FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ECHOING GREEN NAMES DC ENTREPRENEUR
MARK HECKER OF REACH INCORPORATED ONE OF
THE WORLD’S BEST EMERGING SOCIAL INNOVATORS OF 2011
Washington, DC – June 1, 2011 – Echoing Green, a leading network for next-generation social innovators, proudly announces its selection of Mark Hecker of Reach Incorporated as a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow – one of 22 named today’s boldest social change visionaries in the fields of human rights, health, and education, among others.
Reach Incorporated is a highly innovative literacy program that recruits and trains struggling adolescent readers to tutor DC elementary school students in need of additional support. The program launched this year at Hyde Leadership Public Charter School and will add a second site at Eastern Senior High School in the fall.
“I am honored to be an Echoing Green Fellow,” said Mr. Hecker. “During the competition’s Finalist Weekend, I was humbled by the innovative and inspiring people working to address the world’s most complex problems. I have no doubt that the support provided by the fellowship will help Reach build on our early success supporting struggling students in DC schools.”
The 2011 Echoing Green Fellows are launching a total of fifteen new nonprofit, for-profit and hybrid organizations to solve intractable social problems. Chosen based on a rigorous selection process from a pool of 2,854 applicants from over 100 countries, each venture will receive seed funding of up to $90,000 over two years, health insurance, strategic planning support, legal assistance, and financial modeling, as well as mentoring from Echoing Green’s network of alumni and other leading social change professionals.
In announcing the 2011 Echoing Green Fellows, Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, said, “Echoing Green’s 2011 Fellows are an inspiring group of pragmatic visionaries who, rather than accept the world as it is, see what it can be. It takes a village to raise a social entrepreneur. Help them bring their ideas to life, and further unleash their talent.”
Reach joins an impressive list of organizations built with the support of the Echoing Green Fellowship, including: Teach for America; City Year; College Summit; Public Allies; SKS Microfinance; The One Acre Fund; The Global Fund for Children; Share our Strength; and The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
About Reach Incorporated:
Reach Incorporated improves reading skills, across ages, by recruiting and training struggling adolescent readers to tutor in DC elementary schools. Through this innovative approach, we teach necessary work skills, facilitate literacy instruction in a stigma-free environment, and provide a needed service in a resource-efficient manner. www.reachincorporated.org.
About Mark Hecker:
Hecker is a former DC social worker, once named Outstanding Social Worker of the Year by the Consortium for Child Welfare. Inspired by his interaction with DC schools and students, Hecker developed Reach Incorporated while a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The idea won the 2009 Harvard Educational Enterprise Innovation Competition.
About Echoing Green
Echoing Green unleashes next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Echoing Green is a nonprofit social venture fund that identifies, invests in, and supports some of the world’s best emerging social entrepreneurs—society’s change agents. Because we believe human capital is the most important asset class, and understand the difficulties faced by social innovators who challenge the status quo with bold ideas for a better world, Echoing Green invests deeply in these next generation change agents as well as works to create an ecosystem around them that supports and celebrates social innovation as a high-impact strategy for social change.
To learn more about Echoing Green, visit www.echoinggreen.org.