Introducing a New Blog Contributor

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Youth CITIES has drawn some very positive attention lately. Last month, Youth CITIES was selected to participate in an open source philanthropy event sponsored by TUGG (Technology Underwriting the Greater Good). We represented ourselves very well and had the opportunity to introduced the concept of our program to over 600 young professionals, most of whom work in technology-related fields in Greater Boston.  We ended up receiving some grant funding from TUGG as a result of the attendees votes! After the event, we received tons of positive feedback. Many people have expressed interest in learning more about Youth CITIES, and some have already volunteered to donate their time and expertise to helping our organization grow. One of our new fans is Mark Kampert, a student of sustainability, project manager, and Returned…
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Backwards approach to entrepreneurship

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In a recent campaign for youth entrepreneurship at the State House, I spoke briefly about what makes someone an entrepreneur. Lately, I’ve also been thinking a lot about how someone may discover that they are an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial tendencies arise due to a number of factors. These include personality traits, economic climate, and the environment/culture around them. I was raised in a fiscally-conservative family, where building a nest egg was a priority. When I had my first internship at Lockheed as a Graphics Illustrator at age 16, my mom had me put most of it in an IRA account. Whatever left over amount (beyond the maximum I could put in an IRA), well, my mom said I could do whatever I wanted with the money. I was 16....it was an…
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Join us at the Young Entrepreneurs Campaign

Join us at the Young Entrepreneurs Campaign

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Youth CITIES is actively supporting Ingrid Li’s campaign for youth entrepreneurship. Ingrid is an amazing Winchester High School student, and Founder of the Entrepreneurial Youth Society (EYS). EYS is dedicated to promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship among youth across America. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, feel free to drop by the State House (Nurse’s Hall) on July 25th at 10:30am. There will be a rotating list of speakers, followed by a networking reception. The State House speaker agenda includes the following: Representative Jason Lewis, District Winchester Representative Senator Katherine Clark, Vice-Chair of Committee on Small Business Representative Alice Peisch, Chair of Committee on Education Tim Rowe, CEO and Founder of Cambridge Innovation Center Vicky Wu Davis, Founder and Executive Director…
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Supporting Ingrid Li

Supporting Ingrid Li

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Youth CITIES is happy to support Ingrid Li on her youth entrepreneurship campaign at the State House on July 25th. Ingrid is a very passionate student at Winchester High School, and we are so excited to join her in bringing awareness to teens about the power of entrepreneurship.
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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

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I am very excited to be launching our brand new website! It is almost done, but some of it is still under construction. I’m very excited to have a “virtual incubator” available for any past or present Youth CITIES student, where mentors and peers can help make the idea into a reality...that will be available some time in early August....more info on it soon. The other program that I’m in the process of creating is a “Tech Tinkering Track”. Entrepreneurs get inspired in different ways, and by different activities. My goal is to have hands-on technology creation sessions where the goal is just to figure out how to build a product (whether it’s a robot, a videogame, a new design for a soda can top, etc) that somehow benefits a…
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