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Ballard Center 2015-16 Annual Report

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1 January 2017 Dear Changemakers, Leading up to and after this year's presidential election I've heard a number of people talking about the world and its problems. It has been easy to see world events through a negative lens. However, sitting where I sit, I am surrounded by optimism. The students involved with the Ballard Center and the Peery Program exude optimism toward the world because they recognize that they can be part of solving social problems. The Ballard Center and the Peery Program exist to help students learn to solve social problems. The Fourth Aim of a BYU Education mentions that "BYU should produce careful readers, prayerful thinkers, and active participants in solving family, professional, religious, and social problems." A student connecting with the Ballard Center has a wide range of activities to become involved with. Most of the students participate in one of these three areas: In order to understand all of the options available at the Ballard Center today, students are encouraged to have an advisement session to help map out the different possibilities. In this annual report you will read stories of these students and our alumni applying principles of social innovation to solve social problems. There are a hundred more such stories. I remain committed to providing great learning opportunities for our students as they engage in our Do Good Better mission. Thank you so much for your continuing support of the Ballard Center and Peery Program to make all of this possible! Sincerely, Todd Manwaring Director & Associate Teaching Professor Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program BYU Marriott School of Management 5 Classes Internships Competitions We offer nine classes to undergraduate and graduate students on differing aspects of social impact. We support both on-campus and off-campus internships. We have six different competitions going on simultaneously.

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