Developing Young Entrepreneurs, with Dario Otero, Youth Lens 360

Youth Lens 360 is a for-profit marketing company that works with youth. Youth Lens 360 provides visual communication, product marketing, and branding services through the lens of youth ages 14-24. Dario Otero, the founder of Youth Lens 360, has seen first-hand how the education system does not support, nurture or value entrepreneurial thinking. “I’ve found in my teaching and leadership experience that underrecognized youth of color have a naturally creative and resourceful entrepreneurial spirit. That gets ignored in traditional education settings,” he explains. “As a result, youth will eventually lose that capacity and enthusiasm for education. They don’t stay engaged when we don’t connect what they are learning to the real…

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Tell the Whole Story

When we tell the whole story, we have hope. It lifts us up. We are energized to make a difference. You’ve probably heard the saying “If you aren’t outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Yes, there is so much to be outraged about from climate change to civil rights. Outrage is the appropriate first response to these issues. If you aren’t outraged, all you have to do is look at the latest headlines. If that’s not enough to send you over the edge, log on to Twitter, Facebook or your favorite social media channel. Pretty soon…yup. Outrage. But here’s the problem with outrage. Constant outrage leaves us feeling powerless, hopeless and…

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