Category: IHH Honoree

Allen, Will

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - growingpower.org

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 racism by empowering the minority communities they serve. Growing Power also runs numerous
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Alvarez, Rafael

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - genesysworks.org

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 year-long internship at one of over a hundred participating corporations. As a
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Boyle, Gregory, SJ

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - Homeboyindustries.org

The gritty streets of Los Angeles’s projects make up his home, and his flock—recovering gang members—are more like wolves than sheep, but that doesn’t stop Father Gregory Boyle from carefully tending his pastoral duty. In return, Father Greg derives great joy, along with some heartache, and both help shape his life and fill it with
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Broome, Rose

Honoree Social Entrepreneur - HandUp.org

She’d sidestepped hundreds of men and women living on the streets of San Francisco before, but something about the woman shivering in the cold California night gave Rose Broome pause. A thought flickered in her consciousness. What if helping this woman, and the thousands like her, wasn’t just beyond her grasp, but firmly planted in
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Carter, Rosalynn

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - cartercenter.org

Rosalynn Carter, wife of the thirty-ninth U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, has forged a career in public service as one of the nation’s foremost advocates for mental health. Her lifelong dedication to improving life for women, children, the elderly, people with mental illness, and impoverished people worldwide earned her recognition in 2006 with one of our
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Dattner, Joyce

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - allstarsproject.org

Joyce Dattner, born and raised in the Bronx, left a teaching career in the New York City public school system in the early 1970’s in order to pursue alternative, creative and effective ways of mitigating the devastating effects of chronic poverty on inner city youth. She has spent the last 20+ years in the San
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Dawson, Eric

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - peacefirst.org

John Lennon was not alone. Eric Dawson is another dreamer—one who has made it his life’s mission to, in his words, “unleash peace.” A childhood experience with violence as well as his parents’ work with high-risk youth in his home of Columbus, Ohio, both informed his life’s direction. In high school, he created what would
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Egger, Robert

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - lakitchen.org & dccentralkitchen.org

Change is what drives Robert Egger. For nearly 30 years, he’s spearheaded efforts to find smarter ways to help the homeless and smarter ways to run nonprofits. It isn’t exactly in line with his other dream—of changing the nightclub industry, but sometimes life takes you on unexpected journeys. Egger took that first step down the
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Eheart, Brenda

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - Generationsofhope.org

Everything old is new again—or so the song says. Hope Meadows, the brainchild of Brenda Krause Eheart, PhD, is a new kind of community that has its roots in a lost way of life. Located in Rantoul, Illinois, it is an intentional multi-generational community in which residents come together to help raise the children and
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Farmer, Paul

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - pih.org

For nearly 30 years, physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer has been proving that quality health care can be delivered successfully to millions of the world’s poor. It began, in 1983, with a visit to Haiti. Today, Partners In Health (PIH), still most famous for its ongoing work in Haiti, has a presence in eight
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Gannon, Christa

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – flyprogram.org

As a law student, Christa Gannon’s promising path to being a trial lawyer took an unexpected detour after she volunteered at a maximum-security juvenile facility. The kids, locked up and troubled, spoke to her and, time and again, they repeated the same story: their lives would have followed different trajectories if only they’d had more
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Gonder, Ted

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - moneythink.org

On the eve of the 2009 financial collapse, Ted Gonder and fellow students in the Blue Chip Investment Club at the University of Chicago were ruefully examining the existing data about our nation’s financial literacy: one third of adults don’t pay their bills on time; roughly half have no personal safety net. The numbers also
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Haggerty, Rosanne

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – cmtysolutions.org

Life plans can change suddenly. Understanding the full truth of that is something Rosanne Haggerty shares with the chronically homeless people she has helped for the past 20 years. Haggerty’s senior year at Tufts University was full of plans for law school—but a thesis paper she was writing on Thomas Merton forced some self-examination. The
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Lee, Lois

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - childrenofthenight.org

More than 30 years have passed since Lois Lee worked on her doctoral dissertation, but what she learned in those early years has informed her life. A Ph.D student in sociology, Lee conducted the first US study of the social world of street prostitution. The chapter “The Pimp and His Game” is still relied upon
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Lim Miller, Mauricio

