BYU center for self-reliance named after Elder Melvin J. Ballard

by | May 04, 2010

News from Utah

BYU has renamed its Center for Economic Self-Reliance after an apostle who helped to implement the LDS Church's welfare program. Elder Melvin J. Ballard was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve during the Great Depression and directed the organization, which was then called the Security Program.

Since then, the welfare program has grown into an organization that helps millions of people each year through long-term sustainable efforts.

The newly named Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, housed in BYU's Marriot School of Management, was started in 2003 with the goals to alleviate poverty by focusing on self-reliance, provide an economic self-reliance model and provide research on self-reliance.

The two major areas of focus include Business Solutions for Development Initiative, which encompasses micro franchising and Single Mom Initiative, to help identify the economic challenges faced by single women and provide better resources.

The center's recent renaming was a tribute to Elder Ballard for his work as a social innovator and advocate for the poor, according to BYU.

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