High School Track

The Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) High School Track is an extension of the annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge, a well-established program which we started in 2013 in partnership with Nobel Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus.  The annual signature event powerfully demonstrates the keen interest of college students as well as community entrepreneurs and activists across the state in helping address some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, and their creativity in designing novel, sustainable, business-orientated solutions. In 2017 we had 96 teams, representing 290 individuals, compete in our two tracks – the college track (for any student at a NH college or university) and the community track (open to any NH resident and UNH alumni living anywhere in the world).

While, we have had several high school student groups ask each year if they can compete and we have allowed them to do so in the community track, the SVIC High School Track is an opportunity to create a dedicated track allowing High School students to compete on a level playing field.  It also allows the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise to support the staff and teachers who work with these students with appropriate materials. We are excited about this possibility because of the impact we think it can have all across the state of NH and beyond!

In 2016, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise hosted a pilot high school track for the Social Venture Innovation Challenge.  Based on the positive feedback, we are continuing to pilot the SVIC High School Track in 2017 and are now exploring launching a state wide SVIC High School Track in 2018.  Any individual or group of high school students who are not part of this year’s pilot are welcome to enter the Community Track of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge.

We are incredibly grateful to Phillips Exeter AcademyPortsmouth High School, and The Derryfield School for their continued vision and partnership on this pilot program.


Healthy Minds Healthy Children – First Place
 

Our Social Venture tackles the problem of mental health in young refugees who have resettled in the USA by creating an after-school program.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes
Team Members: Magisha Thohir, Menatallah Bahnasy, Alexander Gladu, Maya Kim


Solely: Thinking Beyond The Shoe – Second Place

Solely is a shoe manufacturing and development company based in Africa that provides 100% recyclable shoes to school-aged children in need.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell
Team Members: George Henrich, Eric Mayer, Oliver Simon, Jeffrey Pratt

Wise – Third Place

Wise is a program designed specifically to prevent and otherwise eradicate the loneliness and depression among the elderly.
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisors: Tiffany D'Amour, Dana Gray, Kim McGlinchey
Team Members: Harry Flagg, Andy Martenson, Ann Cassell Zeth Oakes-Bryden, Kayleigh Vogel


BarCode

A versatile app, BarCode, will be an access point for women to contact several resources when at risk of sexual assault or violence. 
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell
Team Members: Darby Gillett, Cailley Rawson, Andrew Lombardozzi

 


The CharitaGuys

Turning a rewards-driven market into a socially-aware, sustainable haven: Making rewards-minded, people-minded.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes
Team Members: Anzi DeBenedetto, Jackson Parell, Gregory Miller, Aum Bhuva
 


Green Hand, Green Heart Society

A non-profit marketing organization that works hand and hand with local companies to promote a more sustainable community.
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisors: Tiffany D'Amour, Dana Gray, Kim McGlinchey
Team Members: Morgan Schmit, Macy Shevlin, Julia McCarthy, Maya Baily, Chloe Lozan

 


Pik Up

We designed an app to help kids organize their own local sporting events.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes
Team Members: Tiago Schwartz, Mikey Doyle, Mike Rounds, Josh Anderson

 


Point to Recycle

Point to Recycle is a system which promotes recycling in cities. A new way to recycle, which rewards any given person points in doing so
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisors: Tiffany D'Amour, Dana Gray, Kim McGlinchey
Team Members: Caelan Toar, Jack Finneral, Jason Katz, Aiden Aliouche, Adison Scully


Vertical Designs

We will provide the individual with the power to change their environment with vertical gardens that require minimal upkeep and are easily installed.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell
Team Members: Julia Shepherd, Maddox Ormiston, Charles Lynch , Taylor Carrobis


2017 High School Judging Panel 

Image of AlexAlex Freid*
Founder & Director, Post-Landfill Action Network

Alex Freid is the Founder and Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national nonprofit network of student leaders working towards zero waste. Currently, PLAN works directly with 80+ campuses across the country on student-led zero waste initiatives. Alex graduated with Honors from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. There, he founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which has diverted over 150 tons of waste on campus and became the first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind in the country. In 2014 PLAN won the Entrepreneurs Foundation of NH AMP Grant Challenge. Alex has won the Brower Youth Award, the Udall Environmental Leadership Scholarship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and was named NH’s 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Alex was the winner of the College track of the SVIC in 2013!

 

Image of ShannonShannon St. Pierre*
Analyst, Dare Mighty Things

Shannon St. Pierre is an Instructional Design Analyst at Dare Mighty Things (DMT) with experience in classroom-based and online training development, as well as program design and assessment. She started at DMT as a Carsey Social Innovation Intern, where she was placed because of her passion for helping others and aiding vulnerable populations. Shannon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and psychology. She has been an active member in the community through many service organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, Alpha Phi Omega, Kiwanis, Net Impact, Child Health Services, and other leadership programs. 

 

Image of SelinaSelina Taylor*
Associate Director, UNH, McNair Scholars Program

Selina Taylor, earned her B.A. in Psychology and later went on to obtain a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She has worked for the university’s Office of First Year Programs for six consecutive years and served as the Liberty Mutual Sponsored Diversity Network Program for five years. Currently, she is the Associate Director for the McNair Scholars Program. Prior to working at UNH, she served as a Staff Assistant and Outreach Representative in Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s constituent services office. Selina brings a wealth of knowledge from the non-profit industry. She sits on one state board and serves as the Treasurer for the Manchester NAACP, unit 2069. In addition to her current role as the Associate Director of McNair, she an advisor for NALA, the support group for women of color at UNH, and the advisor for Delta Xi Phi, Multicultural Sorority, Inc. She enjoys cooking, baking and playing with her puppy, Milo.

 

Image of MattMatt Wilhelm*
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Old Sol Music Hall

Matt Wilhelm is a music industry professional and serial social entrepreneur. After graduating from Plymouth State University, Matt served two terms as an AmeriCorps member with City Year NH before serving on the founding teams of ServeNext, Calling All Crows, and the Old Sol Foundation. He is a past recipient of the Clinton National Service Innovation Award (2006) and the Spirit of NH Award for National Service (2007); winner of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (2015); and graduate of the University of NH's master's in public administration program. A recently-retired roadie of 11 years with bands that actively engage their fans in hands-on service and progressive activism, Matt and his partner live in Manchester with their two young children. He currently serves as special projects assistant at the Palace Theatre and stays active with local City Year and AmeriCorps alumni boards.

*UNH Alumni