Changemaker 2016 Group

Taylor’s Changemaker Institute (CI) cultivates changemakers within the Tulane community by building student capacities to identify and create lifelong pathways to tackle pressing social issues.

Changemakers (n) – People who use their skills, expertise, gifts, and power in a way that creates positive social change and affirms the humanity of all people.

Changemaker Institute is redesigned with two paths for a more meaningful experience. Click the tabs below to learn more about Changemaker Institute and Changemaker Institute Plus – Social Venture Accelerator.

Apply Now (Rolling application due October 20th @ 11:59 PM)

The Changemaker Institute (CI) empowers students with the skills, networks, and toolkits to become and remain active change agents throughout their lives, increasing their efficacy and impact as informed, connected changemakers.

Through workshops and real-world experience, CI students embark on a journey of identifying and focusing their own curiosities and interests, gaining a deeper understanding of social issues they wish to tackle in the world and joining communities of other changemakers in their field. Participants in CI will:

  • Clarify and identify social issues they want to tackle
  • Map local, national and international organizations addressing those issues
  • “Apprentice with a problem” by engaging in immersive community learning experiences to better understand an issue area with an organization of your  choice
  • Prototype different changemaking pathways
  • Use storytelling models to develop a narrative of the student’s individual journey as a changemaker
  • Build a changemaking pathway that is uniquely suited to their personality and interests
  • Understand their own strengths, interests, and role as a change agent in their field of choice

During CI, students will become more aware of partners, activists, social entrepreneurs, champions, and allies tackling those same challenges on a local, national, and international level.

Participants will meet three times in the Fall to clarify their interests, secure an internship in the spring to learn more about a problem they wish to tackle in the future, and meet weekly in the spring semester. Students may satisfy their 2nd tier service learning through CI.

Interested in applying? Contact Julia Lang @ Applications due 10/31 @ 11:59 PM

The Changemaker Institute Plus (CI+) accelerator program incubates social ventures in the Tulane community by fostering learning and growth, community partnerships, mentorship, & the development of social entrepreneurial skills among upper-level students in the early idea phase of social venture development.

CI+ provides a small cohort of students with toolsets and networks to propel their social venture idea to the next level, including applying for local and national accelerator programs throughout the nation.

CI+ focuses not only on launching successful ventures, but also on equipping students with tools to more deeply understand the details of the challenges they are addressing. Throughout CI+, students develop ideas and build long term plans for their ventures by interacting with local innovators, mentors, peers, alumni, and community leaders working at the nexus of social change and innovation in the wider community. We support sustainable ideas with strong social missions and offer students:

  • Growth in social entrepreneurial skills
  • Business model development
  • Pilot testing/testing assumptions using Lean LaunchPad methodology
  • Mentorship from the Tulane and New Orleans social entrepreneurial communities
  • Navigating the New Orleans social business landscape
  • Support from an active international Changemaker Institute alumni network
  • Preparation for applying to funding opportunities at Tulane and beyond

Participants in CI+ will meet on three different Saturdays in the spring from 9 AM-1 PM (1/20, 2/10, 3/10), and will meet together once during the week of 3/19 (timing TBD depending on schedules) 

Get Funded

The Changemaker Institute programming offers access to funding for impact-related activities through Tulane-based grants as well as other advanced opportunities in social impact beyond campus.

All participants of CI and CI+ are eligible and coached to apply for the following funding opportunities:

Changemaker Alumni

CI alumni have been accepted to local and national incubators including Idea Village, Propeller, and Echoing Green.

Examples of Past Ventures

Trash to Treasure seeks to create a revolving sustainable fund for outreach project in New Orleans. T2T deliver this by collecting and selling dorm room necessities thrown away by Tulane students during move out. Their profits fund subsequent sales as well as further sustainable ventures.

SHRI (formerly Humanure Power) works to eradicate outdoor defecation as a normal practice for hundreds of millions of villagers in rural India by building community toilet blocks. These toilets leverage proven and existing technology that convert human waste in to energy that can be sold, generating a revenue stream that helps further their mission of building more toilets. See SHRI in action below:

Network Voluntours (formerly Crescent City Connections or “CCC”) promotes and facilitates customized volunteer and cultural activities for visitors and residents in New Orleans to better connect people with community organizations in the city. See Network Voluntours in action below:

Failup (formerly ComeFail) seeks to build an online network that connects Tulane students, administrators, and faculty who want to get their socially-conscious ideas off the ground with others who are excited and able to help.

Fund 17 is a Louisiana registered non-profit that works to empower micro-entrepreneurs in the New Orleans community.  Fund 17 does this by providing financial education and micro-loans.

Top Box Foods Makes high-quality nutritious food (lean meats, fish and fresh produce) available at extremely affordable prices. The non-profit uses volunteers to deliver food, focusing on areas identified as food deserts.

Girls’ Digital Storytelling Project creates youth-led, small-scale, intensive digital storytelling (DST) program designed to train a group of New Orleans teens to become storytelling facilitators. Approximately a dozen middle/high school students participate in a 6-week summer camp program to explore the methods, philosophy, and art of DST, and work towards projects that will continue community traditions, history, and solutions to problems.

ImpACT offers free ACT test preparation to underserved students in New Orleans

Textbooks Change aims to reduce student debt associated with purchasing college textbooks by creating a Tulane-exclusive website that encourages safe and fairly-priced textbook transactions between students.

Micro PAD Solutions aims to create and mass-produce an affordable virus diagnostic tool that can perform rapid tests for common viruses in resource-limited settings. This would empower the local community by increasing awareness of medical issues, providing early and legitimate diagnoses, and reducing the dependency on limited medical personnel by ensuring that the virus detection tool can be read by people without a medical background.

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