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Investing for Impact in Healthy Youth Development

Posted July 21, 2022

This summer marks the start of the AmFam Institute's fourth year of making investments into social impact startups. Three years ago, we brought our expertise and experience into “dimensioning” what…

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Kids coming back to Milwaukee Public Library after fines paid off

Posted May 19, 2022

Children's librarians at the Milwaukee Public Library say they are starting to see a number of kids come back after their fines were wiped out. The Equity in Education team…

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Youth On Their Own keeps students in school – and on track to graduate

Posted March 10, 2022

It sounds hard to fathom, but thousands of young people experience homelessness every day. While most aren’t sleeping on the street or in shelters, they’re still moving from place to…

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The Hispanic Promise: Si Se Puede

Posted March 1, 2022

I’ll never forget one of the first external events I attended as a new Community and Social Impact Director with American Family Insurance. It was the annual Latino Chamber of…

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Founder Wellness Initiative

Posted February 10, 2022

An open letter to our portfolio company founders and the startup community Founder Wellness We are excited to announce the next element of our platform and portfolio services focused on…

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Webinar features Jonathan Scott, filmmaker of “Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip” and BlocPower CEO

Posted November 19, 2021

Recently, we had the opportunity to bring together two people committed to helping make America's communities more resilient and to close equity gaps in the process.   American Family Insurance…

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The Power of Mentorship: A Generational Approach

Posted October 13, 2021

What is the power of mentorship? To the 12-hundred alumnae-student pairs who have been involved in Spelman College’s Sister 2 Sister (S2S) Professional Mentoring Program, the value could not be…

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Listening as a tool to learning when it comes to youth sustainability advocates

Posted July 23, 2021

During the course of our work convening a Youth Climate Collaborative, we've had the opportunity to hear from and listen to numerous young people about their hopes and dreams for…

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Partners in Progress: Regional events bring energy, inspiration to Youth Climate Collaborative

Posted June 30, 2021

"Inspired, excited, grateful, curious, thrilled, hopeful, and energized." These were the feelings described by me and other youth participants entering the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact’s…

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Helping the helpers: Let’s make sure the mental health community gets the support it needs

Posted May 19, 2021

There has been a lot discussed and debated about our individual and collective mental health over the last 14-plus months. It has led to headlines throughout the pandemic—on the lips…

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From the Outside to Working on the Inside: The “Why” of the Institute’s Climate Advocacy Work

Posted April 14, 2021

As a GenZ business student and climate and children’s rights advocate, I am constantly surrounded by like-minded youth voices who are motivated to make tangible change in the world around…

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gener8tor Art and the State Street muralists

Posted March 11, 2021

When you think of the BLM protests this summer, you probably conjure up images of protesters in the streets, but you probably also think of the imagery surrounding the protests…

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Institute invests in 12 mission-driven startups

Posted July 27, 2020

Social impact venture capital fund invests $11.1 million in first year Summary The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact has completed its first full year of venture capital…

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“The people who care about us”

Posted May 26, 2020

As we look back on our first full year of operation, we’re remembering a visit to our office earlier this school year. In attendance were the students in the Leadership…

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Kitchen provides foreign students with ingredients to succeed in America

Posted April 30, 2020

At the Emma’s Torch restaurant, aromas of “New American” dishes waft in the kitchen, cooked and served up by literal new Americans. From tamarind barbeque wings to black-eyed pea hummus,…

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