Creating Social Service Entrepeneurs
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
48Trip End Dec 31, 2012
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The Tufts students in attendance are participants in "The Compass Fellowship", a dynamic two-year program that enables fifteen freshmen to become social entrepreneurs. Their mentor, Gillian Javetski, describes the program: "Through a unique personal development and social business training program, Fellows interact with CEOs, bestselling authors, and start-up innovators, they receive mentorship and guidance from upperclassmen students and entrepreneurs from the community, they are connected to internship opportunities in areas of passion, and they receive access to funding so that they each can launch their own social business ventures
Gilian served as an OLPC intern last summer, and arranged the rare opportunity for the students to get a tour of OLPC's Cambridge Center office, and an introduction to OLPC. The students were unfamiliar with the XO and very curious! Marina gave an interesting presentation, the context of OLPC and her work on what motivates volunteers to give their time and money to social organizations. Why should/do we volunteer, and for what, over the course of our lives?
Marina explained the results of volunteer surveys and spoke about the importance of creating the volunteer community for such organizations.
Using our incredible new OLPC map, at http://olpcmap.net/ as an example, the students learned about the "worldwide interactive geosocial network" that volunteers have created for Sugar and the XO
Thanks as always go to Adam Holt, our extraordinary and dedicated OLPC Volunteer Coordinator, for everything he does! Adam hosted the evening, provided refreshments and donated a RARE red XO to be awarded one student. Tufts freshman, Nick Santangelo won the red XO by asking a tough question about whether XOs could help Native American children in the USA, and with his convincing promise that the red XO will be used often by his young cousins.
By Thursday morning, the torrential rains had stopped. Spring is visibly on its way to Boston even though we have no signs of it yet in a few hours north, in New Hampshire. I had a lovely morning walk before heading home!