This is a generation eager to take on the world, and take on big challenges. The Next Generation Initiative helps young men and women gain the leadership and team-building skills they will need to tackle the big challenges in front of them. Students in our programs benefit from the advice and support from our mentors, whether it’s working with student teams competing to give back to their local communities (see “So you want to change the world…” below), working with students working to give back to their heritage — or giving students a chance to see up close how a nation’s leaders work. Here’s what some of those mentors have to say after working with our students:
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“So you want to change the world…”
What would a leader of two of the world’s most influential philanthropical organizations tell young people about changing the world? If it was Sylvia Mathews Burwell (at left), she would tell them that true leaders are measured not by what they have achieved to benefit themselves, but by their contributions to others and to the larger world. That’s why 45,000 students from across the country cheered on the student teams from 18 college campuses who entered the Next Generation Initiative’s Greeks Give Back Challenge — a national student competition to develop proposals for service projects that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Leading the cheering were the 27 NextGen mentors who worked with the teams, and the six competition judges — who were joined by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, former COO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and President of the Walmart Foundation, Congressman John Sarbanes, entrepreneur Ted Leonsis and journalist Paul Glastris at the finals of the competition at Georgetown University.