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News Highlights

Abuja, igeria 2015 (Boko Haram Refugees)

HONORS

President Obama "Lifetime Achievement Award" Honoree, 2017

 

Globe Faculty Fellow,

Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

 

TED Talk Speaker, 2015

 

CNN Hero Award Nominee, 2014 and 2013

 

International Roots Festival (Delegate)

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS (Speaker)

The Republic of The Gambia, 2014

 

InfluenceHer "Community Award", 2014

 

Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta's Dirty Little Secret (Artistic Director), 2014

 

Human Trafficking Education Day (Speaker)

Our Lady of Missionary Sisters, 2014

 

Complexd Magazine's (UK)

"10 Most Inspiring Women", 2013

 

Real Player Video Visionary

Humanitarian Award, 2013

 

U. S. State Department "Youth Leadership" Grant - Namibia and Botswana, 2012

 

Global Health and Humanitarian Summit (Speaker), 2012

 

U. S. State Department "American Speakers" Grant - Namibia and Botswana, 2011

 

CARE National Conference (Speaker), 2011

 

USAID Africa Regional Conference

Tanzania (Speaker), 2010

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AMAZING GRACE

AUGUST 2015 - This month we executed the 2nd phase of our sustainability project in Abuja, Nigeria. This visit included emergency relief education for Boko Haram conflict refugees along with training for educators and college student leaders. We were also honored to meet the founders of the "Bring Back Our Girls" Campaign. The first phase of our project (June 2015) in Lagos with The Makoko Project, provided social entrepreneurship training for participants (ages 14-21). All of this work is being captured by award-winning filmmakers the Horne Brothers in our forthcoming documentary "Amazing Grace: Freedom's Song".

RUNNING INTO THE DARK

SEPTEMBER 2015 -- Last spring, TEDX RVA asked founder Yewande Austin to present a TED Talk about sex trafficking. Well, the wait is over! TED recently released her talk, "Running Into the Dark" to the public. Yewande's talk not only shed light on our foundation's creative approach to activism, but called upon the audience to confront other social issues that dwell in the dark. Now you can watch her entire talk and compelling spoken word piece, "Daddy's Girl" on Youtube.

DECEMBER 2016 - This fall, Founder Yewande Austin was appointed as a 2016-2017 Globe Faculty Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, she created and taught a 3-credit class called "The Art of Change" (September 12, 2016 - December 12, 2017). This course taught students how to develop high social impact business models that solved specified socio-economic issues in the Republic of Botswana, Africa. VCU students created these solutions online in partnership with students at the University of Botswana and Class Volunteers Foundation. Yewande will then take students to Botswana on a study abroad trip (December 27, 2016 - January 11, 2017 to learn how to put their skills into action.

THE ART OF CHANGE