Press Release Summaries

Curriculum Launch Release, March 19, 2012: Educate!, a Boulder and Uganda based organization, announces today that its leadership and social entrepreneurship curriculum is now part of the national education system in Uganda.  Educate! will be reaching up to 45,000 youth nationwide. 

Young, Award-winning, Democratic Republic of Congo Refugee to Speak at Educate!’s 3rd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa, March 4, 2012: Educate! welcomes Joseph Munyambanza, one of Educate!’s first students, as  the featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Ball: for the Future of Africa.

Educate!’s 3rd Annual Ball, February 3, 2012: Educate! hosts its 3rd Annual Ball: for the Future of Africa. The event will include live African music by Selasee and the Fafa Family, a silent auction, dancing, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards developing Ugandan students to find solutions to their communities’ problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation.

Premier Anzisha Prize Awarded to Educate! Alum, October 13, 2011: Educate! announces that George Bakka, an Educate! Alum, was just awarded $20,000 for Placing 1st Runner Up in the inaugural Anzisha Prize Competition for his business, Angels Finance Cooperation (AFC). The Anzisha Prize, sponsored by African Leadership Academy, is the premier award for young African entrepreneurs ages 15 to 20, who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities.

Barr Foundation Awards Educate!, August 23, 2011: Barr Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Educate!, in recognition of their work developing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. The first $50,000 was awarded this month and an additional $50,000 will be awarded in December 2011, based on a review of Educate!’s project achievement.

Educate!’s 3rd Annual Hike for Africa, May 26, 2011: On Saturday August 27, Educate!’s 3rd Annual Hike for Africa will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Flagstaff Mountain to Green Mountain and back, in Boulder, Colo. The event celebrates the powerful connection between Educate!’s U.S. supporters and its Ugandan students as participants in Boulder and Kampala, Uganda will trek to the top of a peak, symbolizing the common goal of empowering the next generation of socially responsible leaders. 

Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, May 5, 2011: Grinnell College today named the winners of the first Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. Included are Boris Bulayev, President, and Eric Glustrom, Executive Director, of Educate!, a Colorado and Uganda-based organization that empowers the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa. 

United Nations Association, May 5, 2011: The United Nations Association of Boulder County’s Spring Festival For Educate! and The Budadiri Girls School in Uganda. The event is an afternoon of fun with a Magician, Drumming for Budadiri, Ray Stewart on the flute and wind instruments, African Food and International Specialties, and a silent auction. All proceeds go directly to empower young women in the Educate! program at The Budadiri Girls School in Uganda.

Educate! 2nd Annual Ball Raises Over $25,000, February 17, 2011: Educate! hosted its 2nd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa, on Saturday, Feb. 12 at The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder. The event attracted over 250 guests and raised more than $25,000 for Educate! students and their communities.

Media Advisory: Educate!’s 2nd Annual Ball, January 7, 2011: Educate! hosts its 2nd Annual Ball: for the Future of Africa. The Valentine’s Day-themed event will include live African music by Selasee and the Fafa Family, a silent auction, dancing, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards empowering Ugandan students to find solution to their communities’ problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation.

Educate! to Write World’s First National Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum, December 14, 2010: Educate! was asked by the government of Uganda and the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) to write the social entrepreneurship section of Uganda’s new national high school entrepreneurship curriculum. 

Educate! Announces 2nd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa, November 2, 2010: Educate! is hosting the 2nd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa, on Saturday, Feb. 12 at The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder from 7 to 11 p.m. The Valentine’s Day-themed Ball will include a silent auction, dancing, live African music by Selasee Atiase, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors, in an effort to raise funds to empower a generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa.

Educate! Launches Alumni Network with First Graduating Class of 415 Students, October 21, 2010: Educate! celebrates its’ first graduating class of 415 Ugandan students with an Alumni Network supported by Global Agents. 

Educate! Announces 2nd Annual Hike for Uganda, June 8, 2010: Educate! holds the 2nd Annual Hike for Uganda, celebrating the powerful connection between Colorado supporters and Educate! students in Uganda. The money raised will go directly to support education programs in Africa and empower Educate!’s 830 students in Uganda to transform their communities.

Educate! Wins Educating Pan Africa Award For Entrepreneurship in Education, March 26, 2010: Educate! awarded the First Prize of $10,000 by the EDUCATING AFRICA 2009 Pan African Awards for best entrepreneurship in education in Africa, a collaboration between Teach A Man To Fish and Educating Africa.

