University of British Columbia graduates hoping to change the world are getting a little help from their alma mater through an innovative new story sharing platform.
The website, your evolution, allows alumni, staff and faculty to share their charitable projects with UBC’s community of 300,000 alumni. The community can vote for projects to receive additional promotional support and discover ways to get involved and collaborate.
“your evolution is a great way of showing what our alumni are doing to change their world. The response has far surpassed our expectations,” says Jeff Todd, executive director of the UBC Alumni Association. “It is inspiring to hear about these great initiatives and how our alumni can get involved with them through your evolution.”
Since the website launched at the beginning of April, more than 100 projects have been submitted, addressing issues such as food security, early literacy, hearing loss, and gender empowerment. Projects submitted by April 30 are entered into a contest with the project receiving the most votes winning a professionally produced promotional video.
The frontrunners for the promotional video prize are:
This program makes tutoring services available to help Lower Mainland children improve academic skills, self-esteem, and attitude toward learning. The network was founded by alumna Dr. Alisa Lipson, a pediatrician and clinical assistant professor at UBC, and alumna Dr. Alison Lee, a pediatric resident at UBC. More information about the program is here.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Parents and families can become overwhelmed with grief following the death of a child. Jens Locher, the manager of web strategy and student recruitment in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is working with other members of the UBC community who have lost children to build awareness and promote October 15 as a day of remembering. More information about the project is here.
The your evolution website was created as part of UBC’s start an evolution campaign, the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian history.