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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.

  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Inc

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Wyandanch, NY

    Serving the following number of individuals on a monthly basis:
    550 children ages 0-17
    630 adults ages 18-59
    35 seniors ages 60+

    Magazines Requested: Magazines for a wide age range of readers on topics such as cooking, women’s health, automobiles, teen trends, kids magazines etc.

  • 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

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

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