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Red Bull Announces Final Participants for First-Ever U.S. Social Entrepreneur Program

Sexual violence, food deserts, education equality, public transportation, and gender equality are just some of the issues being addressed by the social innovators selected for the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a global program for social entrepreneurs - taki

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/17 -- Editors Note: There are two images and a video associated with this press release.

Hundreds of people from across the country applied and only a few were hand selected to be a part of the first-ever U.S. Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a social entrepreneurship program that aims to bring together and uplift individuals who are using their talent and energy to tackle social issues in their community. Today the select group of individuals - bios below - were announced and on August 10 they will make their way to Baltimore, MD for a 10-day immersion of lectures, storytelling workshops, collaboration sessions, coaching clinics, and business simulations all hosted by some of the country's leading change makers.

"I'm a passionate person who funnels my experiences into creating solutions and opportunities; I'm about action, results and more importantly, positive impact," said Brittany Young, a 2017 Red Bull Amaphiko Academy participant and founder of B-360 Baltimore, a community partnership creating an avenue for students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using dirt-bikes. "I want everyone to see that small good deeds can lead to large impacts and positive changes."

Along with the 10-day residency, Red Bull Amaphiko Academy will host a slate of free public events for the larger Baltimore community. Events range from art exhibitions, musical performances, and poetry readings to evenings exploring healthy and mindful lifestyles in the city including a roller skating night at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center. The Academy will culminate with the Red Bull Amaphiko Festival highlighting the social innovation projects of the Academy participants as well as performances, pop-up booths, and interactive activities for the general public. The current line-up of free public events is below and can also be found on http://www.redbullamaphiko.com.

--  Red Bull Amaphiko Academy Open House and Gallery Show - August 14, 7pm,
    Eubie Blake Cultural Center
    --  Come see inside the Academy, including "What We Learn While
        Waiting," Conversations with the Greatest City in America exhibition
        by Malaika Aminata Clements, Shan Wallace, LieAnne Navarro and the
        people of Baltimore City. The evening will also feature a Made In
        Baltimore pop-up shop opening, art, poetry, and complimentary food &

--  BALANCED with Brown and Healthy - August 15, 6pm, Shake & Bake Family
    Fun Center
    --  A special evening exploring healthy and mindful lifestyles in the
        city featuring meditation, yoga, dance, healthy food, and

--  THE MEDICINE SHOW with Be Free Fridays - August 17, 7:30pm, Arena
    --  An entertaining and inspiring night of storytelling with poets,
        comedians, musicians and more exploring the ideas at the forefront
        of "what's next" in social innovation.

--  RED BULL AMAPHIKO FESTIVAL with Impact Hub Baltimore - August 20, 3pm,
    Station North
    --  The Red Bull Amaphiko Festival is a celebration of creativity,
        community, and innovative solutions to some of the social challenges
        facing U.S. communities today. There will be a series of social
        innovation projects on display from the 2017 Red Bull Amaphiko
        Academy participants as well as musical guests, interactive art
        installations, guest speakers, discussions and more.

--  RSVPs for all events can be made at http://www.redbullamaphiko.com

Red Bull Amaphiko Academy will take place at the renowned Eubie Blake Cultural Center in the Mt. Vernon part of Baltimore August 10-20. The well-known community space allows the public to explore the city's musical Jazz heritage and celebrate Baltimore artists. Throughout the year visitors can view exhibitions of local and national visual artists, attend live concerts, and participate in cultural arts classes, workshops and clinics.

"The Red Bull Amaphiko program is about people creating in order to help and serve others. The Eubie Blake Cultural Center shares a similar mission and because of this common goal it made perfect sense to have Eubie Blake as the home of the inaugural U.S. Academy," said Troy Burton, Director of Eubie Blake Cultural Center. "We're thrilled to be a part of another impactful community program and to continue to positively influence the future of this great city of Baltimore."

"Amaphiko" translates to "wings" in Zulu, an official language in the program's origin country, South Africa. Red Bull Amaphiko Academies have taken place five times across the world since 2014 - three times in South Africa and twice in Brazil - and have supported more than 100 social ventures globally. To learn more about the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy in Baltimore, please visit this link or view this brief introductory video.


--  Amanda Brinkman (New Orleans, LA) is the founder of Google Ghost, an
    online platform that makes and sells responsibly produced goods for and
    by women. Their products are created in ethical working conditions,
    which means no sweatshops, domestic production, and recyclable shipping
    materials. Their mission is to expand women's significant contributions
    to our shared history and shape how young women tell their stories in
    the future.

--  Amy Kaherl (Detroit, MI) is the founder of Detroit SOUP, a micro-
    granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit.
    While eating dinner, attendees listen to presentations about social
    impact initiatives. Then they vote on which project they think will
    benefit the city most and their five-dollar donations get pooled
    together and given to one initiative. Winners come back to a future SOUP
    dinner to report on their project's progress.

    As of 2016, SOUP events have hosted over 150 dinners, and raised
    $130,000 that went directly to community projects.

--  Brittany Young (Baltimore, MD) is the founder of B-360, a community
    partnership dedicated to changing the perception of engineers and dirt
    bike riders by creating an avenue for students to learn about STEM
    (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) using dirt-bikes.

