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California is now the first state to implement specific funding, support, and accountability for foster children in public schools. EP Alumnus Jesse Hanhel (Bay Area, 2007) works on the front line of the new initiative as founder and director of FosterEd, advocating for foster youth in spaces where their voices are seldom heard. "Foster children are our children. We have a collective responsibility to ensure they thrive in school."

2012 EP alumnus Corey Blay writes about Brotherhood Prep, a private high school he's working to build in Harlem that "would have the resources required to support black and Latino boys at their most vulnerable stage and the freedom needed to pioneer new education models that helps boys of color to thrive in competitive high schools, colleges, and work environments."

Dania Frink ('13), a Masters in Public Administration alumna from the University of San Francisco, will be joining EP as a year-long Fellow with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She speaks to her alma mater about the grant work she will be doing at Schusterman, her transition to the nonprofit sector, and her commitment to the Bay Area.

2013 EP Alumnus William Jackson was named a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow. Selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants, Jackson will join the leaders of 41 other organizations to receive two years of funding and foundational leadership and business development support, and a lifetime of membership in a network that includes the founders of Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, and SKS Microfinance.

For his Echoing Green Fellowship, Jackson will continue his work as the founding executive director of Village of Wisdom, which enhances the academic achievement of African American boys by equipping parents, guardians, and community members with the tools and training critical to supporting the success of their black boys. 

Three students from Northwestern University's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program will complete Education Pioneers Fellowships this summer.

Jessica Domijan and Stanley Fong will both spend the summer at the Teach For America office in Chicago. Amber Barger will travel to Houston, where she will will join Reasoning Mind, a non-profit organization that develops students' math knowledge and thinking skills.

Chalkbeat Tennessee features Education Pioneers' second cohort of Fellows in Memphis and Nashville.

EP Tennessee has more than doubled in size in just one year.

Revolution Foods, the healthy eating company co-founded by 2005 EP Alumna Kristin Groos Richmond, recently received a $30 million investment from AOL Co-Founder Steve Case.

"Co-founder and CEO Kristin Groos Richmond says of the company's origins: 'Kirsten [Saenz Tobey, co-founder] and I had a vision to dramatically increase the healthy, delicious meals for all kids across the country. We had both come from a mixed background of business and education and saw firsthand the impact that eating nutritious meals had on student success - in, and out - of the classroom.'"

In his latest piece for the The Huffington Post, Education Pioneers Founder and CEO Scott Morgan writes why we must improve the odds for our nation's first-generation college students. Thanks to leaders like EP Alumna Alex Bernadotte and organizations like Beyond 12, we're on our way.
Beyond 12, founded by EP Alumna Alex Bernadotte, was selected as one of the Top 10 in the 2014 Bay Area Google Impact Challenge. One Degree, founded by EP Alumnus Rey Faustino, also received honorable mention.

2011 EP Fellow Shauntel Paulson, Principal at NewSchools Venture Fund, sat down with Education Week to discuss education technology and personalized learning models.