About That Time Folks Doing Good Got A Big Award…
You know how it goes…there’s no good news.
If it bleeds, it leads.
Clearly, that’s not the case here at DarynKagan.com and now traditional news media outlets are getting on board, too.
They got together with the folks at Allstate and decided to make a big deal out of folks doing good at the grassroots level who are making America a better place.
The people who are tackling big things that really affect our lives.
Education, health care, revitalizing neighborhoods, economic opportunities.
That’s how The Renewal Awards were created.
They gave out the first ones this week in Iowa.
You have to see the incredible people and organizations these awards shine a light on.
This was no easy job.
They started with 230 nominees, whittled down to 25 finalists and ultimately the five winners.
Each winner organization gets $10,000 to help them with their great work.
These are some really creative social innovators.
Have you heard about the high school that decided maybe high school should be six years instead of four?
What if students who were failing at other schools could walk out with a college degree?
That’s what’s happening at P-Tech.
The other winners of the first ever Renewal Awards are:
B Lab (Wayne, Pa.) – Since 2007, B Lab has certified more than 1,500 companies around the world as B Corps, meaning they meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. These companies conduct business in ways that benefit society and shareholders by creating a positive impact on employees, communities and the environment.
Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) (Burlington, Vt.) – For more than 30 years, Champlain Housing Trust has provided low- to middle-income families with opportunities to achieve the American dream of homeownership. Nearly 1,000 families have participated in CHT’s shared-equity program, which provides down payment assistance and helps individuals secure mortgages and build wealth, while preserving home affordability.
Global Detroit – Detroit is making a comeback, in part due to organizations like Global Detroit that have focused on revitalizing the region’s economy. Most notably, Global Detroit developed “ProsperUS Detroit,” an entrepreneurship program that is supporting minority and immigrant business owners through microloans, business training and technical assistance.
The WorkPlace (Bridgeport, Conn.) – Through an intensive five-week program, Platform to Employment (P2E), a project of The WorkPlace, provides the long-term unemployed with job readiness training and assistance in finding employment. As part of its program, P2E offers to subsidize eight weeks of participants’ salaries to entice companies to give participants opportunities for permanent jobs. Nearly 90 percent of P2E participants have retained employment.
Allstate also added a sixth award for Youth Empowerment. That goes to GirlStart in Austin, Texas. They’re all about empowering girls in science, engineering, technology and math.