This service-oriented road trip, Service Driven, has been in the our minds for about a year, but a new twist was added just over a month ago. On the IBM Service Jam in October, one of the participants mentioned that StartingBloc was a really successful new program for young social innovators. Having never heard of it before, I checked it out and was impressed by the people associated with it and their stories of social change. I applied, and two weeks ago I found out that I was accepted!
Learn more about StartingBloc from this Fast Company article, or by watching this 2 minute clip:
So now I will be spending the middle of February in Los Angeles, surrounded by 109 other young people who are just as energized about making a difference and having an impact as I am! I am hopeful that it will be the perfect precursor to our adventure.
If you would like to support me in attending the Social Innovation institute, you can sponsor me HERE. This would also be a great alternative this year to Christmas or birthday presents since we are downsizing in anticipation of our trip.
To support StartingBloc in offering more scholarships for 2011 Fellows, vote for them in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge HERE.