Hi Vanessa and everyone in the group!
If you weren't able to tell from my greeting, this is my introduction to the group.
Priority #1 - convert un(der)employed college graduates into founders/CEOs of social enterprises.
Priority #2 - utilize the new founders from #1 as mentors to current undergraduate students. Undergraduate students begin developing their own social enterprise idea as they matriculate.
Priority #3 - approx one year later I want to close the loop - bring together the undergraduates from #2 and the graduates from #1 and ask them to build a mentorship program for all high school students beginning at age 16. If there is mentorship program already in place then they will use their time to reinforce existing infrastructure, or perhaps supplement existing programs, or if they come up with another idea it may very well be just as acceptable.
In a nutshell, the issues I am most passionate about are social problems. I want to teach people how to solve social problems by carving out a place for themselves in the economy as the founder of a social enterprise.
We can either build a homeless shelter, or we can build a startup with homeless people as our co-founders. I'm willing to bet a homeless person knows more about what it's like to be homeless than anyone else with means. Startups solve problems. It's important to me that we start solving really big problems.
It may sound optimistic. Romantic, even.
However, if we're able to successfully guide a student to rediscover her humanity then half the battle is over. Not really sure if it's "half" the battle, but some portion of the battle is over!
Where am I? I live in Princeton, NJ. I was born in Morristown, NJ. Grew up in Chester, NJ.
Who do I admire? A person who is born into poverty only to break through the glass ceiling because there's nobody in this world who's going to get in her way. Once she gets to where she is going she does not rest on her laurels. Rather, she reaches back to the same community that tried to breed her into a gap of no achievement.
Whoever she is, I definitely admire her.
Thanks for listening