On Friday we attended the United Way's Connecting for Community Change (C3) conference alongside almost 250 other nonprofits and service providing companies in the Metro Atlanta area. We were there to support our 12 Spark Prize finalists in their final presentations to investors and to lead a session called Challenge Lab with on the ground leaders.
After almost 100 applicants and 12 semi-finalists, there were six finalists that all received a grant from the United Way. The winners are below:
$10,000 winner: Next Generation Men
$15,000 winner: Urban Perform
$20,000 winner: Helping Mamas
Congratulations to all of the Spark Prize participants. We are so proud you! In the several months, we will be working with our winners to provide coaching to help them grow and develop their vision.
CCI also led a "design thinking" session at the C3 conference. We created a session that help participants begin to rethink how we improve access to services for the growing number of low-income families who live in Atlanta's suburbs. Participants we engaged in conversations about their clients and we took them through an exercise to prove that there are better ways to use data to serve our Atlanta communities. If you want to hold a session with your team or company, give Elyse a shout at Elyse@civicatlanta.org
It was awesome to hear Michel Martin and Milton Little, Jr., remind us why our work is so important and why Atlanta is leading the charge on finding new ways to problem solve. We are excited about continuing work with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to find innovative ways to approach homelessness, education, health, and income disparity in the coming months!