impossible in our everyday lives. In “Game Changer,” a man lives his life in this way, viewing the world as a game he can change… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Caretaker

Film Description: An untold story about homelessness and human trafficking. A young man risks his life to help a boy in danger. Film By: Patrick Walker (three time winner), Georgia Perimeter College Winner: Third Prize, 2014 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #humantrafficking #slavery #homelessness #steppingin #ripplemaker #hope #cmf2014 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Stand Up

Film Description: These ripple-makers are standing up, one by one, for education outreach, for animal rights, for sustainability, for civic engagement, for compassion, for climate change, and for so much more. These ripple makers are standing up for our shared future. Their invitation stands. Film By: Alexandra Morris’ Crew, Northeastern University Winner: Second Prize, 2014… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Systematic Living

Film Description: A young woman muses, “In our dreams, we can escape reality, even if it’s just for a moment.” She dreams about escaping poverty, described as systematic living: the chain reaction spurred by a lack of opportunities and education in her community. She struggles to keep her dreams alive, using spoken word as way… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Ink

Film Description: Everybody loves to have their opinions heard, but sometimes we forget how our words can leave a lasting impression. Words can hurt. It’s a powerful visual, seeing how the words actually show up, on this young person’s body. Film By: Joss Serrallier, University College London Winner: Honorable Mention (UK) 2015 Reposting? Consider These… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Stuck in the Space Between          

Film Description:A young woman bravely shares her perspective on mental illness; what it’s like to be stuck ‘in the space in between.’ Film By:  Samantha Armstrong, Goldsmiths, University of London 2014 Winner:    Honorable Mention (UK) 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags:  #mentalhealth #perspective #cmfUK #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Call Me Again

Film Description: This young man clings to the hope of acceptance, as the film’s simple message comes across strongly: lose everything, but not your hope. Film By: Thomas Alberti, Ravensbourne (UK) Winner: Honorable Mention (UK) Reposting? Consider These Tags: #genderidentity #hope #acceptance #cmfUK #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: A Living Wage A Better Life

Film Description: This film is exactly what it says it is: a call to a living wage, for a better life. Film By: Team Brainstorming, Ravensbourne (UK) Winner: Honorable Mention (UK) Reposting? Consider These Tags: #livingwage #economics #calltoaction #cmfUK #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature:  Change, Please  

Film Description:    Through the seemingly unending repetition of one homeless man’s request for passersby to “spare small change, please,” we see how much a small a gesture can mean for those in need. Film By: Kit Ashton, University of London Winner: Third Prize (UK) Reposting? Consider These Tags:  #homelessness #calltoaction #cmfUK #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple

Student Feature: Silent T

Film Description: A short and poetic film centered on one young person’s journey through the world of gender identity, explaining that not everyone experiences gender as binary, set in a larger context of the violence waged against transgendered people worldwide. Transgender issues are in the national spotlight at the moment, but are still largely misunderstood.… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Sculpted

Film Description: One young woman tells the story of her community-driven genital mutilation at a young age. Setting her very personal words to visceral, sometimes shocking and uncomfortable imagery, “The Sculpted” is a film that is not easy to forget. Film By: Miholyn Soon & Ellie Jones, University of Westminster Winner: First Prize (United Kingdom)… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Us

Film Description: A woman battles with herself as she hides from her abusive partner, deciding what to do next. Film By: Matthew Singer, Northeastern Winner: Honorable Mention (Inner Strength) 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #gender #abuse #innerstrength #genderjustice #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: The Right Decision

Film Description: This powerful, fictional tale imagines an FBI director grappling with the tradeoff between national security and privacy. Film By: Indra Sofian, Georgia Institute of Technology Winner: Honorable Mention (Democracy) 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #citizenship #democracy #ethicaldilemma #cmf2015 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: ID

Film Description: “ID” combines music and spoken word with an all too familiar scene of tension between an African American community and the police. We all spend our lives immersed in stereotypes. What happens when we take a moment to look deeper at ourselves and those around us? Film By: Joyce Eli and Jean Lu Bevins,… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Brave

Film Description: A filmmaker travelled his campus asking people one question: “If I told you that the person watching this was considering suicide, what would you say to them?” The responses he got are a powerful reminder that no one is alone. Film By: Jordan Taylor, UNCP Winner:  Honorable Mention (Hope) 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags:… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Victimized (A Victim’s Eyes)

Film Description: When a young black man is shot and killed by a white police officer, his family must work to move forward. This film explores all angles of the road to forgiveness, both in forgiving others and in forgiving oneself. Film By: Patrick Walker, Georgia Perimeter College Winner: Fourth Prize, 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags:… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Less Than Human

