Working for the future

A new buzzword in educational circles, as Nicolas Kristof tells us in the New York Times, is social entrepreneurship. This movement involves a number of young people who do hands-on work to help others in the world. Projects include innovations such as starting a non-profit group to help AIDS orphans in Africa to attend school and projecting free movies in small Mexican towns for people too poor to pay the price at a theater. The spirit that made the Peace Corps such a force for good in the world forty years ago has not died, but these new projects are self-directed by young people themselves. At this time when we are going through a contentious presidential campaign, it’s good to know that some young citizens do more than vote for someone else to lead them–they step up and take on the tasks themselves. It’s inspiring to read about them.

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