It has been said that 90% of success is just showing up, and while that might be a slight exaggeration, it is a big part of it, especially when it comes to school. Yet, up to one-third of student populations in high-poverty urban areas are chronically absent. When my next guest observed that and the impact it had on things like graduation rates, she decided to do something about it. And that was the start of the social venture called Kinvolved.
One of the most important things we can do to promote the health of global society is to work with young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who’ve gotten off track, and help them get back on it. An organization that has an exceptional track record for successfully doing this is YouthBuild, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, the Chief Executive Officer of YouthBuild USA, John Valverde. Good evening, John and welcome to The Business of Giving.
My next guest believes that we are all innately musical. He also believes, like so many of us, that the way music education has disappeared from many of our public schools is tragic. But unlike many of us, he’s done something about it. At first, with 30 first graders, and now he has helped restore and revitalize music education for more than 650,000 low-income children across the country. He is David Wish, the Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. Good evening Dave, and welcome to The Business of Giving.
In 1991, DREAM, then known as Harlem RBI, was founded by a group of volunteers that transformed a neglected garbage lot into two baseball diamonds in East Harlem. It took off from there. First, with after-school and summer programs, and then with the DREAM Charter School to become one of the most highly regarded programs for underserved youth in the nation. And here with us tonight to discuss how they did it is Richard Berlin, the Executive Director of DREAM. Good evening, Richard, and welcome to The Business of Giving.
Critical to a healthy democracy is an engaged and informed citizenry, and for most of us listening, that all began back in Civics class. But today, when 77% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 can’t name one US senator representing their state, it may be time to reimagine Civics class… which is precisely what Generation Citizen has done. It’s a pleasure to have with us their co-founder and CEO, Scott Warren.