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  • Y-Prize Winners Help Cambodian Infants Tuesday Jan 24 2017

    The project—to market infant ventilators for hospitals in developing countries—hit close to home for members of the winning team and is moving in its goal to save lives.

  • Lost Boys of Sudan Visit BYU Thursday Oct 27 2016

    In conjunction with the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance's Peery Film Festival, the BYU Health Science Department was honored to host three Sudanese refugees, at the film showing of "Lost Boys of Sudan."

  • Changemaker Film Competition Shares Solutions Wednesday Oct 26 2016

    BYU alumna Emily Brand won the Ballard Center's first Changemaker Film Competition for her short documentary depicting one social innovator's work to combat hunger.

  • Solving Problems One 'Stoplight' at a Time Wednesday Aug 03 2016

    Thanks to the Ballard Center, BYU students had the opportunity to utilize their skills in the research and development of a survey that is tackling poverty.

  • Watch This Year's TEDxBYU Talks Friday May 20 2016

    Bright minds, riveting speakers, and ideas worth spreading—this year’s TEDxBYU event proved to be the best one yet.

  • Sign Up for Ballard Scholar Program Friday Apr 08 2016

    You might be an accounting major who’s passionate about ending poverty. Or maybe you’re a sociology student striving to solve world hunger. Perhaps you’re studying engineering and just want to create something that will benefit people’s lives.

  • The 2016 SISC Ends in Showdown Monday Mar 14 2016

    The Social Innovation Solution Competition (SISC) started with more than twenty competitors and culminated in a showdown between two teams—but the finale didn’t exactly end as anticipated.

  • 5 Ways to Get Involved in the New Year Monday Jan 04 2016

    If one of your New Year's resolutions is to make a difference, the Ballard Center of Economic Self-Reliance can help you reach your goals.

  • Top Marriott School Stories of 2015 Thursday Dec 31 2015

    The Marriott School had an amazing 2015. Here's a list of some of our top stories of the year featuring our outstanding students, faculty and alumni.

  • Y-Prize Newborn Challenge Kickoff Wednesday Dec 09 2015

    The problem is staggering: 4 million newborn deaths every year. But the solution is promising: low-cost respirators created by BYU engineering students. The challenge is yours: identify a community most in need and find a way to distribute the respirators.

  • New Best Venture Winners Monday Nov 16 2015

    Hours of preparation, planning, and prototyping comes down to a single pitch for student entrepreneurs in the Ballard Center’s Social Venture Academy (SVA), which hosts competitions for socially minded business plans. After a fierce showdown on 2 October, SVA announced the two newest winners of its Best Venture Competition: SimpleCitizen and Haedrian Labs.

  • New Video Highlights Effort to End Poverty Monday Oct 12 2015

    With the help of talented interns from the Marriott School’s Ballard Center, Self-Reliance Services/Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is empowering thousands of people throughout the world to become economically self-reliant.

  • Alicia Becker: A Changemaker's Journey Monday Oct 12 2015

    The path toward a higher education comes with twists and turns. Alicia Becker, a first-generation college graduate, knows this all too well. After navigating her way to two degrees, Becker’s educational journey is continuing at the Marriott School’s Ballard Center for Self-Reliance, where she works as partner relations manager and adjunct professor.

  • Ending Poverty One Study at a Time Friday Oct 02 2015

    The Ballard Center co-sponsored MPA Professor Ty Turley’s research on development economics in Paraguay.  See how Turley is working to end poverty around the world.  

  • Ballard Alum Brings Education to Jails Thursday Sep 24 2015

    As an undergraduate student in the Ballard Center’s Social Venture Competition, Brian Hill learned what it takes to be a social innovator. Now he runs a successful social enterprise, Edovo, which provides inmates with access to meaningful education that can potentially rehabilitate and reduce recidivism.  

  • The Effect of Impact Investing Tuesday Sep 15 2015

    Business students aren't just motivated by dollars and cents. Accounting grad Jeremy Sookhoo was looking for a career that would be both exciting and meaningful when he found the perfect opportunity: an internship with the University Impact Fund, now called the Sorensen Global Impact Investing Center (SGIIC).

  • Ballard Center Internship Propels Career Monday Sep 14 2015

    MPA student Jeff Roberts discovered many things during his internship: the best ways to help people become self-reliant, his love of social innovation, and the power of a late-night pizza party.

  • Putting a Freeze on Food Waste Tuesday Aug 04 2015

    A lot of students want to save the world, but Michael Snow and Steven Johnson want to save food.

  • Megan Murff: In "Cahoots" With Social Venture Academy Thursday Mar 26 2015

    Megan Murff, a 2014 BYU MBA graduate and founder of Cahoots Fitness fell in love with exercising after  a youth church leader introduced her to Tae Bo in high school. But she was never interested in jumping into the fitness business.

  • Changemaker Club Innovates in Provo Tuesday Feb 24 2015

    For busy college students, opportunities to serve can be lost amid the day-to-day challenge of balancing coursework, jobs, and relationships. But members of BYU’s Changemaker Club are bucking that stereotype by using their education to find sustainable solutions for social issues in Provo.