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – fii.org

Before starting FII, Mauricio Lim Miller had been the well-regarded director of a large community development agency in San Francisco called Asian Neighborhood Design. Following the traditional needs-based approach, it met with its share of success, but Miller was discouraged when he began to see the sons and daughters of his earlier clients coming to
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Martin, Margaret

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – harmony-project.org

A Saturday stroll in May through some of Los Angeles’ less chic neighborhoods might surprise the unwitting pedestrian. Walking through Exposition Park, or past Quincy Jones or Alexandria elementary schools or Los Angeles City College, entrancing sounds emanate. In each location, the beautiful harmony of an orchestral ensemble beckons the casual passerby. That such beautiful
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McConnell, Jack, MD

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - volunteersinmedicine.org

Jack McConnell’s long career was over—or so he thought. The respected physician and scientist who had been part of the remarkable research teams that invented the TB Tine test, Tylenol and the MRI ha retired with wife Mary Ellen to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. One gray morning in 1992, he left his gated community
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McCorkell, Jim

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – collegepossible.org

Jim McCorkell launched his first enterprise at age ten, setting up a lawn-mowing business in his small town in Minnesota. Business took off and he promptly sub-contracted out much of the manual labor. McCorkell has applied that same entrepreneurial spirit to a remarkable nonprofit venture called College Possible. More than a decade ago McCorkell established
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Milliken, Bill

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – communitiesinschools.org

Failure—that’s what 17-year-old Bill Milliken understood best. He didn’t know how to succeed in a school system that continually reinforced the notion that he was dumb. So, he found himself spending his days on the streets of Pittsburgh, perfecting his skill of “hanging out” and fulfilling the low expectations everyone had of him. When you’re
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Minorini, Paul

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – boyshopegirlshope.org

Paul Minorini has been involved in Boys Hope Girls Hope for nearly half of his life. While an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Minorini served as a Boys Hope Girls Hope house parent, living in the homes three or four days a week and attending classes during the day when the scholars were at school. As
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Onie, Rebecca

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – healthleadsusa.org

Rebecca Onie credits a magazine article with changing her life. It was in a pile of articles that her father had handed her to read when Onie, an only child, returned to her Chicago home after her first year at Harvard. Normally, she skillfully avoided the pile, but something compelled Onie to take a closer
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Oppenheimer, Gary

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – ampleharvest.org

“’Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free.” So begins the classic Shaker tune that comes to mind when one considers the simplistic beauty of AmpleHarvest.org, a national effort to easily connect America’s 42 million home gardeners who grow more food than they can eat or give away to friends, with
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Sandoval, Doniece

Social Entrepreneur Honoree - lavamae.org

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 burgeoning homeless population. Six days a week, Lava
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Slutkin, Gary, MD

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – cureviolence.org

Gary Slutkin, MD is an epidemiologist who spent his early career working to eradicate AIDS, cholera, and TB in Africa through the World Health Organization (WHO). After a decade of grueling work, he decided he needed a break, and returned to his hometown of Chicago and a position at the University of Illinois at Chicago
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Warren, Scott

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – Generation Citizen

Scott Warren’s belief in participatory democracy (informed by his childhood as a “foreign service brat”) is so strong that he was still an undergrad when he and a friend conceived the idea for Generation Citizen in 2008. Warren was just 15 when he witnessed the first truly democratic elections in Kenya’s history. That experience, coupled
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Yang, Andrew

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – ventureforamerica.org

Andrew Yang was once one the many graduates funneled on a narrow but well-trod path to success through the financial and legal service sector, even as large sections of the country were experiencing a stagnating brain drain. A graduate of a top university and law school, Yang went on to a predictable career in New
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Young, Fr. Peter

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – PYHIT.com

Peter Young has spent more than a half-century working with the disenfranchised of his Albany parish, which is located in what was called the “combat zone.” He spent the first 18 years of his ministry giving his all—quite literally. By 1976, he was near bankruptcy. He had racked up a personal debt of more than
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Ziolkowski, Jim

Social Entrepreneur Honoree – buildon.org

“You have to confront your fears and you have to ask yourself: What am I willing to do to make a real difference in my community, my church, my country? I ask myself that every day.” Those are the words of Jim Ziolkowski, who in 1991 founded buildOn with a mission to “break the cycle
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