We launched IGNITEgood™ to challenge the nation to commit to public service. Everyone can be great because anyone can serve, to quote a community activist who went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize--Martin Luther King, Jr. And during the five weeks in which we accepted submissions to our Millennial Impact Challenge, 214 leaders answered the call! Thank you to everyone who took the time to pass on the message, nominate an inspirational millennial and take the first brave step in changing your world.
Here is how those entries broke down between the categories:
• Opportunity: 50 entries
• Health: 38 entries
• Education: 56 entries
• Green: 23 entries
• World: 47 entries
Of the 214 entries, 66 are from "established organizations" (two or more years in existence) and 148 entered solutions to the "start-up" track (for ideas less than two years old). Please check back starting November 8, 2012 for your opportunity to vote for the Huffington Post Reader's Choice Award right here on Huffington Post Impact.
In the meantime, meet out our two early-entry prize winners. They are still in the running for the $10,000 grand prize in their respective tracks and categories!
The first early-entry prize winner, from the start-up track, is CharityMiles. It's a free GPS-enabled smartphone app that lets users track workouts on their smartphones while they raise money for good causes. For every mile a user logs walking, running or biking, they earn mini donations to a charity of their choice -- user earn 10 cents per mile on a bike and 25 cents per mile on their feet. Corporate sponsors donate funds raised to one of nine charities, including Habitat for Humanity, the World Food Programme and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (with more on the way).
Kennedy Odede is the early-entry prize winner winner from the established organization track. Odede, 28, is president and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), and has come a long way from humble beginnings selling peanuts on the side of the road to help put himself and his seven siblings through school. SHOFCO combats extreme urban poverty and champions gender equality by linking free education for girls to high-value, holistic community services. Women and girls -- the most vulnerable population in Kibera -- are at the center of SHOFCO's focus, but their services are integrated and accessible for all community members in Kibera. Services include both primary and women's health care, comprehensive HIV care, adult education, business skills and training, access to information and computers, gender violence support, sanitation, and clean water.
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