Four Projects won a total Laker Effect Purse of $5,000!

“DECA Blazers: Youth Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship & Innovation”
Zee Kandanga, Ben Parsell, Luciano Hernandez, and Shorouq Almallah, all of Center for Entrepreneurship, Seidman College of Business/Innovation with Innovation Central High School

Harrison Park Uniform Project:
Steven Sholten, Liberal Studies with Harrison Park Elementary & Middle School

Cultivating the Garden of Eatin’: The Greenhouse Initiative
K'mystry Taylor-Jackson, Erika Vanderlaan, Ines Koenig, Nadia Bowman, Rachel Wayne, Belinda Fordjour, Jonathan DeVries, K’mystry Taylor-Jackson, Elaine Jarzeboski  & Dr. Lori Houghton-Rahrig  Kirkhof College of Nursing in collaboration with The Other Way Ministries

Ride Your Way, LLC: Non-Emergent Medical Transportation
Thomas and Brandyn Sikkema, Kirkhof College of Nursing and Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation

By public vote 3 posters were awarded a total of $500.

Crush Collateral Consequences,  Yushonda Noble, New life Counseling Center and 70 x 7 Ministries

Teen impact, Liza Felix, Mercy Health

Successful Parenting Support Group, Kari Allen

The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of collective impact of the GVSU community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. Lakers are driven by our passion for learning and using knowledge for the common good. We make a difference by focusing on others and making lasting contributions.

Submission should be from individuals or groups at GVSU working in collaboration with a community partner. Projects should be aimed at solving a real problem, and demonstrate leadership and advocacy aimed at shaping the future. The projects with the top votes will be invited to present their idea in five minutes, and all submitters will be invited to participate in a poster competition on Challenge day (April 12). 

Presentation winners will split a financial award of $5,000. The winning poster will receive $500


Are you a GVSU faculty, staff, student, alum, seeking to make a difference in your community? Do you have a great idea you need funded? A research project? A collaborative project?

Hope Academy

Nate Colvin

Submission Dates

Submissions Open: February 14 to March 2, 2018

Voting Opens: March 5 to March 14, 2018

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018 

Presenters Announced: March 16, 2018

Challenge Day: April 12, 2018, doors open at 5:30pm (Eberhard Center)

Additional Challenge Links

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