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Fast Pitch Alumni – 2016

Congratulations to SVP Chicago’s 2016 Fast Pitch Winners:

  • Judges’ First Place ($10,000) – Torrey Barrett, Founder & Executive Director, KLEO Center
  • Judges’ Second Place ($7,500) – Kelly Lambrinatos, Co-founder & Executive Director, VOCEL
  • Jasculca Terman Pro bono Service Award – Ethan Daly, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Sunshine Enterprises
  • Coaches’ Award ($2,500 plus capacity-building support) – Alison Hanold, Partnerships Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance

Class of 2016 Finalists

Judges’ First Place

KLEO Center

K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center is a non-profit organization and facility dedicated to strengthening families and providing a safe haven, through education, training, support and fun for people of all ages in the Chicago land community. Our goal is to create an enhanced ability to navigate the world by providing the necessary tools, skills and support needed for our participants to become a productive part of society.

Judges’ Second Place


VOCEL is an innovative take on early learning, rooted in language development and an open, intentional teaching style. Focused on kids as young as 6 weeks and as old as 5 years, we’re committed to developing children’s communication, interpersonal and executive function skills so they can thrive in school and succeed in life.

Jasculca Terman Pro-bono Service Award

Sunshine Enterprises

Sunshine Enterprises (SE) launched in 2012 to begin the work of training and equipping neighborhood-based entrepreneurs in business management and development. In line with the vision to help seek community renewal, the mission of SE is to start and grow 200 businesses in Woodlawn and expand throughout the south and west sides of Chicago.

Coaches’ Award

Chicago Literacy Alliance

The Chicago Literacy Alliance is an association of more than 80 organizations operating in and around the city to help meet literacy needs for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are dedicated to increasing the combined impact of our community’s literacy organizations by providing opportunities for creative and effective collaboration.

Chicago Debate Commission

The mission of the Chicago Debate Commission is to advance the academic achievement, community contributions and life success of Chicago youth through debate.

Chicago HOPES for Kids

Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in homeless shelters. It is our mission to provide our students with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness.

Inspiration Corp.

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

Surge Institute

Surge Institute was founded in 2014, in response to a dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables within education reform. Surge provides leadership development resources to institutions and individuals to create a pipeline of diverse leaders in education.

The Surge Fellowship, the Institute’s signature program, is designed to identify and groom emerging talent in education, and provide them with leadership development as well as access to networks and visibility, empowering them to bring new ideas, perspectives, and solutions that change the landscape of education.

Class of 2016 Semi-finalists

Allowance for Good

Mission: Develop the rising generations of philanthropic leaders who cultivate global citizenship and empower others around the world to achieve their full potential.

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

The Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse is a non-profit organization that promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices. Reclaimed building materials are sold at our warehouse at low cost to the community and support our education, job-training and job-development programs which foster individual, community and economic growth in Evanston and beyond.

Gary Comer Youth Center

The Gary Comer Youth Center offers positive extracurricular education in a welcoming and safe environment. Our mission is to provide the support for our students to graduate from high school prepared to pursue college and careers.

Kidz Express

Kidz Express is a not-for-profit organization providing holistic solutions to the urban challenges of South Austin by building a continuum of community support to strengthen family economic security and foster positive youth development.

Live it to Learn it/Money Locker

Money Locker is a safe, convenient and accessible alternative for unbanked or underbanked teenagers (13+) in urban Chicago to save, spend and borrow money. We are a credit union for teens, led by teens, using messages targeted at teens—working on-site in partnership with proven financial literacy programs within established school and after-school environments.

Options for Youth

The Options for Youth mission is to expand the opportunities available to vulnerable Chicago youth by developing programs that build upon the strengths and maximize the potential of each young person.

Young Women’s Leadership Charter School

The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago inspires urban girls to engage in rigorous college preparatory learning in a small school focused on math, science and technology that nurtures their self-confidence and challenges them to achieve.