Our Do Good alums, whether they graduated from the School of Public Policy or participated in Do Good programs, have continued to achieve great things since leaving University of Maryland. We caught up with past students to hear about the great nonprofit and social innovation jobs and internships they've landed, as well as awards they've won. And, we have updates about how Terps are continuing to create change for issues they care about with their social ventures and nonprofits.
- Juan Bellocq (MPP ‘13 and 2013 Do Good Challenge Winner) and his organization Fundación Microjusticia provide legal aid to vulnerable Argentinians. Since 2013, they have resolved 3,500 legal cases, provided more than 6,000 consultations, and solved 30 cases for Argentinians who were undocumented because they were not born in hospitals. Juan was awarded the 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst & Young. He continues to grow his team and has expanded operations to northern Argentina.
- Sydney Perlotto, Marcela de Campos, and TIAA Fellow Ayesha Tahir (Team Cultivata) were selected as Regional Finalists for the World Bank and Wharton School Ideas4Action competition for their proposal Mind the Gap: Mobile Gender Data Clinics. Of 132 teams from the USA and Canada, they were one of 12 selected as regional finalists. In total, over 2,000 final proposals were submitted from 132 countries.
- Allison Herskovitz (2017 Do Good Challenge Finalist for Terp Thon) received one of twenty Distinguished Leader Awards from Terp Thon's national organization, Miracle Network Dance Marathon. Allison was picked from more than 300 programs across the country for her excellent work with Terp Thon. Read more here.
- Matthew Hollister (2017 Do Good Challenge Winner) recently received a substantial investment for his company SAVE and the James Hollister Wellness Foundation, which recovers unused medications from going to waste and sends them to developing countries lacking access to these life-saving drugs. Matt will focus full-time on advancing the foundation and company after graduation.
- Ben Simon, co-founder of Food Recovery Network and CEO of Imperfect Produce, was featured in a San Francisco Business Times article talking about what it takes to make zero food waste a business strategy.
- Over the course of the 2017-2018 Academic Year, 2016 Do Good Challenge Winner Terps Against Hunger packed nearly 930,000 meals, which were distributed across Maryland, DC, and Virginia. The total number of meals packaged by the organization is now 2.25 million since their founding in December 2013.