    B-360 uses dirt bike culture as a platform to repair and build
    relationships in the community, uncover new and different career
    opportunities, give and enhance career skills, advocate, provide safe
    spaces, and leverage the STEM gap and uniting all of Baltimore in a safe
    and fun way.

--  Brittni Kellom (Detroit, MI) is the founder of Just Speak, an
    organization that offers services to sexual abuse victims. It provides
    legal advocates, psychological and medical resources and support from
    other survivors as well as safe and professional forensic interviewing
    in partnership with the judicial system within one facility.

    Their mission is to empower every young survivor of child sexual abuse,
    sexual assault, and emotional/physical abuse within a safe space to
    share stories and collaborate in a way that leads to their involvement
    in the community as advocates.

--  C. Harvey (Baltimore, MD) is the founder of Baltimore's Gifted, an
    organization that seeks to address the exploitation of black youth
    artists by nonprofits and predominately white institutions, and youth

    The initiative is designed to serve as an entrepreneurial tool and
    digital platform that allows young people to showcase and sell their
    original visual art as well as art-derived apparel and reproductions
    while learning career skills in a real-world setting.

--  Chad Cherry (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is a chef and founder of Refresh Live,
    focused on developing community education and empowerment programs to
    combat food disparity, address food deserts, and bring a farm-to-table
    and organic lifestyle to income-challenged areas.

    Through a combination of education, lifestyle, and delicious food
    services, his goal is to change people's relationship, knowledge, and
    experiences around food.

--  Changa Bell (Baltimore, MD) is the founder of BMYI (The Black Male Yoga
    Initiative) (http://www.bmyi.org/), an organization founded to further
    the health interests of Black males worldwide. They provide training,
    informational products, workshops, and retreats to help Black men of all
    ages to become aware, engaged and empowered in mindfulness, meditation
    and yoga so that they may live lives of peace, calm and optimal health.

    In addition, BMYI trains yoga teachers to actively lead their
    communities and organizations by first leading themselves.

--  Dominic Nell (Baltimore, MD) started his City Weeds microgreens business
    in 2017, selling at the Fresh at the Avenue stand at the Avenue Market
    in Baltimore and teaching students about microgreens in city schools.
    Dovecote Cafe recently signed on as his first restaurant client, and
    he's currently looking for more partners to support his budding

    Nell partners with fellow School of Food student Juan Nance, owner of
    Healthy People Juice, to incorporate his greens into Nance's juice line.
    The two have collaborated on flavors like the green juice "Kale Yeah."

--  Eli Erlick (Sebastopol, CA) is the co-founder of Trans Student
    Educational Resources, a youth-led organization dedicated to
    transforming the educational environment for trans and gender-
    nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

    She is a former student media ambassador and a current National Advisory
    Council member for GLSEN as well as a former Youth Advisory Council
    member for The Trevor Project. She has been recognized internationally
    by Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and numerous other publications for her
    organizing. Her work and writing has been featured in the New York
    Times, Time Magazine, and NPR among dozens of outlets.

--  Jon Dengler (Tampa, FL) is the founder of Well Built Bikes, a bike shop
    that provides access to affordable bikes and workshops, ranging from
    repairs to safety.

    A need for sustainable affordable transportation is something that
    transcends economic boundaries and provides common ground for all. By
    accessing bikes that would have been considered garbage, as well as
    donations from supportive neighbors, Well Built Bikes ensures all people
    who need a bike are able to own one.

--  Muhammad Najeeullah (Baltimore, MD) is the founder of The Pop Up Robot
    Gaming Grounds (PURGG) Project, an interactive robotic gaming system
    designed to engage and introduce the youth of Baltimore to STEAM-related
    education, careers and entrepreneurs.

--  Matthew Kincaid (New Orleans, LA) is the founder of Overcoming Racism,
    an organization that seeks to build more equitable institutions, through
    comprehensive race and equity training.

    With a primary focus on education, Overcoming Racism equips educators
    with the tools to build culturally responsive schools and classrooms,
    that promote the development of the next generation of anti-racist
    agents of change.

--  Marisa Hamamato (Los Angeles, CA) is the founder of Infinite Flow, an
    organization whose mission is to mass market inclusion through dance and
    innovation. They are also America's first professional wheelchair
    ballroom dance company.

    Infinite Flow is dedicated to increasing access to quality dance
    instruction for people with disabilities in inclusive environments and
    building a world-class professional dance company, which includes
    dancers with and without disabilities, as a vehicle to break stereotypes
    and perceived barriers.

--  Walker Marsh (Baltimore, MD) is the farmer and founder of Tha Flower
    Factory, a repurposed empty half-acre lot located in the Broadway East
    neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Its mission is to grow high quality
    sustainable flowers and herbs, promote green entrepreneurship, be a
    steward for the environment, provide experience-based training to others
    and raise the consciousness of the community.

About Red Bull Amaphiko

Red Bull Amaphiko supports social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their community and aims to inspire a broad audience to do the same. This global program includes development programs and tools, such as Academies and workshops, digital know-how and resources for social entrepreneurs; as well as events and programs which connects them to a supportive community and contributors who bring in the skills, resources, time; and a world-wide network of like-minded individuals reflected in an online community. It enables producing and spreading stories through an online magazine, various Red Bull channels and broader media.

The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy will begin in Baltimore, MD this August.

Red Bull Content Pool

Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made immediately available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile and digital. The content is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcontentpool.com.

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