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  • New Ballard Center Club Fills Gap in Social Impact Wednesday Sep 04 2019

    The Social Impact Professional Association, or SIPA for short, provides students pursuing a career in social impact with career services to help them land their dream job.

  • What an Engineer Gained from Doing Good. Better. Tuesday Sep 03 2019

    I’ve always had a desire to help those around me, but with such a taxing and time-consuming major, the thought of spending any of my extra hours outside of the library never seemed realistic or beneficial—until I got involved at the Ballard Center.

  • Myth Busted: Business and Social Good Can Coexist Friday Aug 30 2019

    I am a philosophy major at BYU but an entrepreneur at heart. While in college, I started my career in real-estate investing, learning how to flip houses and lease vacation rentals. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. 

  • Misan Rewane—2019 Social Innovator of the Year Thursday Aug 29 2019

    Change often comes in waves—waves of thought, courage, faith, and determination. As a woman seeking change, Misan Rewane learned to fight the issue of youth unemployment in her home country by creating waves of her own.

  • Learning How to Live Like Ally Wednesday Aug 28 2019

    Just as my life was changed when I was nine years old, I now have the remarkable opportunity to take part in changing others’ lives who seek to improve the society in which they live.

  • Finding My Future Tuesday Aug 27 2019

    Through my work with the Social Venture Academy, my perspective on social issues has changed, and it has created a pattern of learning and growth within my life.

  • Y-Prize Social Innovation Solution Competition—Hear From the Winners Tuesday Aug 27 2019

    The Y-Prize: Social Innovation Solution competition is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students at BYU to address a real-life problem that a current business faces by proposing a solution to be implemented by the company.

  • How Filming in Vietnam Connected a Grandson to His Grandfather Friday Aug 09 2019

    A grandfather and grandson both spent time in Vietnam—but for very different reasons.

  • Nonprofit Management Student Association: Year in Review Wednesday Aug 07 2019

    The Nonprofit Management Student Association (NMSA) was incorporated into the Ballard Center during the 2018­–2019 academic year. The NMSA has grown from its infancy in 2009 to a total of seventeen board members and seventy-eight student members. Today, nineteen students are active contributors to the program. The overall mission of the NMSA is to “develop future leaders in the nonprofit sector by providing memorable experiences, coordinating professional networking, and connecting students with internship opportunities.”

  • New Show “Solution Time” Draws Attention to Social Issues through Comedic Lens Monday Aug 05 2019

    For Alicia Gettys, the endless cycle of cynical and disheartening news sparked an interest in creating a new kind of news that shares stories of hope and optimism, with a little help from a former NFL star.

  • Lawble: Helping Make Pro-Bono Legal Assistance Available to All Thursday Aug 01 2019

    “Our end goal is to create a single landing page for all of the nation’s free legal services so we can provide justice for all.”

  • Women Helping Women in Entrepreneurship Wednesday Jul 10 2019

    The Ballard Center's Social Venture Academy works to solve social issues across the globe, and recent participants seem to be setting a new trend in social entrepreneurship—women helping women.

  • Social Innovation in a Speedy Way Wednesday Apr 24 2019

    While the hustle and bustle of big cities in America are characterized by taxis and Uber and Lyft vehicles, Madagasca's ubiquitous mode of travel looks very different.

  • A Career of Inspiring Connections Thursday Feb 14 2019

    From her college years on, Rose Palmer has connected people, organizations, and communities—leaving them stronger than they were before. When she was a student at BYU, she grew BYU Women's Conference seven-fold. Palmer is now back as a staff member, connecting students to the BYU Marriott School of Business Ballard Center through her position as event coordinator.

  • Newly Organized Professional Research Team Streamlines Farming Supply Chain in Tanzania Friday Feb 01 2019

    The Global Innovation Group (GIG) unites professors from across BYU’s campus to focus on advancing social innovation and fighting global problems, such as poverty. Research teams do this by applying the latest research techniques to individual programs and by developing research ideas for problems that currently have no known solution.

  • Saving Mothers and Babies: Social Venture Maternal Health Challenge Thursday Jan 31 2019

    In February 2018, the World Health Organization reported that more than 800 women die worldwide every day due to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Students who participate in the Social Venture Maternal Health Challenge propose technology-related solutions to lower the mortality rate for pregnant mothers.

  • How to Live a Meaningful Life Wednesday Jan 30 2019

    Have you wondered what your life is going to be like after college graduation? Do you dream about making a difference with your career, yet worry that it won’t be financially viable?

  • Doing Good Better with Y-Prize: Problem Mastery Tuesday Jan 29 2019

    While as a student at BYU-Idaho, Madeline Steele, a public health major, stumbled upon the one and only social innovation class at offered on campus. Intrigued by the ad for the class that promised she could change the world, Steele enrolled in the class and loved what she learned.

  • Off-Campus Internships: Ecuador and Puerto Rico Monday Jan 28 2019

    Proximity allows social innovators to better understand people who are experiencing a social issue. To further the Ballard Center’s mission of searching for pattern-breaking social innovations around the world, students receive grants to make off-campus internships possible. Most of the grant funding comes from generous donors who believe in the power of travel and face-to-face interaction when solving social problems. Without these grants, many students wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel abroad.

  • Behind the Scenes: Interning at University Impact Friday Jan 25 2019

    In 2017, University Impact, an impact investing firm opened its doors in Provo, Utah. Although the impact investing industry (providing monetary support to companies that generate both social impact and financial return) is relatively new, University Impact is doing something unique in the space—nearly all of its associates are college students. In an investing world where internships and jobs are highly competitive, this niche, impact investing firm gives students a chance to hone their skills and gain experience before they’ve even started their full-time career.