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Senior Fellow “godparents” give back to younger generation

The strength of the Melton Foundation network lies not just in the ideas and perspectives emerging from diverse cultures and disciplines, but also in the ability to motivate and assist each other. To further boost this support structure, the MF has a mentoring program called the MF Godparents. Through this program, every Junior Fellow joining the foundation is teamed up with a Senior Fellow “Godparent” to make the best out of their fellowship. Senior Fellow and Godparent Pooja Veerappa shares her experience:

“I’m a God-mommy!” I joined the foundation in 2011, when the MF Godparenting skipped a generation, so I missed having a Godparent. Fortunately for me, BMS still practiced junior fellow mentoring, giving me two wonderful mentors. When you are new in a foundation like the MF, you’re joining the continuation of an ongoing mission and […]

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The freedom to dream: Gender equality dialogues

I have always believed that I have a strong sense of justice, and that makes me strive to identify the various forms inequality takes around me. But I see gender inequality the most. I see it everywhere...

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Tackling food waste through social entrepreneurship in the UK

Dillard University Junior Fellows Olu Joaquim and Aaliyah Cummings and Ashesi Fellow Beryl Nana Akuffo-Kwapong were selected for a two-week Changemaker Exchange Program at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom.  The program focuses on Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development, and their participation was sponsored through the Melton Foundation’s Action Grant. Here is the report:

The Changemaker Exchange Program enabled Melton Fellows to gain more knowledge about social entrepreneurship through conceptual learning. They volunteered at Elsie’s Cafe, a social enterprise in Northampton that operates a food project with a major goal of food waste reduction, while operating a “Pay As You Feel” business model. The University of Northampton is the first […]

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Melton Fellow co-creates permaculture solutions in Amazon

Chilean Melton Fellow Diego Nicolas was selected to participate at IDDS Amazon, a two-week permaculture-themed summit that brought together 40 participants from all over the world and with different backgrounds to co-create innovative solutions with local community members of fishing and farming communities along the river banks of the Amazon River in northern Brazil. Here's his report:

Today, we burnt a bonfire in the warm, 27-degree night. There was heavy rain, all was flooded, but we kept dancing to traditional Brazilian music and making rounds with Capoeira. The group is amazing, from all over the world, and because the theme was permaculture and the idea is to co-create, here I could understand […]

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Melton Foundation at Nexus Global Youth Summit

A delegation of fellows joined changemakers from around the world and explored collaborations in impact philanthropy.

The Melton Foundation was invited to participate in the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the U.N Headquarters in New York, from 20th-22nd July. Junior Fellows Ashitha Nayak and Beryl Nana Ama Akuffo-Kwapong and Senior Fellows Victor Valenzuela and Gaurav Visvanathan  joined the Executive Director Winthrop Carty in representing the MF at the summit. Nexus is a global movement […]

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How to be a hummingbird: A lesson on Global Citizenship

There are so many things in the world we would like to change: but where to start? Here’s how anyone can learn to make a difference ...

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Melton Fellows empowered at 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University

“The courage to create is very important.” The words of Bill Clinton at the opening plenary of the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University made me yearn to put my ideas into action. Read Dillard University Melton Fellow Oluseun Joaquin’s report.

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Melton Foundation participates at Ashesi International Week

The Melton Foundation is continuing to strengthen its ties to its newest partner campus, Ashesi University in Ghana. A recent visit by MF staff to the campus provided an opportunity to highlight fellows’ activities and explore new synergies.

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Ashoka U Exchange 2016: Inspiring encounters in Social Entrepreneurship

Dillard University Melton Fellow Oluseun Joaquin reports about her experience attending the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange in New Orleans

Dillard University Fellow Oluseun Joaquin reports about her experience attending the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange in New Orleans

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Melton Fellow meets former President of Nigeria

As a proud citizen of Nigeria, I had always wished for an opportunity to speak with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. My curiosity as a global citizen coupled with my interest in understanding the day-to-day runnings of the presidency of a country sparked my interest to speak with him at the University of Virginia.

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