October 13, 2008
Recent College Grads Forego Money and Careers to Start Nonprofits Focused on Outreach
Today's Washington Post (For This Generation, Vocations of Service) reports that several recent college graduates, rather than pursuing regular careers and money-making opportunities, are engaging in social entrepreneurship, a movement in which people launch nonprofit or business ventures to address systemic problems in impoverished areas. These graduates -- most in their 20s or early 30s -- are leveraging business partnerships, grants and donations for their own initiatives to do good in the world. The Post reports that
In recent years, young people have started Orphans Against AIDS, a group that provides educational funding in a half-dozen countries for those left orphaned by HIV/AIDS; the Genocide Intervention Network, which, among other lobbying activities, funds civilian protection initiatives in areas of ongoing atrocities; and AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad), which gives insulin to diabetes sufferers in Latin America.
Well done, young people!
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