LGBT Youth Culinary Creation Bob Sferra 2015 Finalist Community Change category Bob Sferra wanted to expand his future LGBT Youth Program Culinary classes, which allow an otherwise disenfranchised LGBT youth population to learn skills, build self-esteem, and possibly gain a mentor. Bob pitched this idea at Accelerate 2015. After earning prize money as a runner-up…Read More
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Therapals: Pay it Forward Approach to Learning Mollie Verdier 2015 Finalist Educating for Tomorrow category TheraPals is an online therapeutic approach, created by Mollie Verdier, to using video modeling for children with special needs and it provides a social platform to promote friendship, practice social skills and encourage Peer to Peer learning and teaching with…Read More
ReForest City: Trees for Community Health and Engagement Laura Marks 2015 Presenter Community Change category Laura Marks wanted to engage residents to plant trees on private property in Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs. She pitched her ReForest City idea, bringing neighbors together to plant trees in low-income neighborhoods, at Accelerate 2015. Since February 2015, she…Read More
Clean Hands Means Quality of Life Shanina Knighton 2015 Finalist Quality of Life category One out of every 25 patients obtains a healthcare-associated infection. Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infection. Shanina Knighton saw opportunity in those facts and pitched her idea for the first bedside patient-controlled hand sanitation dispenser at…Read More
Flight Club Justo Karell & Evan Harris 2015 Presenters Educating for Tomorrow category Justo Karell & Evan Harris pitched their idea for the Flight Club, a program to teach underprivileged youths in Cleveland the basic concepts of flight, mechanics, and engineering at Accelerate 2015. Their concept used simple, yet fun and engaging lessons followed by assisted, hands…Read More