Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.
People from outside still look at me strangely when I tell them I moved to Detroit. "There's not much in Detroit, is there?" They say. They don't get that that's the point. I moved to Detroit because the city is full of empty spaces, just waiting for me -- for us -- to fill them up.
We are pleased to announce the astonishing results: JobRaising raised over $1,500,000 to help put Americans back to work -- more than $1,200,000 of that through CrowdRise alone. And yet, the Challenge was about more than just the numbers.
One of my mentors once said to me, "It takes at least four or five years to see if a company is going to work. Generally more. If you're really fast, maybe you can get a sense of where things are going by the end of Year Three."
So far in Ohio and other fly-over states, emerging models of public-private partnerships are yielding encouraging returns, and programs such as VFA recognize this progress and contribute to their growth.
For years, I was a perfect example of your typical over-achieving undergrad. Finance major. Investment Banker-to-be. I was driven, capable, and determined to be the best. And I was damn proud of it. Sound familiar?
Stories educate, persuade, impassion, anger, placate, and manipulate us. And there are almost no stories that are as important as the stories that we tell about ourselves. Which is why I chose Venture For America.
It's important to know that some problems lend themselves to for-profit solutions, and some lend themselves to non-profit solutions. The trick is balancing it so you can, to the extent possible, get the best of both worlds.
I firmly believe that renewing America's cities by facilitating important cultural convergences, restoring our cities into beacons of innovation, and investing in entrepreneurial talent will unlock this nation's true potential.