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March 25, 2015

The #NPGathering15 live blog continues!

For 11 years, one of the most important features of the Gathering of Leaders has been the "Bets" that participants make on large-scale, transformative change in education, early childhood development, economic empowerment and public health. These bets aim to provoke bold thinking about what more we can do together to change the lives of millions of our fellow citizens who are still struggling. And in some cases, the bets and other presentations have helped catalyze concrete action, as we noted in our preview post earlier this week.

The first group of Bets this year are outlined below:

Peace First President Eric Dawson Peace First President Eric Dawson

Peace First, a New Profit grantee and partner in our Reimagine Learning Fund, exists to create the next generation of peacemakers, in part through awarding the $25,000 Peace First Prize and Fellowship for young people who are taking action in their own schools and communities.

"It’s not enough to teach a group of young people a set of skills, and then send them off into a world that doesn’t acknowledge them —and worse, actually undermines their peacemaking efforts. We live in a culture of violence, hatred, and intolerance. We need a compelling and competitive alternative —a cultural counterweight —that we can only create through a movement led by young people, who are powerful agents of social change."

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO, Center for Youth Wellness Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO, Center for Youth Wellness

The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to kids exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.

"Most of my patients are being exposed to such high degrees of trauma that I wondered how it was affecting their developing brains and bodies. I could give a child an immunization or counsel them about obesity, yet I still felt like I was not addressing the things that are most likely to shorten their lifespan. When I read the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, done by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, it was a huge missing piece to the puzzle. All of my medical and public health training came into focus. The ACE study demonstrated in a large population that there was a strong correlation between experiences of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction and poor health outcomes including asthma, heart disease, and cancer. The medical community has not even begun to have a comprehensive response to this crisis. I believe that we need to change that. We are betting that routine screening, early detection, and effective intervention can reduce the morbidity and early mortality from ACEs and toxic stress."

Elisabeth Mason, CEO & Co-Founder, Single Stop Elisabeth Mason, CEO & Co-Founder, Single Stop

Single Stop, a grantee in the New Profit Innovation Fund, provides coordinated access to the safety net and connect people to the resources they need to attain higher education, obtain good jobs, and achieve financial self-sufficiency – all through a unique one-stop-shop.

"As proud as I am of our success to date, with 46 million Americans living in poverty, the need for Single Stop is so much greater. To be able to reach the tens of millions of families in need and significantly reduce poverty, it became increasingly clear to me that we would need to radically transform our model. One of the reasons why stores like Walmart and websites like are so successful is because they have perfected the model of one-stop shopping. From pants to plates to pies, customers can purchase everything they need, conveniently, all in one place. Yet, no one has been able to apply this model to social service programs, which can have confusing and complex eligibility and application requirements, making them difficult to access. Not only does Single Stop aim to do just that, but our goal is also to link nonprofit services and government benefits to create a comprehensive and holistic set of resources for those in need."

Tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #NPGathering15!

Stay tuned for information about other Bets from this year's event.


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