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First Dollar: Bring Social Entrepreneurship to Under-Privileged Youth

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Doug Greig and Robert Rodine, inspired by their work and service at Boston College, have worked with entrepreneurs and youth workers alike to develop First Dollar, a two- month summer program that helps young teens harness the natural creativity of youth and channel into business ideas, enhancing their education and uplifting their communities in the process.

Social Entrepreneurship is a relatively new concept gaining traction in the business world. New ventures are looking beyond profit alone, and focusing on the actual impact their business has on the lives of their fellow man. Popular brands have adopted philosophies of philanthropy, like the trendy "TOMS" shoe, which provides footwear to impoverished children and families around the world with the proceeds of its shoe sales.

At First Dollar, our goal is to bring this idea of creative and practical problems solving to under served children in Boston, helping them hone the skills necessary to create thriving businesses that will uplift entire families and neighborhoods. The kids own their own projects, First Dollar serves as a guide and resource, giving them an opportunity to take pride and ownership of their success. First Dollar is not about handouts. First Dollar is about laying a foundation to for real community growth, through the power and creative spirit of entrepreneurship.

Although already partially funded by a Boston College grant, Rob and Doug will need additional funds to give their students what they really deserve. Funds raised will help pay for T-shirts, food, events, field trips, and guest speakers that will give students the tools they need to succeed on their own.



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