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Profile of a Social Entrepreneur: YouthBuild

By Nell Edgington



Social entrepreneurial organization YouthBuild rebuilds lives and communities by helping disadvantaged youth work toward a high school diploma or GED while they build affordable housing for their community.  They are simultaneously solving two problems facing communities across the country:  poverty and homelessness in an innovative way.  And they’ve seen great results.  In the 14 years they’ve been in operation, YouthBuild has worked with 76,000 kids to build 17,000 housing units in 226 of the country’s poorest communities.  And they have grand growth plans.  They want 50,000 youth enrolled in their program each year.  It’s an impressive story.  Watch this Skoll Foundation Uncommon Heroes video about them:

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About the Author: Nell Edgington is President of Social Velocity (www.socialvelocity.net), a management consulting firm leading nonprofits to greater social impact and financial sustainability. Social Velocity helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively. For more information, check out Social Velocity consulting services and clients.

Monday, December 15th, 2008 Innovators, Social Entrepreneurship

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