Grant #187


April 4, 2016

A new vision of volunteerism.

Mindi Chen, a fourth year Business Administration student at Northeastern University, is always fantasizing about the next solution. Passionate about art, education, culture, and youth empowerment, she implemented the first Youth Art Show in South Windsor, Connecticut as a senior in high school. She went on to co-found the NU Impact Fund, a student-led Impact Investing Fund at Northeastern that focuses on developing student financial literacy through experiential learning. And now, she has built a team of six and is leading the movement of skill-based volunteering for university students through Vism.

Recent studies have shown that the volunteer rate among the millennial generation is increasing at a rapid rate. Vism is an online platform (currently in beta) that strives to foster a sustainable culture of service and social responsibility in university students by connecting them to skill-based volunteering opportunities with nonprofits. Students develop their professional skills and talents through real world application, while nonprofits gain access to high-achieving talent and increase their capacity for social impact. It’s a win-win.

The Vism team has been busy building partnerships and are deep in research and development. They have even caught the attention of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and have been invited twice to attend their annual conference, which brings together university student leaders who are making an impact on their campuses, communities, and world.

The team hopes to start pilot testing this summer and will be using our AWB grant for marketing and promotional collateral that communicates their vision.

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Category: Activism, Education, Empowerment, Volunteer



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