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Category: Social Innovation

Giving Back: Upstream coach teaches — and learns

Laura Crosby is using lessons learned through a field service project she completed with her own mentor at the Clinton School of Public Service to coach a student finalist in our Upstream competition.

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Giving Back: Upstream coach and finalist fly to new heights

When a classmate in Gary Brose’s Leadership Jacksonville class suggested he become a mentor and coach for a student who was participating in United Way of Northeast Florida’s Upstream initiative, it was a match made in aviation heaven.

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Winners selected at United Way’s second-annual Upstream Pitch Party

Three student teams each won $10,000 in grant money to jumpstart their ideas for social change at last Thursday’s second-annual Upstream Pitch Party.

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Giving Back: For this mentor, it’s all about connection

When Tom Caron’s wife got a job in New York City, he decided to sign up for the AmeriCorps program, volunteering to work with children in the New York City school system. Little did he know that this experience would soon lead him to Jacksonville and giving back through United Way of Northeast Florida..

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United Way announces Upstream finalists

United Way of Northeast Florida is excited to announce the top ten finalists for the 2016-2017 Upstream competition, a social innovation challenge for college students that provides seed grant funding of up to $10,000 for groundbreaking-ideas.

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United Way Upstream winners share update on mental-health-stigma project

Jessica Stephens and Dayna Cohen had a lot in common – both graduating from University of North Florida’s School of Nursing, both diligent, enthusiastic individuals. But it wasn’t until they found out about United Way of Northeast Florida’s Upstream initiative that their shared passion was realized.

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United Way Upstream winners address the stigma of mental health

United Way of Northeast Florida’s Upstream initiative challenges college students between ages of 18 and 24 to dream up an idea for social change in areas such as education, financial stability and health.Two college students decided to focus on eighth graders after their primary research pointed to this age range as the best time to begin peer-to-peer conversations focusing on combatting the stigma surrounding mental health.

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Giving Back: Upstream competition helps develop mentors — and leaders

Not many college students can read “The Influencer” and recognize the characteristics of a leader in themselves. But for Courtney Lynch, University of North Florida student and co-winner of United Way of Northeast Florida’s inaugural Upstream initiative, the book further confirms her major and future career path.

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UNF students win funding for social change at inaugural Upstream Pitch Party

A collaborative effort between United Way and the University of North Florida, Upstream is a social innovation challenge in which UNF student teams were paired with coaches from United Way’s Stein Fellowship.

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Upstream Pitch Party: UNF students to pitch ideas for social change

Teams of University of North Florida students will pitch ideas for social change at United Way of Northeast Florida’s Upstream Pitch Party.

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