RADIUS SFU launches third cohort of Fellows in Radical Doing
By Kamilah Charters-Gabanek
RADIUS SFU, a social innovation lab and venture incubator, welcomed its third fellowship cohort of young innovators from across Vancouver earlier this week.
Once a week from January until June, the cohort of ‘Radical Doers’ will gather together at SFU’s Charles Chang Innovation Centre to connect with mentors and coaches, and strengthen their skills for creating impactful innovation.
The Fellowship program, supported by SFU Sustainability Office, RECODE, SFU Innovates, and the Vancouver Foundation, aims to build and strengthen connections between young people within Vancouver’s social innovation community.
The program focuses on professional and personal development, supporting young innovators at pivotal points in their lives and equipping them with the tools to create deep social impact and pursue work with purpose.
“I have left the Fellowship program with both tools and resources to help me with my next steps, but more importantly, I’m leaving with a wonderful community of individuals who I admire and respect and are my biggest supporters,” says a 2016 Fellow.
The 2017 cohort brings together changemakers from diverse fields including mental health, education, filmmaking, urban sustainability, youth engagement, and refugee resettlement. They have studied at SFU, across the country, and around the globe.
“We were absolutely blown away by the number and caliber of applications we received for the fellowship,” says Tamara Connell, manager, Fellowship Program.
“The 2017 cohort is an incredible collection of local changemakers and we look forward to amplifying their work and positive impact across the region.”
Past fellows have gone on to launch and strengthen projects such as Repair Matters, a community-focused repair program aimed at sustainability; LEDlab, a collaborative program that identifies solutions to help inner city residents improve their economic independence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Mavrixx, a social enterprise that empowers youth and young adults to pursue positive mental health.
For more information on the 2017 RADIUS SFU cohort, you can read their bios here.