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Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

According to the UN, "roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty".

United Nations - "Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth, Transformation and Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production" is part of a UN short film series "The Story You are Shaping" produced by HUMAN, which premiered at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015.





Marshall Direct Fund's mission is to invest in education and women’s economic empowerment for a more peaceful world. It runs a modern day pen pal program called "Global Kids Connect" which facilitates meaningful dialogue between students and teachers in Pakistan and the United States weekly over the course of half an academic year. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a secure blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.

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Danielle Givens

GlobeMed's mission is to engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare (partner organization in Nepal). GlobeMed believes that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of their mission is to help students find their place in the movement. 

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Valerie Gao

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. 

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Saule Aliyeva

Technology Partnership works to bridge the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world by connecting schools and students in Kenya and the United States. By sharing technology resources, promoting digital literacy, and initiating social and cultural connections between Kenyan and American schools, we help all students and teachers become digitally-savvy global citizens who are connected to each other and the broader world. We are happy to talk with groups or students interested in learning how we work in Kenya and the role of technology in education there.

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Diedre Paterno Pai

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking's mission is to inform social change that eliminates human exploitation, in hopes of ending human trafficking. Students could help us develop an age-appropriate, locally relevant, anti-human trafficking training, and help us deliver it to fellow students.

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Kara Napolitano

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.

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Melinda Cain


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.

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     Anthony Hulula
Mediator: Hope Mukai

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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.

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Bill Morris

ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that strives to create a world where we deliver justice and support to more human trafficking victims and survivors – faster. ALIGHT's mission is to enable anti-trafficking advocates and legal providers to connect across borders and build solutions together. In turn, they believe that increasing the anti-trafficking community’s access to under-utilized resources, in particular legal expertise, is key to providing human trafficking survivors with meaningful justice.

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Jenny Caquelin

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.

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Sanjay Rajan

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. 

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Garrett Mason

CareerWise created a statewide youth apprenticeship model that coordinates the existing systems of industry and education that creates real, tangible benefits for both the employer and the apprentice. The net result is a workforce with the skills Colorado’s industry needs, and students whom have illuminated pathways to higher education and careers. CareerWise is happy to be a resource for students and present information about our apprenticeship program when needed.

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MK Sagaria-Barritt

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. 

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Andrea Wang