BSC Partner Event: UpStart with Tanyella Evans + Echoing Green



Come to Echoing Green’s UpStart, hosted in partnership with Be Social Change on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. Join a moderated conversation with Echoing Green Fellow Tanyella Evans on the role of technology as a tool for inclusive and quality education, the future of philanthropy and more.

Knowledge is a human right. But while the global illiteracy rate has fallen over the past decade, millions around the world–including 250 million children–remain unable to read and write. Part of the solution is to make it easier to get books into classrooms.

Today, 95 percent of the world’s population is covered by cellular networks, and access to mobile devices is increasing. Library for All, co-founded by Echoing Green Fellow Tanyella Evans, developed a low-cost digital library platform to bring ebooks and cloud-based libraries to communities in Haiti, DRC, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Mongolia – making Library For All well on its way to ensuring everyone has access to knowledge.

Don’t miss Echoing Green’s UpStart, hosted in partnership with Be Social Change on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Join a moderated conversation with Tanyella on the role of technology as a tool for inclusive and quality education, the future of philanthropy and more.

Come for the bold ideas and stay for networking and refreshments with the socially-inclined and curious.


6:30 PM – Doors Open & Networking7:00 PM – Program begins at 7pm sharp7:40 PM – Q&A8:00 PM – Closing & Networking



Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Library For All

Tanyella Evans is the Co-Founder and CEO at Library For All, a tech nonprofit that has built a cloud-based digital library and platform to make knowledge accessible to communities in the developing world. Tanyella has experience in social entrepreneurship and international development, through the lens of education and culture. Prior to Library For All, Tanyella lived and worked as a teacher in Uganda, and trained at the Campaign for Female Education in the UK. As Executive Director of Artists for Peace and Justice, Tanyella led a team to establish a school that is now serving over 2,000 students on the edge of one of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was the search for a scalable solution to the lack of access to educational materials that led Tanyella to meet her co-founder Rebecca, and launch Library For All in 2012. Tanyella is a recipient of a United World College scholarship to Lester B. Pearson College, and graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the UK.



For 30 years, Echoing Green has unleashed next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. These leaders spend their lives working with purpose, define their generations, and make society better.Echoing Green continues to build a global community of more than 700 emerging leaders who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, and hundreds more. Through our Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, we unleash unexpected potential by tracking down the best and the brightest leaders, bringing them together, and launching them on a path to success. We drive positive social change further, faster. Learn more at


Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City empowering people from all sectors and industries to build purpose-driven careers, businesses, and lives. Through year-round professional development classes, networking events, panel discussions, peer mentorship, and resource-sharing tools, Be Social Change helps people accelerate their careers and grow their social impact. You can learn more at



Alley is an entrepreneurial hub, where teams and individuals can grow their businesses surrounded by like minded people, and work collaboratively in a supportive environment. Additionally, our members take advantage of outstanding networking opportunities and special events hosted by Alley, such as speaker series with Angel Investors and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as hackathons and sponsored happy hours. Our aim is to help our start-ups bridge the gap between their innovative ideas and stable business establishment. This is where human talent, ingenuity, and sourcing capital come together. Learn more at



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