Reacting with Proactive Peace

Yesterday there was a widespread reaction to the verdict of George Zimmerman and his actions during the night that ended in Trayvon Martin’s death. Along with those who reacted, one of our own went to a silent protest that lasted 3.5 hours in Union Square, New York, NY. 

This silent protest was in tradition of another historic New York protest of it’s kind:

“The Silent Parade (or Silent Protest) was a march of between 8,000 and 10,000African-Americans on July 28, 1917 in New York City. The purpose of the parade was to protest lynching and anti-black violence. The parade was precipitated by theEast St. Louis Riots in May and July 1917, when between 40 and 250 blacks were killed by white mobs.

The Silent Parade was organized by W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP. They hoped to influence president Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote black causes. 

It was the first parade of its kind in New York, and the second instance of blacks publicly demonstrating for civil rights.[2]“- Wikipedia 

Our senior project manager, Alexis Hancock, holding hands in Union Square. Picture Credit to NYTimes

Here at c2c we stand in solidarity with the Martin family during this difficult time.

Orientation at C2C

New social entrepreneurship class kicks off at c2c!

  1. Hard at work at the incubator at #c2c pic.twitter.com/3ANoCdaBDA
  2. Kicking off! pic.twitter.com/q810vLUX1f
  3. Leslie speaking with the entrepreneurs #c2cfitted pic.twitter.com/aIDriHEIdc
  4. David talking with the new class #c2cfitted pic.twitter.com/yb1CmxqZ87
  5. A #c2cfitted graduate speaking with the new class pic.twitter.com/yP5CYr20Qv

c2c Charter Class Graduates!

Congratulations to the 10 charter c2c Social Entrepreneurs who graduated on Friday at Brookwood Secure Center.

In a mock trade show/capital call, each Social Entrepreneur wowed visitors aka “investors” with powerful 60 second pitches, descriptions of their business plans and models, and discussions of future visions.

Every c2c social entrepreneur was able to guage the market value of their concepts during the course of the event by raising seed funding from $3000-$20, 000 in Brookwood Bucks.

Over the next 3-12 months, as they are released from the facility, each of these incredible young men will have an opportunity to continue on the path to launching their businesses theough the c2c Social Enterrprise Incubator.

On hand to award each entrepreneur with their Global Business Incubator certification was Bruce Niswander, Director of GBI, a South SouthNews/United Nations initiative.

c2c Echoing Green BMA Finalist

c2c SELECTED AS FINALIST IN ECHOING GREEN BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT FELLOWSHIP

It is our pleasure to announce that c2c has been selected as a finalist, in a field of 14, for the Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Of the 14, 8 companies will be chosen as Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellows in June.

Additionally, c2c has been asked, along with 11 other finalists, to pitch our company to 500 guests at the Echoing Green Big Bold Benefit on May 16th.

We are so delighted to have been selected as a finalist company. The next month will be filled with exiting events, interviews and introductions to our new cohort.

c2c would like to take this opportunity to wish all those selected as Echoing Green finalists the best of luck in the coming weeks and in their continued efforts to improve the lives of global citizens everywhere.

c2c SELECTED AS SEMI-FINALIST IN ECHOING GREEN BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT FELLOWSHIP

corners2cornerstones is very proud to announce that we have been selected as semi-finalists for the Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. c2c is among those social enterprises that were selected from over 3000 submissions narrowed to a field of 87 brilliant BMA semi-finalists. There is a long way to go until the final 8 are chosen in June but we are up for the task!

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is a new fellowship program established by Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green dedicated to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S.

To learn more about Echoing Green and the Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellowship and other EG programs please visit the link below by copying and pasting it into your browser. The BMA semi-finalist list can be found by scrolling down the page.

http://www.echoinggreen.org/blog/announcing-2013-semi-finalists

c2c would like to congratulate all the Echoing Green semi-finalists and wish them the best of luck in their pursuit of a better world.

c2c In the News

C2C AND THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM AT MILANO SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, MANAGEMENT AND URBAN POLICY AT THE NEW SCHOOL FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

c2c and graduate students in the Social Entrepreneurship Program at Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy will be joining forces in the Spring Semester of 2013 to collaborate on c2c based projects. The students will assist c2c in strategy specific initiatives such the development of the c2c web community, a train the trainers program, curriculum development, and the replication of the c2c model for expansion. Additionally, the students will be working on similar projects with one of the c2c Social Enterprise Incubator Companies, Godega. Founded by Hector Rivera, Godega is a mobile fresh food hub that fills the gaps in residential neighborhoods left by food deserts and gulfs in the NY metropolitan area.

C2C AND BROOKWOOD SECURE CENTER TO LAUNCH PILOT JANUARY 2013

The Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack, NY and c2c have agreed to a six month pilot of the FittED™ program that consists of two consecutive sessions of three months each.

Select residents within 6 mos-1 yr. of release will participate in a 120 hour social entrepreneurship bootcamp that leverages the entrepreneurial skills acquired for survival on the streets, identifies the necessary skills to fill gaps, and applies the integrated skill set to the development of viable business concepts. Each student will graduate with a validated proof of concept, a business plan, a detailed launch timeline, and the necessary preparation for incorporation.

The c2c FittED™ program is open to Brookwood residents ages 18-20 and will be the first of its kind in a NYS facility. Upon their release from Brookwood, select FittED™ program graduates will continue the development and launch of their social enterprise at the c2c Social Enterprise Incubator in Brooklyn, NY.

Those who do not join us at the Brooklyn incubator can maintain close contact through the Training2Touchstone Program.  The program provides a robust and supportive transition experience including enrollment in the c2c Virtual Incubator where they can access mentoring, resources, and virtual internships working on live projects for established companies enhancing job opportunity and resume building. For more information contact: lalfin@corners2cornerstones.com

c2c DESIGN2 DONE! IS DONE!

NEITHER RAIN, NOR SLEET, NOR GLOOM OF NIGHT…
Despite the inclement and sometimes downright ridiculous weather, c2c carried on and we are safely, soundly and dryly moved in to our new incubator space! There are still odds and ends to finish up but we have officially opened our doors and are now happily at work supporting 8 Charter Social Enterprise Start Ups!! Once again –thank you to all our amazing supporters!

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NEXT MONTH–MEET THE c2c SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS!