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Lava Mae

Doniece Sandoval Founder & CEO, LavaMae, San Francisco, CA Every Tuesday, the cerulean bus stops alongside the Main San Francisco public library. It stands there as a symbol of hope and possibility. And so much more. Run by Lava Mae, the bus is a mobile hygiene facility that is brought to the centers of San Francisco’s… Continue Reading


Laura Weidman Powers Co-Founder and CEO, CODE2040, San Francisco, CA The data are disturbing. According to CODE2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is creating pathways to success for people of color in the tech industry, there will be one million jobs in tech that are unfilled by the year 2020. And while Blacks and Latino/as earn… Continue Reading


Suzanne McKechnie Klahr Founder & CEO, BUILD, Redwood City, CA Technology and entrepreneurship are synonymous with Silicon Valley. Yet, for a substantial percentage of youth in the Bay Area’s under-served communities, they are buzz words with little significance or relevance to their day-to-day existence. Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, founder of BUILD, is working to change that. In… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2016

Thanks for Joining Us September 29, 2016 Our 10th Annual In Harmony with Hope Awards Ceremony was September 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. If you missed it, you can still join us by watching the video, above, as we celebrated the accomplishments of three Bay Area social entrepreneurs who are creating local… Continue Reading


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


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 About Rose Broome, Co-Founder &… Continue Reading


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

In Harmony with Hope 2015

Change the Story, October 1, 2015 Press Release 2015 (PDF)  | About IHH Award  | 2015 Event Program (PDF) On October 1, 2015, we paid tribute to three remarkable social entrepreneurs.  This year’s recipients are promoting conflict resolution and collaborative change among youth, providing mentor-driven financial literacy training to low-income youth, and re-integrating homeless individuals into society. This year’s theme:… Continue Reading

Harmony Project

Harmony Project, Los Angeles, CA, [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About the Harmony Project In 2001, Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH established Harmony Project, which offers free music education and ensemble playing for youth in under-resourced communities. Highly qualified teaching artists teach thousands of children at more than a dozen sites in… Continue Reading


buildOn, Stamford, CT, [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About buildOn buildOn works to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Domestically, an extensive network of youth service programs in under-resourced schools promotes community and civic engagement. Farther afield, these same students (and others) are building… Continue Reading

Generation Citizen

Generation Citizen,, New York, NY [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About Generation Citizen The organization Generation Citizen works to stop the cycle of underrepresentation in the democratic process of low-income, less educated, and minority citizens by teaching civic engagement. Thousands of students at under-resourced schools in cities like Providence, Boston, New… Continue Reading

Venture for America

Venture for America, New York, NY Venture for [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, [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, [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, West Milford, New Jersey [Press Release IHH 2012] [About IHH Award] About 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, [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,  [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

College Possible (formerly Admission Possible)

College Possible, St. Paul, Minn., [Press Release IHH 2011] [About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About College Possible College Possible’s goal is to make postsecondary education a reality for the 200,000 at-risk kids each year who graduate high school prepared for college but who, thanks to cultural and functional barriers, aren’t able to get there. College… Continue Reading

Generations of Hope Development Corporation

Generations of Hope, Champaign, IL, [Press Release IHH 2011] [About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] [ Highlights from our winners and their speeches ] About Generations of Hope Development Corporation Generations of Hope’s model is of an intentional intergenerational village filled with parents raising and adopting foster children and senior citizens volunteering to help support… Continue Reading

Communities In Schools

Communities in Schools, Arlington VA, [Press Release IHH 2011] [About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Communities in Schools Communities In Schools, the country’s largest dropout prevention network, was founded on the principle that programs don’t change kids but relationships do. For more than 30 years, CIS has developed effective community partnerships between schools, families,… Continue Reading

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center – [Press Release 2007] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About The Carter Center The Carter Center, co-founded by former U.S. President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter and former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, is one of the premiere nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing hope, healing, and peace worldwide. The Carter Center… Continue Reading

Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH)

 Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH)  Boston, MA, [Press Release 2010] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Health Leads By enabling doctors to write prescriptions to fill their patients’ basic resource needs, Health Leads envisions a health care system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. College students… Continue Reading

Growing Power

Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI  [Press Release 2010] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Growing Power From a 2.5-acre farm, located in the heart of Milwaukee, Growing Power is bringing healthy, low-cost, sustainable food to the “food deserts” of our nation’s urban centers, while educating a nation of the benefits of urban farming, and mitigating… Continue Reading

Common Ground & Community Solutions

Community Solutions, New York NY  [Press Release 2010] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Community Solutions Community Solutions is spreading the work begun by founder Rosanne Haggerty at Common Ground—a pioneering nonprofit aimed at ending homelessness In New York—to cities across the nation and worldwide. Community Solutions’ 100,000 homes campaign exceeded their nationwide goal:… Continue Reading

Peter Young Housing, Industries & Treatment

Peter Young Housing, Industries & Treatment, Albany NY, [Press Release 2009] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About PYHIT Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment (PYHIT) evolved out of Fr. Peter Young’s firm belief that effective recovery is only possible if treatment is followed up with housing and jobs training. Fr. Young calls this his… Continue Reading

Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine, Burlington VT, [Press Release 2008] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Volunteers in Medicine The motto of VIM is “A National Solution to America’s Uninsured, One Community at a Time.” Many of the retired physicians, nurses, and dentists in the United States welcome the opportunity to enrich their retirement years by… Continue Reading

The All Stars Project

All Stars Project, SF Bay Area, CA, [Press Release 2007] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About The All Stars Project The All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area is part of All Stars Project, Inc. a national nonprofit promoting human development through an innovative performance-based model, with outside-of-school, educational and performing arts… Continue Reading

Partners In Health

Partners in Health, Boston MA, [Press Release 2007] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Partners in Health Founded in 1987, Partners in Health is a nonprofit organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH has a presence in at least a dozen countries, including the US. All projects share… Continue Reading

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles CA [Press Release 2009] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Homeboy Industries Homeboy Industries uses a “jobs not jails” intelligent, compassionate approach to assist at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training, and education. Homeboy provides addiction and recovery programs; a… Continue Reading

DC Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen, Washington DC, [Press Release 2009] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About DC Central Kitchen DC Central Kitchen founder Robert Egger uses food as a vehicle for change: clients become employed cooks through the Kitchen’s Culinary Jobs Training Program; college students learn about service and business in the Campus Kitchen Project; and… Continue Reading

Children of the Night

Children of the Night, Van Nuys CA, [Press Release 2008] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Children of the Night Children of the Night is dedicated to assisting thousands of children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced into prostitution. COTN started in 1979 as a walk-in crisis center and 24-hour… Continue Reading

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope, Bridgeton, MO, [Press Release 2007] About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] About Boys Hope Girls Hope Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children in need meet their full potential by providing family-like support in a home-like environment, and opportunities and education through college. Nurtured in a safe home and provided… Continue Reading

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