Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
According to the UN, "cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure".
HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS AND WAC TEAMS ARE DESIGNED TO WORK?
GlobalMindED is an educational and research non-profit organization committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and job seekers.. By incorporating research and implementing action based on our results, GlobalMindED's mission is to improve access and equity in K-12 and higher education through improved graduation rates and sustainable careers.
In our interconnected world, we interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis. Assumptions are made, interpreting comments, reactions and behaviors. The result is often miscommunication because of a culture difference. These miscommunications can be extremely costly to organizations and relationships. Real World Solutions provides practical training and coaching in intercultural awareness and competence for professionals and organizations in business, health care, education, and community services.
NGAO Society is a non-profit making organization formed with individuals and likeminded community organizations to facilitate the community in realizing its own potential to initiate sustainable change using the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Model. NGAO wishes to establish connections between students in the US and communities in Africa (Kenya) to help students collaborate on finding the assets within the community to improve quality of life.
Solid Ground for Africa is working to partner with existing orphanages in Africa to help them develop independent and sustainable systems to provide better and more reliable sources of food, shelter, medical aid, education and financial stability.
Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise with locations in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO. Founded in 2009, their core mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disabilities. In order to benefit students, Blue Star Recyclers can provide onsite tours (Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder facilities), classroom presentations, and mentoring via email.
NOVATON AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 2010. Novaton offers niche commercial applications and services in clean, renewable energy and technology, in hope of providing clean and renewable energy solutions on water and on land.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America's Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.
CorpsAfrica is a non-profit organization that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, high-poverty communities in their own countries. These men and women live in the community for a year and initiate sustainable projects that fulfill key needs and whose impact and success can be carefully measured, all through a transformative volunteer experience. CorpsAfrica seeks to connect WAC students to current and alumni volunteers who have worked on development issues at a grassroots level in communities in Morocco, Senegal, and Malawi.
Engineers Without Borders USA harnesses the skills of engineers to tackle the challenges that keep the world's poorest people from living healthy, productive lives. Engineers Without Borders USA achieves this goal by utilizing highly skilled volunteers to work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their basic infrastructure and human needs. Engineers Without Borders USA seeks to help students in WAC by mentoring, giving presentations about Engineers Without Borders USA projects, and guiding development-themed student projects.
The Empowered Kitchen seeks to empower individuals to meal prep in hope of saving time on cooking, eating healthy, and producing homemade meals with whole ingredients and zero food waste. The Empowered Kitchen thus hopes to reduce the impacts of climate change by preventing food waste, composting kitchen scraps and minimizing excessive packaging. The Empowered Kitchen would love to become a resource for WAC students regarding food waste reduction and sustainable food systems; as well as, speak with students about becoming smarter consumers concerning the environmental impacts on our food system.
Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization. Their mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. SEI-Solar In the Schools (SIS) can be a source for WAC Students for hands-on expertise in designing and installing PV, wind and micro-hydro systems. WAC Students can take SEI's free Intro. to Renewable Energy course online, or on their campus, to learn more about the benefits of Renewable Energy.