Educate! Doubles Enrollment With Addition of 415 Students in Africa, March 11, 2010: Educate! announces the addition of 415 more Scholars (students), doubling its total enrollment to 830. The new Scholars will begin the two-year Educate! Experience program, which includes a course on socially responsible leadership and entrepreneurship, long-term mentoring, and the actual creation of an initiative that solves a critical community problem, at 24 partner high schools throughout Uganda.

Educate! Celebrates Success of the First Annual Ball—For the Future of Uganda, February 10, 2010: Educate! threw a successful event, Educate!’s Annual Ball - For the Future of Uganda on Saturday, February 6, 2010, and raised over $25,000 for educational programs in Uganda. The money raised allows Educate! to empower the 830 students in 24 high schools across Uganda currently enrolled in the Educate! Experience, an innovative two-year curriculum focusing on social change, mentorship, and leadership that equips students with the skills and confidence necessary to transform their communities.

Educate! Announces Annual Ball For the Future of Uganda, December 9, 2009: Educate! is throwing an event to raise money for students in Uganda: Educate!’s Annual Ball - For the Future of Uganda with special musical guest FACE on Saturday February 6, at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center, 1301 Spruce Street in Boulder. The Ball aims to include hundreds of Colorado supporters, dancing, live music, a silent auction, a raffle and refreshments and all proceeds go directly to Educate! to empower students in Uganda through an innovative social change curriculum.

20,000 Trees To Be Planted By Students In Uganda, November 11, 2009: Educate! announces that Educate! Mentor/Teacher Solomon Kayiwa received more than 20,000 tree seedlings donated from the District Forest Officer of the Ugandan Government for students to plant in Hoima, a district in western Uganda.  

Educate! “Empower” Jewelry Line Just Launched, October 6, 2009: L.A.-based designer, Liz Law, and Educate! teamed up to create the new “Empower” jewelry line, just in time for the holidays. Sixty percent of the proceeds from the “Empower” line, comprised of the Illuminate Necklace and Celebrate Bracelet, goes directly to Educate! to empower students in Uganda through an innovative social change curriculum.

Educate! Wins Changemakers of Quality Education in Africa Competition, August 28, 2009: Educate! won the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition, a collaboration between Ashoka’s Changemakers and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The online competition brought in more than 300 ideas and projects from 35 countries. 

Educate!’s First Annual Climb for Uganda, August 2, 2009: Educate! announces the First Annual Climb for Uganda to raise money for education programs in Africa. On September 13, at 9 a.m., Educate! friends in Boulder hike up Green Mountain while Educate! students will hike up a mountain in Kampala, Uganda – uniting forces for the same cause; empowering Uganda’s youth to transform their communities by addressing poverty, disease, and environmental degradation.

Educate! Receives 2009 Echoing Green Fellowship, June 17, 2009: Echoing Green, an angel investor in social change, announced that Educate! is among the fourteen new initiatives to be fueled by the 2009 Echoing Green Fellowships. 

Entrepreneur Magazine names Educate! one of 100 Brilliant Companies in 2009, June 9, 2009: Entrepreneur, a 30-year-old magazine that publishes news stories about entrepreneurialism, small business management, and business opportunities, has named Educate!, an organization that aims to empower the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa, one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” for 2009.

Educate! wins nationally renowned DoSomething Award for work to empower the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa, May 15, 2009: Do Something, the award-winning organization that is the largest in America to recognize young people and social change, revealed the five winners of the DoSomething Award, including Educate!’s executive director, Eric Glustrom.

Educate! celebrates its seventh anniversary, April 3, 2009: Educate! celebrates its anniversary in 2009, marking seven years of empowering the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa.

Educate! Scholarship Student gives closing remarks for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, February 17, 2009: Joseph Munyambanza, one of Educate!’s first Scholarship Students, recently spoke at the African Leadership Academy’s Grand Opening Ceremony on Feb 6 and 7 in South Africa. Munyambanza was given the honor of reading a closing poem after Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s keynote address and met Tutu and Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s wife. 

The Educate! Experience, December 5, 2008: Educate!’s groundbreaking leadership and mentoring program, the Educate! Experience, will empower 375 students across Uganda to become socially responsible leaders starting March 1, 2009. 

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