Changemaker Challenge Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists. We received 44 applications for the Changemaker Challenge. After careful deliberation, we chose 10 of Howard County’s most forward-thinking ideas.

Name: Erin Cassell
Entry: “Safe and Beautiful Bus Stops”           

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“I entered the Changemaker Challenge because I believe that we are capable of working as a community to pull resources from multiple organizations in order to ensure that anyone who uses the state and county bus services along Route 1, is able to get to the bus stops safely and has a welcoming shelter where they can be safe from the trucks driving past them at 50 mph.


Name(s):

Candace Dodson-Reed
Elgin Klugh
Sabina Taj

Entry: African American History Curriculum

Why we entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“There’s a rich African American history in Howard County that needs to be told and we want to share it through powerful personal stories and images.”


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Name: Mark Dunham, Howard County Autism Society (HCAS)
Entry:
“Inclusive, Intergenerational Housing”

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“HCAS is committed to leveraging the power of social innovation and inclusion to improve the lives and futures of adults with autism in Howard County.”


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Name(s):

Jessica Gambrill
Zaina Peterson
Ben Tasker
Raven Tasker

Entry: “Design Your Life” Youth Career Training   

Why we entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“We hope to create positive change in the world through igniting the young to dream in our community.”


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Name: Beth Sandbower Harbinson
Entry: “SOBAR”

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“I decided to enter the Changemaker Challenge contest because I am passionate about providing healthy, hip, non-alcoholic beverages at public events and creating exciting social alternatives for people in recovery and those who cannot drink alcohol.”


Name: Tim Lattimer
Entry: “Sustainable Convergence: Scenario Planning to Solve Complex Problems”

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“I wanted to help empower a cross-section of people in Howard County to reduce polarization and converge around durable solutions to complex challenges, particularly to advance climate-smart development.”


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Name: Lori Lilly
Entry: “Sowing Seeds of Change”, Howard EcoWorks, Inc.

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“Howard EcoWorks entered the Changemaker Challenge because we have a burgeoning program that would benefit from cash and consultation resources in order to flourish and become a model of social and environmental change for the County and region.”


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Name: Tim Ryerson
Entry:
“Get On The Bus”, Ellicott City Soccer Club

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“I chose to enter the Changemaker Challenge for the chance to implement a “Big Idea” that I have had for some time but have not had the funds or partners to make happen!”


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Name: Brahma Sen, RongBo Lu, Therese Quaranta
Entry:
Youth Communication and Leadership Program

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“Teen-Speak-Power.”


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Name: Danielle Staton
Entry:
“College Readiness Communities”

Why I entered the Changemaker Challenge:

“I saw the Changemaker Challenge as an opportunity to address some of the educational inequities in Howard County that are often overlooked, hidden or unknown.”