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  • Investing in Social Change Monday Nov 20 2017

    What if your financial investments could change the world? The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance’s Impact Investing Program helps students do just that. Regardless of students’ backgrounds or majors, the program teaches them the fundamentals of determining which companies will be financially successful and create real social change.


  • Teaching Through Text Messages Tuesday Nov 14 2017

    Most BYU students celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and parades, but master’s student Cade Dopp spent his July in Ghana with junior high students and cell phones.


  • Students Tackle Homelessness Monday Nov 13 2017

    One hundred college students, ten days, and one social problem to solve. Students across campus came together to creatively provide a realistic solution for Lava Mae, a nonprofit serving those experiencing homelessness.


  • "Threads of Hope" Wins Changemaker Competition Wednesday Oct 25 2017

    William Knowles couldn’t help but think of his own mother as he captured the story of Nepalese women struggling to provide for their families in his film "Threads of Hope".


  • Ask an Alumni: Jeff Roberts Thursday Aug 10 2017

    As part of a new series, the Ballard Center is giving students the opportunity to ask alumni questions and career advice. This piece features Jeff Roberts of Self-Reliance Services/PEF.


  • TEDxBYU 2017 Videos Now Viewable Wednesday Jul 12 2017

    How do I find purpose? How do we cure cancer? How can I best learn from my mistakes? These were just a few of the hard questions addressed at TEDxBYU 2017.


  • Marriott School Honors Faculty, Staff Friday Apr 21 2017

    Michael Thompson, Shane Allred, and others were recognized at the annual Marriott School Awards Luncheon for their contributions to the university and their respective fields.


  • Sam Cobbs: Social Innovator of the Year Friday Apr 14 2017

    As a homeless college student, Sam Cobb was humiliated while he stood in line to get food stamps. Welfare services said he would need to drop out of college if he wanted their aid, but he knew that college was his only chance at escaping poverty.


  • Closing the Digital Divide for Refugees Friday Mar 31 2017

    For Vikram Ravi, making a difference isn't a far-off dream—it's his reality. Ravi's experiences with the Ballard Center helped him land a position as a digital literacy and access VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) for the AmeriCorps program.


  • Graphic Design Students Make a Splash Friday Mar 31 2017

    BYU professor Linda Reynolds sees the skills she teaches as more than a mixture of aesthetics, images, symbols, and words–her design classes teach students to do good better.


  • Student Team Creates Safe Driving App Friday Mar 31 2017

    A realization prompted four entrepreneurship majors to create Kudoz, an app similar to Pocket Points that incentivizes phone users to keep their phones locked while driving.


  • Promoting Life-Saving Rats Tuesday Mar 28 2017

    An SIP team from the Ballard Center is spreading the word about a little animal doing a huge amount of good.


  • Student Invests in Home Country Tuesday Mar 28 2017

    Stephane Akoki grew up in the Ivory Coast in West Africa, experiencing the travesty of insufficient opportunity. Now, he's using the opportunities given him at BYU to empower Ivorian entrepreneurs.


  • 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.