CHANGE-MAKERS


These change agents are committed to their faith,

passionate about creating a just world, and driven to do good.

2018 FELLOWS


BAIYINA ABDAS-SALAAM
Phoenix, AZ

Baiyina is inspired to develop environmentally safe, quality, and affordable baby products to close the access gap for low-income parents.

 


MARGARET CONLEY

Mending Life Concepts Empowerment Group
Cartersville, GA

With a focus on emotional wellness, Margaret seeks to provide faith communities with better access to spiritual and clinically trained professionals in times of distress.

 

VELMA LOVE
Story Catalysts
York, SC

Years of experience in cultural development inspired Velma to leverage the power of storytelling for social change initiatives that address social division and disconnect in our communities.

 


JULIUS JESSUP PETERSON
Roots, Seeds, and Branches
Decatur, GA

The impact toxic institutional power has on marginalized communities motivates Julius to develop a virtual reality simulation (VRS) that addresses racial violence and trauma. This VRS has a unique focus on potential perpetrators whose perception of threat could create actions that inflict harm on people of color.

 


RYAN POWELL
GoHealth Kids Fitness Deck
Detroit, MI

Nearly 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. This heartbreaking statistic fuels Dr. Powell’s passion to improve youth engagement around health and fitness through his mobile app and augmented reality playing cards.

 


ANTHONY SANDUSKY
Village Life Reentry Support
Brooklyn, NY

Anthony plans to heal our communities and reduce recidivism by creating a holistic support system for returning citizens that addresses the trauma of mass incarceration, police brutality, and gun violence.

 


CHASMA SMITH
She Tried It
San Leandro, CA

Curated experiences that disrupt social norms and challenge gender stereotypes is Chasma’s vision for widespread women empowerment that promotes authenticity, equality, and self-love.

 


TABITHA SSONKO
Lebanon, PA

Inspired by her experiences in Uganda and Rwanda, Tabitha wants to create experiences for women of the African diaspora to educate, engage, and support one another in developing financial independence.

2017 FELLOWS


HAZEL CHERRY
Little Sisters Speak
Washington, D.C.

I am committed to manifesting a world where women, particularly Black Women, are free.”

KIT EVANS-FORD
Argrow’s House
Davenport, IA

“I am driven to bring forth love, hope and peace to women healing from violence and abuse.”


SHONDA NICOLE GLADDEN
GOOD to the SOUL
Marion, IN

I want to do good by cultivating communal spaces, curating stories and creating resources to inspire ALL—particularly marginalized people—to live fully into their best selves.”


NIKKI HOSKINS
Ubuntu Villages
Morristown, NJ

I want to build eco-justice oriented tiny houses for lower socioeconomic African American families.


GREG KAUPER
Creative Weekends
Richmond, IN

I want to create space and a healthy model for communities to come together to exercise creative muscles and discover new abilities, which can be shared worldwide.”

JOSEPH KITCHEN
Joseph Kitchen Project
Washington, DC

The good I do is driven by my deep passion to connect to and support those who often are ignored and seen as a threat or the source of a problem instead of the solution.”

LYVONNE BRIGGS PICOU
beautiful scars
Oakland, CA

I am fiercely committed to addressing the taboo and stigma attached to childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in the Black community.”

TYLER SIT
Backyard Farms
Minneapolis, MN

I am dedicated to making sure that neighborhoods can become safer and greener without displacing the poor and people of color.

2017 PARTICIPANTS*


ELIZABETH BIEDRZYCKI
Valley Learning Lab
San Antonio, TX

I am passionate about the local church and exploring creative ways to sustain work in ministry.”

 

DWIGHT FORD
Argrow’s House
Davenport, IA

“My wife Kit and I want to create a space for healing and hope for women healing from violence and abuse.”


NEICHELLE GUIDRY
shepreaches
Chicago, IL

I want to curate safe, supportive and empowering spaces for Black women.”

ARMEL MARTIN
Backyard Farms
Minneapolis, MN

I pragmatically envision how diverse neighborhoods can grow food abundance where all people are nourished and embraced.”

 

CALLID KEEFE-PERRY &
LAKISHA LOCKHART
Arc
Arlington, MA & Richmond, VA

“We want to do good by supporting and advocating for the growth of individuals and organizations whose work is at the intersection of theology, spirituality and the arts.”

*Fellows have applied and been selected to join the DO GOOD X 8-week Startup Accelerator.

Participants have applied and been accepted to attend the DO GOOD X 2 1/2 day Jump Start experience.