Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship—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. And for those students who are exceptionally creative and innovative, a national and world stage is offered.
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
SAGE’s philosophy mirrors that of David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurship and the Power of New Ideas (2204), who 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)