Benefits of Joining
Although high school youth are the primary focal point of the SAGE program, everyone affiliated with SAGE is a benefactor, including high school teachers, university students, along with business and civic leaders.
Today’s youth are the future entrepreneurs, employees, investors, customers and citizens, and SAGE gives them the self-esteem and confidence that they can make a difference.
- Three primary outcomes are realized from the SAGE program: (1) greater awareness among global youth of the power of socially-responsible business and entrepreneurship to improve their lives; (2) greater social capital contributed by the participants and greater social assets enjoyed by the community; and (3) stronger links among local education and business activists to effect meaningful changes in their communities by being linked to the global SAGE network.
Changing the World
- David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurship and the Power of New Ideas (Oxford University Press: 2004), said:
[P]eople who solve problems must somehow first arrive at the belief that they can solve problems. This belief does not emerge suddenly. The capacity to cause change grows in an individual over time as small-scale efforts lead gradually to larger ones. But the process needs a beginning—a story, an example, an early taste of success—something along the way helps a person form the belief that it is possible to make the world a better place. Those who act on that belief spread it to others. They are highly contagious. Their stories must be told.” (p. 282)
A World Stage
- SAGE helps high school-age youth form the belief that it is possible for them to make the world a better place, not only for themselves but for their fellow man. The SAGE experience begins with small-scale efforts by high school students, and provides them with an early taste of success. It also provides a stage where they can describe their successful business and social ventures to others students, and to successful business, civic and education leaders in their communities. And for those students who are exceptionally creative and innovative, a national and world stage is offered.
A Successful Formula
- SAGE provides an avenue by which their stories can be told. It provides a formula for education and economic reform that so far has proven to be successful; after four years, we are now beginning to show real results in how we have changed the lives of high school students, both for “star” high school students and mid-tier students.