A Different Way to Change the World

14 Oct

There are plenty of ways to change the world and there are countless organizations working every day to better their surroundings. Regardless of size, every movement begins with one person or a small group of people who share the desire and passion to bring about change. I love Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Like Margaret Mead, at Stelos, we look at this “changing the world” thing a little differently. It does not take millions of dollars or millions of people. We believe (and have proven) that if you 1.) Identify the right people with the propensity to lead and passion to help others, then 2.) give them the resources and training to do so, great things happen. Our leaders have started organizations or movements supporting better elderly care, missionary work, mentoring, charity fundraising, diversity and more.

Our mission is to help extraordinary young leaders reach their potential. We do this by providing leadership training though the Housley Principled Leadership Program and scholarships. Housley teaches them how to lead effectively and the scholarships give them the resources to do so. Our awardees are energetic, young leaders with great ideas and tireless work ethic. Their day is broken up into three compartments of time: time spent at school, on leadership responsibilities and working a job.  Through these scholarships, we are able to take part, if not all, of the need for the third compartment away. This allows more time to be spent on the first two.

I know this dates me, but when I think of our concept, it often reminds me of the Faberge Organic Shampoo commercial from the 70s and 80s. The concept was simple, but very effective. It showed a girl with really pretty hair telling two friends about the shampoo, and those two telling two more and so on and so on. Each new girl appeared in a box. By the end of the commercial there were lots of little boxes (girls) on the screen. A commercial showing the benefits of the Stelos scholarships would look similar. Our commercial would show one of our very motivated, passionate recipients helping two more and those two helping four more and so on and so on – showing how one can essentially affect hundreds and how your support of a few Stelos leaders will benefit many.

I can also promise you that every dollar donated to Stelos makes it into the pocket of a deserving student. None of our fundraising goes to operations costs or salaries. We are currently running a video series spotlighting several of our Stelos Stars explaining what the support has meant to them.

It is because of their stories and the stories of every student we come in contact with that we engage friends of the Stelos Alliance each spring to raise support for our scholarship programs. This year’s $10 for Tomorrow scholarship campaign brought in $18,250 – that’s $3,250 more than our goal of $15,000! Read our newsletter for a full update and we invite you to help us change the world by joining us in our mission of helping extraordinary students reach their potential.

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Melinda is a 24/7 Mom. From 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (and some weekends), she cares for the Stelos Alliance and all its scholarships and programs. Additionally, she makes sure the Kalypso family gets together to catch-up and have fun a few times throughout the year. With what is left, she does the same for her own family which includes a husband, two very active daughters Madison (15) and Reese (10) and Marcie (dog).

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