What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The power of story seems to resonate with everyone. We're just getting started, & local US based inner-city schools are excited about us helping them build programs for their schools. We begin our first class in Cincinnati in April.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We want to raise $50,000/year to fund education for at-risk youth. In the third world, that will fund >1,000 kids education for a year. After year three, and we grow to to $100,000/year, we want to build a school each year.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
We're part-time volunteers who started this non-profit. We want to move full-time in the next three years. We need seed money and first we're using our pilot to prove a successful model. From there, we are looking for corporate sponsorship, grants, and permanent funding to ramp-up.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
2 successful pilot workshops: 1 in the US and 1 in the Philippines touching 30-40 kids in 2 partner schools
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Put 500 kids through our program and 10 partner schools in network
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
I'm a 2nd generation Filipino American & a son to immigrants. I visited the Philippines once as a small boy, & it took me 28 yrs to go back to trace my roots. In 2010 I took my parents home to get a glimpse of the country of my ancestors through their eyes.
My mother was a school teacher & her side had successfully built schools in the same neighborhood she grew up outside Manila, now educating hundreds each year. Meanwhile, my father's village has remained in virtual time capsule since he left 50+ yrs ago. Dad was the 2nd youngest of 10 growing up an island of sugarcane farmers. More importantly, he was the 1st of his generation to ever break away & go to college.
Just outside my father's childhood home, a shanty, with no running water or electricity, I watched my cousin climb a 30 ft coconut tree. Then, I realized that my father's decision to leave changed the arc of my story some 50 yrs ago. It was now time to use my skills as a corporate trainer on leadership & storytelling.