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I had the opportunity to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Conference in Miami. This conference was launched by President Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. This year I was humbled to be one of 70 non-profit representatives working with youth to be invited to attend the conference, along with 100 university deans, and 1300 university student leaders from around the world.

During this 2-day conference, I had a chance to interact with 100s of people–all brought together  by the common desire to make a sustainable positive impact on the community. The conference included an A-list guestlist including President Clinton to stars like Heather Graham and Pharrell to organizations like Lend for Peace who are using microcredit to help the people in need in the troubled West Bank. However, despite this amazing list of people and organizations in attendance, what inspired me most was meeting the university students and hearing their stories and dreams for change. I was particularly moved by a college freshman I met who I learned became an orphan while she was in high school. She was also pregnant when she became an orphan. Given all her adversity, it would have been so easy for her to give up on education; instead, she found the courage to give birth to her baby and then, to leave her surroundings in Chicago and head south where she is now getting a degree while raising her child.

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Last month, Seattle 2.0 announced the finalists for the second-annual Seattle 2.0 Awards, the premier tech awards that honor and celebrate “the best of the best” from the tech startup scene in Seattle. One of the categories this year is Best Nonprofit Startup, set out to recognize the startup has done the most to apply technology to solve social problems—and Jolkona Foundation has been nominated!

We are humbled to be a finalist for this award and honored to be nominated along with other amazing nonprofits. Finalists were chosen by a committee and you get to vote on the winners.

We’d appreciate your support by voting for Jolkona as “Best Nonprofit Startup” in the Seattle 2.0 Awards. It only takes a few minutes to cast your vote here on Seattle 2.0’s site.

We would like to thank the selection committee and everyone behind Seattle 2.0 for the nomination! And we’d like to thank you for your support as we continue to inspire and empower a new generation of giving.

Winners are announced at the Seattle 2.0 Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 19th. The awards ceremony sounds like a fun night. In addition to announcing the winners, they’re hosting a Poker Tournament and a Startup Showcase. Some of us from Jolkona will be in attendance, will you?

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