Social Innovation Lab Announces New Class of Changemakers
Since 2011, 52 nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits have participated in the Social Innovation Lab, securing a total of $13 million in funding and positively impacting more than 268,000 lives.
On Oct. 26, SIL director Darius Graham welcomed the 2016 cohort. This group of 10 teams aims to build upon the success of previous cohorts by continuing to create change and build opportunities in Baltimore and beyond.
“These ventures were selected through a highly-competitive process from a pool of 53 applicants,” Graham says. “In addition to being promising solutions to pressing social issues in the areas of health, education and community development, these ventures and their leaders represent the strength and diversity of Baltimore’s social innovation and entrepreneurship community.”
Meet the 2016 cohort:
Touching Young Lives – Provides education and tools to help lower the occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome across Maryland. Operated by Shantell Roberts, community member.
ReLac – Developing a vending machine technology and related services to provide breast pumping supplies to working moms. Operated by Meg Stoltzfus, Johns Hopkins University staff.
Beacon – A mobile application for anonymous, text-based group therapy that utilizes advanced natural language processing techniques to increase treatment accessibility for patients and the efficiency of mental health care providers. Operated by three Whiting School of Engineering students: undergraduate Shrenik Jain and alums Ravi Shah and Satya Bommaraju.
Bent Carrot – Strengthens urban communities by reducing food insecurity and promoting healthful eating. Operated by Mark Corser, community member.
The Whole Teacher – Provides health and wellness services to teachers in order to help reduce burn-out and increase retention. Operated by Jenna Shaw, a Johns Hopkins University alum from the School of Education.
Squadz – Squadz is a social activity and venue booking platform that connects the community to play pickup sports, while generating revenue for community centers and recreation facilities. Operated by Nikhil Panu, a Johns Hopkins University graduate student in the Whiting School of Engineering.
B-360/BCCC STEM Scholars – Exposes residents to STEM and increases diversity in these fields by meeting students at their level and providing job readiness and a pipeline starting at the GED or community college levels. Operated by Brittany Young, community member.
Project Charmify – Brings small-scale investment to Baltimore communities in the form of vacant lot revitalization and community-driven programming. Operated by three Johns Hopkins University undergrads: Elyse Oliver (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences), Darius Irani (Whiting School of Engineering) and Jack Alpert (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences).
The Listening Lab – The Listening Lab is a music listening education program that teaches fourth- and fifth-grade students awareness, concentration and intentional listening skills through a series of classroom sessions and live orchestra concerts. Operated by Rebecca Smithorn and AnnMarie Stockmeyer, community members.
Intelehealth – Improving access to comprehensive primary health care for the last mile through telemedicine. Operated by Johns Hopkins students Neha Goel (graduate student in the School of Medicine), Amal Afroz Alam (graduate student in the Whiting School of Engineering) and Emily Eggert (alum from the Whiting School of Engineering).
Take a look by the numbers: