When a group of students came to me earlier this year asking me if I would help them start a new organization on campus to serve the needs of Atlanta's growing refugee population, I had no idea how far we would come in such a short time...
Today, I'm especially proud of one student, Farah, for pouring so much of herself into this mission over the past months. Working with our small team, she's been foundational in creating 'Refugee Revive' from the ground up. Now an established link between Emory University and the diverse refugee community of Clarkston, GA, the organization was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hult Prize! The students will be flown to San Francisco where they'll have the chance to compete with other finalists for a one million dollar grant. In the following weeks, they'll be workshopping their business plan with industry experts and preparing to pitch to the Hult Foundation's panel of world leaders and shakers why 'Refugee Revive' should be selected as the winner - as the world's brightest young business minds who have come together to solve one of the planet's biggest challenges with an innovative idea for sustainable and community-centered enterprise.
This is only the beginning...!