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Julie Caldwell - Founder & CEO


About Julie:

Julie Caldwell has dedicated the past 28 years to working with youth leaders and local communities and world-changing organizations around the world to build sustainable programs that empower young people. In 1999, Julie received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to distill her experience into policy recommendations and to create a comprehensive map of the national youth development landscape.

For over 24 months, Julie traveled across the country meeting with national policy leaders in community youth development, seeing these leaders in action and seeking to understand how their approaches were producing measurable results in the lives of young people. Since that time, she has expanded her work and research globally. The result of this work is a comprehensive map of what infrastructure is in place to support young people---and more importantly, what infrastructure is desperately needed.

Julie has over 20 years of experience as a motivational speaker whose award winning presentation, “Being a Leader of Your Own Life” won the golden apple award at the National Educational Film Festival voted on by student judges. In the course of her work she has traveled the globe from New York to Amsterdam to Singapore engaging young people to take action. Her clients include the United Nations, International Association of Volunteer Efforts, Youth Service America and thousands of national and state youth leadership organizations in the United States.

Julie is the founder of Emerging Futures Youth Network, for which she won the Youth Service America social entrepreneur award for her Peer Mentoring curriculum and training program and the Omidyar Network Community Favorite award for advancing social networking and open source technology development. She received awards from United Parcel Services and the Annie E Casey Foundation for her training program engaging older youth to mentor younger youth. Most recently she has worked with The Mongolian Department of Social Welfare organizing a tour in the United States for their Social Service Directors setting up the first ever Department of Human Services in Mongolia.

(2013) --- Painted and installed the Universal Peace Wheel in Elko Peace Park

(2012) --- Hosted 22 Emerging Futures Youth Network Ambassadors from 19 countries for an eight month peace program that resulted in a live stream broadcast from Uganda on International Peace Day.

Over the last decade, Julie has personally raised over $1,000,000 various charitable projects. She served as board member for the National Council of Self-Esteem, Raising Nevada and Friends of Elko Peace Park. Julie facilitated a community wide appreciative inquiry project that resulted in the building a community park which received local, state and federal funding due to its model of engaging citizens as partners with city government. The project won the Nevada Arts Council award and was recognized for best landscape design by the National Endowment of the Arts. Julie lives with her husband Dave in beautiful Ashland, Oregon and is the proud grandmother of 3 boys (one, three, and nine years old).