Film Description: So many people view the homeless as “less than human,” but when we walk on by without trying to help others, what level of humanity is that? This documentary looks at individuals on both sides of this issue: those who are homeless, and those struggling to make a difference, battling systems set up to… Continue Reading

Student Feature: A Terrible Thing

Film Description:  A young college-bound man struggles to reconcile the person he knows himself to be with how he feels he appears. When the world tells you you’re terrible no matter what path you choose, how do you break free? The word play at the ending is terribly brilliant, echoing the old United Negro College… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Disobedience

Film Description:  This well-crafted film touches on multiple social-justice issues, including child witness to violence, bullying and gender identity, with a cameo from a Blue Morpho butterfly, allowing hope to take a beautiful, fantastical form. Film By: Jade Jiyau Zhau, UCLA Winner:First Prize, 2015 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #message #hope #genderidentity #violence #bullying #childwitnesstoviolence #riseabove… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Reflections

Film Description: Here’s a little tale of one person helping in a creative way. The twist: do we see ourselves, reflected, and want a reflection of ourselves as more giving? Film By: Northeastern University Winner: Honorable Mention (Ripple Maker) 2016 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #homelessness #ripplemaker #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Awakened

Film Description: This message bears repeating: love isn’t abuse, and nobody is immune. Film By: University of Tampa Winner:  Honorable Mention (Message) 2016 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #abuse #gender #message #hope #violence #bullying #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Campus MovieFest (CMF),… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Hidden Amongst Us

Film Description: Here’s an eye-opener on student homelessness, which can be hiding in plain sight. Film By: Rutgers University Winner:  Honorable Mention 2016 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #homelessness #studenthousing #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Campus MovieFest (CMF), invites students to enter the… Continue Reading

Student Feature: I, Alone

Film Description: A timely reminder of how the innocents suffer when we paint with broad brushes of hate – in this case a Muslim-American faces difficulties due to a knee-jerk response to extremism. Film By: University of South Carolina Winner: First Place, 2016. Reposting? Consider These Tags: #perspectives #islamophobia #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks… Continue Reading

Student Feature: King of the Ring

Film Description:  What makes a role model? One young boxer – formerly incarcerated – is poised to find out. Film By: Indiana University Winner:  2nd Prize, 2016 Reposting? Consider These Tags: #truestory #hope #rolemodel #incarceration #boxing #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the Elfenworks Campus Moviefest Student Social Justice Award The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership… Continue Reading

Student Feature: A Closer Look at Poverty

Film Description: In this “call to action” film explaining poverty, many possible ways of helping are explored. Sometimes, one person makes all the difference. Stetson University Film By:Live Wealthy’s Crew at Stetson University. Winner: Honorable Mention, 2016 (Call to Action) Reposting? Consider These Tags: #calltoaction #poverty #homelessness #cmf2016 #campusmoviefest #elfenworks #studentvoices #socialjustice #makearipple About the… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Frozen, Wary, Phobic of Being Seen

Film Description: The students named it and told the story before it hit the headlines: rape culture is shameful. In this powerful film, the wake of the abuse is written on her very skin, as the narrator reminds the viewer to stop, listen, believe, and place the blame where it belongs. Film By: College of New… Continue Reading

Student Feature: Uncommon Cents

Film Description: A young man, encouraged by his teacher to pursue his college dreams, is a beacon of hope to his younger brother. We believe along with them as together they refuse to let circumstances dominate their tomorrows. “I can, I will, I must!” Film By: Patrick Walker, Georgia Perimeter Winner: Alumni Honorable Mention, 2016. Reposting? Consider… Continue Reading

“Star of Hope” Scholarship at CUEB China

The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Capital University of Economics and Business (Beijing, China) and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, is pleased to offer a competitive “Star of Hope” Scholarship opportunity. The award aims to shine a light on the practice, encouraging aspiring young social entrepreneurs. The project, a joint effort to catalyze the nascent field of social entrepreneurship… Continue Reading

CMF Student Filmmaker – Feedback & Highlights

Below, our YouTube playlist. You can watch all the winners and runners-up from the inception of the program: Please note that all prizes are awarded by Campus MovieFest at or shortly after the Los Angeles Finale. See www.campusmoviefest.com/hollywood for more information about the big event. More on this award (with handy how-to film) is on our CMF General… Continue Reading

MoneyThink

About MoneyThink MoneyThink recruits and trains college volunteers to serve as near-peer role models, college mentors, and financial coaches to low-income teens in high school classrooms within our communities. In partnership with schools and community organizations, MoneyThink volunteers lead 11th-and-12th-graders through a 21-week program focused on the real-world financial decisions that young people face. Moneythink is… Continue Reading

