What Social Entrepreneurship Needs

I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where only 46% of students graduate high school. This is the city—with a crime rate 39% higher than the national average—that turned off 24,512 streetlights during the recession.

In this city, youth succeed by getting out of it. That’s what I did. I played in the Canadian Football League for parts of 2007 after graduating college. I was a pro football player; this was success, I thought. But I didn’t feel successful. In fact, even as a professional athlete, I felt pointless.

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