ELP 2014 – Wrapping up in San Francisco

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After promoting international understanding and cultural exchange through homestays with local host families in Detroit, Michigan, and learning about social entrepreneurship, serving the underserved communities and activism in the US, Detroit’s economic recovery, and urban environmentalism, the ELP Fellows arrived in San Francisco for the last leg of their journey. They were exposed to innovation in technology, social venture funds, social media, and the role of arts in social change.

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Precita’s murals are thought-provoking and speak to issues of class struggle, racism, oppression and other relevant issues to communities of color.

They started with a walking tour of Precita Eyes Muralists Association in the Mission. As an inner city, community-based mural arts organization that seeks to enrich and beautify urban environments and educate communities locally and internationally about the process and the history of public community mural art. Switching gears, we were hosted by the Ploughshares Fund, Ploughshares Fund, an organization led and supported by a community of experts, advocates and analysts who implement smart strategies to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

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At the Ploughshares Fund

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Jalila loads the tote bag on the machine for printing

We also visited Social Imprints, a company that provides career opportunities and a living wage to people who need a second chance. They empower their employees by offering them the training and experience to reach their personal goals. Other stops included Pinterest, the Facebook campus, and interfaith discussion at a Jewish synagogue.

A visit to Stanford University to meet with Secretary George Shultz capped off the week.

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Sec Shultz shares his insights and fields the Fellows’ questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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