Judge Free Moms

Judge Free Moms Colleen Carter 2017 Presenter Community Change category Presented in partnership with:    Colleen Carter pitched her idea for a platform for mothers from all walks of life to share experiences, learn from others and grow to become even better, without the fear of being judged for the decisions they make. Colleen’s blog has…

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Sanctuary: Animals and Addicts

Sanctuary: Animals and Addicts Amelia Sawyer 2016 Presenter Community Change category Amelia Sawyer pitched her idea for a place where heroin addicts find solace and purpose, beating addiction while rehabilitating animals that have been abused or abandoned at Accelerate 2016. Her vision: to bring together forgotten animals and forlorn people to find sanctuary together. After Accelerate,…

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MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter

MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter Jessica Leary Allen 2016 Finalist Community Change category Jessica Leary Allen had a vision for an online clearinghouse that matches mothers opting back into the professional workforce with transformational projects, filling gaps for nonprofits and developing a new pool of talent for our region. Jessica pitched her idea…

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LGBT Youth Culinary Creation

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…

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ReForest City: Trees for Community Health and Engagement

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…

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