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Sixto Cancel

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2019

United States

By transforming the way thousands of young people age out of foster care, Sixto Cancel is transforming the overall child welfare and foster care system itself. He’s doing this by hacking the case management system to not only put young people in charge, but to use the data he gleans from successful...

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Laura Emiko Soltis

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

United States

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis leads a modern-day freedom school for undocumented youth where students receive free college-level classes, college application assistance, and the social movement leadership training they need to determine the course of their own freedom struggle. Against a backdrop of...

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François Taddéi

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2010


François Taddéi is breaking away from the elitist, top-down, and conservative model of the French education system that fails to prepare students to innovate and meet the complex challenges of a changing world. François is reinventing high school and college science education and laying the ground...

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Jaílson de Souza e Silva

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2006


Jaílson de Souza e Silva grew up in one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous slums, or favelas, is working to link academic research on slum life to the many plans and policies that try to improve slum conditions.

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