HandUp

About HandUp Handup is a crowdsourcing model to help neighbors on the street. Here’s how HandUp works: Members in need sign up via community partners. Donors contribute directly to member goals. Members redeem donations for basic needs. Handup sends donors member updates. HandUp is based in San Francisco. URL www.handup.org. About Rose Broome, Co-Founder &… Continue Reading

PeaceFirst

About Peace First Today, what began as a one-day festival is a now a national movement that Peace First is catalyzing to celebrate young people and their potential to create positive change around them. Our work is grounded in teaching young people the skills of peacemaking; empowering educators and parents to teach and model these… Continue Reading

Boys and Girls Clubs

The Elfenworks Foundation is pleased to have sponsored a table at lunches benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs in both San Francisco and Chico. In addition, our CEO was honored to serve as a judge for the 2010 Youth of the Year Awards. About Boys & Girls Clubs The mission of the clubs is to enable… Continue Reading

Nelly Baumb

If you’ve called our number, you’ve likely spoken with Nelly Baumb, our Office Manager who is also in charge of our Breathing Butterfly project. Ms. Baumb, a recent transplant to the Bay Area, dove into the job right away, organizing our space, finalizing the materials for the Board of Trustees meeting, and visioning new avenues where our… Continue Reading

A”Garage” For a Startup NGO

In May 2009 Elfenworks welcomed One Million Lights (OML) to share our office space with us, briefly. We felt this  experiment was is in direct alignment with our mission to foster positive, measurable, sustainable change. In this case, it was by seeing whether we might be the wind beneath the wings of one small nonprofit as… Continue Reading

Chinatown Research Paper

We are pleased to announced the release of a research paper on San Francisco’s Chinatown, entitled San Francisco’s Chinatown: Resilience in the Face of Poverty and Homelessness. An Analysis with Recommendations. This paper is the culmination of work that was begun in 2013 and then supplemented with in-person interviews. Click on the link, to access… Continue Reading

Quitting Smoking – Yes You Can

You Can Quit! And we hope this new little PSA will be the motivation you may need, to get started: What’s your vision for quitting? Can you see yourself, smoke free?  There are many possible good reasons: influencing others, feeling better, or sticking around for someone you love. Pictured to the right, Deb (the star of the PSA) who rode… Continue Reading

“For Our Time” – Healing Stream Performances

WHAT: Healing Stream performs “For Our Time” WHERE: Burlingame UMC – Howard and El Camino Real WHEN: In Rotation The band Healing Stream gave the song its premiere live performance in February of 2015.  And now, the song has been added to the band’s playlist in rotation. On various occasions in 2015, the band Healing Stream has performed  “For Our Time,” with guest… Continue Reading

Sponsoring Research: 2015 IPS Report

We partnered with the Institute for Policy Studies’ Economic Hardship Reporting Project, self-described as “Guided by award-winning journalists Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project is changing the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. Our stories – from narrative features to photo essays and video – put a human face on… Continue Reading

Vivian Kane, Trustee

Meet Ms. Vivian Kane,  Elfenworks Foundation trustee.  Ms. Kane is pictured at right, along with the other trustees and  Executive Director Kenneth Tam. Ms. Kane joined the Board in November of 2014.  A graduate of California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Acting and San Francisco State University, with a BA in Theater… Continue Reading

Campus Moviefest 2014

2014 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category The 2014 Awards Ceremony took place June 22nd at the Universal City Walk Globe Theatre. This year we added a special feature… a how-to forum on effective social justice filmmaking! A special thank you to everyone who took part in the seventh year of our partnership. We are amazed at the… Continue Reading

Saint Mary’s College of California

Saint Mary’s College of California, a Lasallian, liberal arts college with a strong commitment to service and social justice.  And now, with the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business, the school is poised as a leader in responsible business, as well.   [SMC website / press release] Exciting 2014 Launch Can businesses change the world for the better, improve the… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2014

Cooking Up Hope, October 2, 2014 Just press play above to see this year’s event! You can see previous year’s events at elfenworks.org/streaming. The annual In Harmony With Hope® awards is an annual event honoring domestic social entrepreneurs. The evening, always with a theme of hope, pays tribute to social innovators with a domestic focus… Continue Reading

Rejuve I

This page lists technical details for the Rejuve-I project. It is not intended as a standalone.  Main page is here. The Rejuve-I sessions were recorded using a combination of vintage tube analog microphones and state-of-the-art modern microphones. Two grand pianos were used, a 7′ concert grand which has a brighter sound, and a 9′ concert… Continue Reading

