Career Advancement

2016 Winning Ideas

2016 Challenge Winner

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago: Ballot Ready proposed providing personalized, nonpartisan, and comprehensive election information on candidates through a website that utilizes crowdsourcing and automated content collection systems. Read their proposal here. 

2016 Finalists

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of MinnesotaPlum Creek Initiative proposed developing a statewide water improvement strategy in Minnesota through a fellowship for women leaders to facilitate water education, learning and networking opportunities. Read their proposal here.

McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University: Peace Cluster proposed implementing Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Washington DC in order to help young Hispanic students break the violence cycle and promote personal and professional growth. Read their proposal here.

Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University:Kudos proposed increasing the uptake of underutilized treatment and care services by LGBTQ homeless youth through the provision of an incentive program. Read their proposal here

Other Winning Ideas 

Bush School of Government & Public Service Texas A&M University: Lead CStAT proposed teaching college students the importance of voter education, awareness, and community engagement through community programming and trainings with College Station, Texas students and community members. Read their proposal here.

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University: Independent Youth Nutrition Assistance Program proposed creating a community-based program that complements and improves upon the current system of food procurement and distribution to increase access to food. Read their proposal here.

Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania: Individual Dignity Project proposed improving access to support services for returning citizens Philadelphia by providing state-issued identification to citizens at the time of reentry. Read their proposal here

Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley: Making a Tiny Deal Out of It proposed using tiny home villages to increase the affordable housing stock in Eugene and Springfield, OR to help homeless individuals and low-income renters. Read their proposal here

School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia: First Impressions proposed empowering high school students to secure employment by providing personalized style advice and soft skills coaching in order to make a good first impression at job interviews. Read their proposal here

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University: Rhode to Code proposed increasing access to computer science education for Rhode Island high school students by utilizing Brown University’s curricula to offer free, for-credit courses through its online learning platform. Read their proposal here

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

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