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Beloit College Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Distrupt Poverty talk

Our literacy journey continued last night with this Disrupt Poverty talk at the amazing Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education in Beloit (CELEB).  This tech start-up, art, media, maker, co-working space is staffed by a group of passionate young entrepreneurs and stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to rock our world – in a good way.

Disrupt Poverty 

Touching tens of millions of Americans and billions worldwide, poverty is big – but we can be bigger. The solution is disarmingly simple: feed people and teach them to read – one person, one family, one reader at a time. As a good friend – Kathleen DiChiara founder of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey likes to say (she started to feed hungry neighbors out of the 20 square foot trunk of her car and recently gave me tour of her 285,000 square-foot food bank in a golf cart): – FIO – figure it out.

There is an age old question: To help a hungry person, should you give them a fish, or teach them to fish. It’s a fool’s question.  The answer is both – you need to feed a person, so they have the strength to learn to fish.  Feed them and then teach them to read.

The longest journeys to the greatest places happen one step at a time, but you need to take a first step, then another to get there.

Walk with us to change the world – one magazine, one reader at a time.

  • Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serves: Students from 4th to 12th grade
    Needs: Magazines for 36 students year round
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines about nature, sports, education, travel, or wildlife

  • Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center

    501(c)(3) Charity, Family Resource Center
    160 bilingual children per month ranging from a 1st to 6th grade reading level
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Needs: 160 magazines
    Magazines Requested: any nature magazines, any sports magazines, any leadership magazines, any education magazines, any travel magazines and any appropriate entertainment magazines.

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

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