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Introducing the Finalists Presenting at Fast Pitch 2018

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And the finalists are…

  • CoachArt
    Greg Harrell-Edge
    Coached by: Dina Silver & Jon Blackwell
    Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Their vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
  • Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP)
    Devon Hartman
    Coached by: Ken Deemer & Elliott Schwartz

    CHERP Inc. (Community Home Energy Retrofit Project), 501(c)(3), is dedicated to fighting global warming in the building sector, and “Locally Grown Power” is our capstone project. Locally Grown Power will be the first non-profit solar panel assembly factory in the United States. We are combining cutting edge technology with enlightened economics to comprehensively address greenhouse gasses, jobs, local economic stimulus, and environmental justice.
  • CSH Speak UP! Advocates Program
    Ann English
    Coached by: Freddy Lee & Alina Sanchez

    Speak Up!, CSH’s Supportive Housing Community Advocates Program, builds the skills of individuals with lived experience of homelessness to demonstrate how the voice of lived experience of homelessness is a powerful tool for cultivating community support for solutions to homelessness.
  • FreeFrom
    Sonya Passi
    Coached by: Alicia Lara & Jennifer Happillon

    FreeFrom focuses on breaking the cycle of violence against women in the U.S., by looking past crisis intervention to violence prevention and helping survivors achieve financial stability so that they can leave and never have to go back.
  • Good City Mentors
    Brian Larrabee
    Coached by: Steve Burns & Otha Cole

    Good City Mentors provides inspiring mentorship for high school youth most at-risk of falling off track, positively impacting student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. 
  • The Korean American Coalition of Los Angeles
    Joon Bang
    Coached by: Ashley Boardman & Bob Reith

    Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles (KAC) was established in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organization, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.
  • Opportunity Fund LA
    Iosefa Alofaituli
    Coached by: George Bryson & John Garcia III

    Award-winning and innovative, Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by.
  • Safe Place for Youth
    Alison Hurst
    Coached by: Helen 
    McKinnon & Ryan Harding
    Safe Place for Youth was founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers and Founder/Executive Director Alison Hurst, offering hot food, clothing and socks to homeless youth in Venice Beach from their cars. Since the beginning they have been driven to give youth opportunities to transform by multiplying their services, building their programming and strengthening their partnerships.
  • Vigilant Love
    Sahar Pirzada
    Coached by: Carolyn Rojo & Mario Fedelin
    Vigilant Love works to address the rampant rise of Islamophobia, including interpersonal hate crimes and systemic discrimination, with a focus on resisting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program, “Countering Violent Extremism.”
  • The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s
    Nihal Satyadev
    Coached by: Eric Mark & Eric Hubbard
    A group of young individuals committed to changing the perception of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their members can be found in high schools and college campuses across the nation creating a grassroots movement to seek the cure. We are youth advocates. They are youth caregivers and youth researchers. 

The semi-finalists exhibiting at the showcase are…

  • Center for Powerful Public Schools
    Jeanne Fauci
    Coached by: Nancy Hammerman & Phyllis Blaunstein

    As a catalyst for educational equity, access and choice, Center for Powerful Public Schools is addressing the issue that public school students – particularly those from historically underrepresented populations and/or living in poverty – are not adequately prepared for success in postsecondary education and 21st Century jobs.
  • Debug Politics
    Erica Guerra
    Coached by: Candy Deemer & Ev Boyle

    Debug Politics hosts events focused on transforming tech community frustration into a catalyst for change by inspiring civic technology solutions built in collaboration with social good partners. They challenge technologists to use their talents as developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals to problem solve for the common good while working in partnership with civic and government officials, public policy and political experts, social action advocates, and academics. They seek to inspire civic-focused tech innovation that responds to the profound challenges facing American democracy and serves the urgent engagement, mobilization, and humanitarian efforts required at this American moment.
  • human-I-T
    Gabe Middleton
    Coached by: Scott Jarus & Dianne Debicella
    human-I-T connects low-income individuals and nonprofits to technology, internet, and digital training. By reusing instead of recycling electronics, our team transforms e-waste into opportunities to promote digital inclusion and digital access.
  • Our Children LA
    Denise McCain-Tharnstrom
    Coached by: Larry Stern & Joni Byun

    Our Children LA (OCLA) is a Los Angeles nonprofit organization formed to use mobile-centric communications and web-based resources to raise regional awareness and offer support for improving the life conditions for local children and youth under 25 with a unique emphasis on those who are underserved and at-risk.
  • Plus Me Project
    Richard Reyes
    Coached by: Evelin Montes  Joan Herman

    We are a Los Angeles based nonprofit that believes everyone has a story that matters. They provide personal narrative workshops & training for students, educators, and parents.
  • Restorative Justice Fund
    Peter Borenstein
    Coached by: Denise Berger & Barbara Fortson

    RJFund advocates for, designs, and deploys innovative interventions at every step of the criminal justice system. They provide full-service legal representation to lifers coming home after decades of incarceration. They design and deploy pre-arrest and pre-charge diversions for prosecutors and law enforcement that save time, money, and lives.They develop tools to aid decision makers in planning more effective interventions for the most vulnerable justice-involved people. They offer customized workshops and trainings for stakeholders to learn how Restorative Justice can be applied to design a better justice system.
  • The Ulmer Institute
    Roshaun Ulmer-Windham
    Coached by: Lynne Davidson & Sherise Bright

    Addressing urban psychological trauma through research, treatment, and training. Conducting mental preparedness trainings taught by TUI psychologist with a focus on psycho-education i.e. training individuals how to address trauma in a way that does not result in PTSD or trauma spectrum disorders.
  • Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles
    Alexandra Torres Galancid
    Coached by: Amber Sheikh Ginsberg & Wally Rudolph
    Train, educate and prepare women and youth for transformative careers in the construction industry.
  • Whittier First Day
    Irene Muro
    Coached by: Greg Cherry & Grayce Bentley
    First Day serves approximately 2,300 unduplicated individuals through outreach, homelessness prevention, housing, health, advocacy, and other services on behalf of our clientele. They also serve the Greater Whittier network of providers and community members as a leader in cross-sector convening, information sharing, and volunteer coordination. As their influence continues to grow, they remain committed to stakeholder engagement and responsiveness to meeting critical needs in the community.

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