The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurship

We follow former President and social entrepreneur Jimmy Carter’s simple yet profound advice: follow your vision, use your special skills, address a chasm, work in partnership, share the credit, measure for feedback, and stay the course.  Our CEO has written a book expanding on that advice, entitled Intelligence & Compassion in Action; The Seven Pillars for… Continue Reading

Venture for America

Venture for America, New York, NY Venture for America.org [Press Release IHH 2013] [About IHH Award] About Venture for America At Venture for America (VFA), Andrew Yang is redirecting enterprising college graduates into early-stage businesses in underserved American cities. The program is revitalizing American cities and communities through entrepreneurship and allowing top graduates to earn hands-on… Continue Reading

FLY, Fresh Lifelines for Youth

FLY, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Milpitas, CA, flyprogram.org [Press Release IHH 2013] [About IHH Award] About Fresh Lifelines for Youth Young people who are in trouble with the law might be less likely to re-offend if they understand the law and the consequences of their crimes. Each year more than 1,000 at-risk kids take part in… Continue Reading

Cure Violence

Cureviolence, Chicago, IL, CureViolence.org [Press Release IHH 2013] [About IHH Award] About CureViolence Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin’s expertise in combatting infectious disease informs his approach to stemming the tide of violence in American cities. In 2000, he formed Chicago-based Cure Violence (then called CeaseFire), convinced that violence could be halted with an approach taken directly from… Continue Reading

Rejuve II

In partnership with the Springer Laboratory research program on tobacco and cardiovascular health, University of California, San Francisco “One of the best things we can do for cardiovascular health in our stressful lives is to relax, relax, relax. The music on Rejuve II is beautiful and soothing, the sort of album that you can put… Continue Reading

Campus Moviefest 2013

2013 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category Another GREAT year with Campus MovieFest! With 70% more entries than last year we are excited to see students causing their own ripples. Thank you, thank you! Winners were announced the weekend of June 22, 2013 in Los Angeles. See www.campusmoviefest.com/hollywood for more information about the big event! For… Continue Reading

Don Kane

Don Kane  CISSP® MCP, brings over two decades of technology and IT Security experience to our team, and will be acting as our Chief Information Security Officer on a volunteer basis. Mr. Kane is a Microsoft Certified Professional as well as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, the “globally recognized standard of achievement that confirms an individual’s knowledge in… Continue Reading

AmpleHarvest.org

AmpleHarvest.org, West Milford, New Jersey [Press Release IHH 2012] [About IHH Award] About Ampleharvest.org AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide campaign to enable America’s 40 million home gardeners to easily share some of their food harvest with local food pantries. It’s a technology solution that educates, empowers, and connects home gardeners and local food pantries, which are… Continue Reading

Family Independence Initiative

Family Independence Initiative, Oakland, CA, FII.org [Press Release IHH 2012] [About IHH Award] About Family Independence Initiative The Family Independence Initiative (FII) is a national center for innovating new strength-based approaches for economic and social mobility. FII operates under the assumption that most low-income families are capable of taking tangible steps towards establishing control and… Continue Reading

Genesys Works

Genesys Works, Houston, TX, Genesysworks.org  [Press Release IHH 2012] [About IHH Award] About Genesys Works Genesys Works changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged students by providing them a meaningful internship during their senior year in high school. After an initial eight-week intensive training on technical and soft-skills, students are assigned to work in a… Continue Reading

Creativity Flows as Students Promote Justice through Film and Music

For the fifth straight year, Elfenworks partnered with Campus MovieFest (CMF) and College Battle of the Bands to discover emerging artists who are “talking” about creating change through their work. The CMF Hollywood red-carpet awards ceremony was held at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre on June 23. Lauren Speeth, joined on stage by CMF founder David Roemer,… Continue Reading

Elfenworks CEO to speak at Saint Mary’s College

School of Economics & Business Administration Speaker Series with: Dr. Lauren Speeth, CEO Elfenworks “Leadership Ethics and Entrepreneurship” A Strategic Mindset for 21st Century De La Salle Hall Hagerty Lounge, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA [Google map] Thursday, May 24th, 2012, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. RSVP: https://wwws.stmarys-ca.edu/forms/alumni-and-friends/alumnievents/rsvp/index.html?event=815 More information can be found on… Continue Reading

Social Media and Your Organization

Why Social Media? In this article, we will introduce social media, and explain why entering the social media arena should be done planfully, as a strategic step and part of an overall communication strategy for your organization. Used wisely, social media is a powerful tool, capable of expanding your reach, fostering goodwill, and even –… Continue Reading

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