I must admit now before I start that I was not very familiar with Betsy DeVos or her commitment to education. As I researched her work I became more and more impressed with her endeavors. As someone interested in clean energy, zero waste, and natural alternatives I am excited to learn of Mrs. DeVos’ involvement with a company which invests in clean energy. I admire her for the time and money she has invested in many different areas from her work in campaigns, serving on many boards, and setting up scholarships. She is known in many circles not the least of which are politics, business, and education As a member of the Republican Party, Betsy DeVos spent most of the 90s as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan. She went on to serve as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party in the late 90s and early 2000s. I will be using her as a role model in my endeavor to improve myself and my community. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
She was, herself, raised by a school teacher which I’m sure left an impression on her from childhood. When her own children entered school she noticed how not all children had the opportunity to receive the quality of education that others had within their reach. She became involved in making quality education achievable for all children, no matter their background. She gave several years of her time to mentoring at-risk children, as well as working to empower parents in making more choices available in educating their children.
In 2015 her family ranked #24 on Forbes list of America’s top givers. Mrs. DeVos and her husband began the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This foundation supports education, community, arts, justice, and leadership and has contributed $11.6 million. The DeVos’ total contributions have reached $139 million. Portions of these contributions have gone to hospitals, health research, schools, missions, and free-market think tanks. They have donated to Christian organizations and missions. Her latest achievement is that of the title of United States Secretary of Education, winning by one vote which Vice President Mike Pence cast in her favor to break the 50-50 tie. I am looking forward to seeing what strides she will make in the years to come in the area of education. I don’t think I could ever be in the political field but I could certainly follow her lead in the areas of mentoring children and being more involved in environmental concerns. There are many more lives waiting to be touched by her kindness, concern and generosity.
A philanthropist, as well as futuristic entrepreneur Jason Hope, is based in Scottsdale, AZ. His philanthropic initiatives are aimed to assist the scientific research disease cure, education, and biotechnology. At his local area, he has been committed to providing support to the local education program that motivates the students to learn more than what they learn in the classrooms. He has also given financials assistance to other organizations that focuses on the handling the diseases prevention, treatment as well as control.
One of the organizations that Jason Hope has given financial support is the SENS Foundation by donating $500, 000 to Foundation initiatives. SENS Foundation deals with researching and developing a revolutionizing medicine. The reason that Jason Hope is interested in the Foundation work is because of it focuses on coming up with new ways to treat the chronic ailments. He insists that the conventional medicine is not doing enough because they try to ease side effect of the disease instead of preventing and curing the diseases.
Another Foundation that Jason Hope has given financial support includes the Andre Agassi Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation, Leukemia, Boys and Girls of metropolitan Phoenix as well as True Colors. He also serves in Arizona Science Center as a member of Director.
Jason Hope has been known to be unconventional when it comes to the technology. His main aim is an aspect such as research as well as development. He works with inventors and business leaders by providing informed insight about technology in various areas such as the development of the mobile applications, gaming software and desktop software that can be used to improve the future of human well-being. Hope has partnered with other organizations to bring about new technology and carry research on technological infrastructure.
Jason Hope has special interest about certain areas of technology, for example, the Internet of Things (IoT). He believes that because newer devices are being produced every day and that these devices are connected to the world through wireless technology, the term IoT will continues rise in popularity as people recognize the importance and impact of IoT.
There is an established tradition within the US whereby artistes crisscross the country for sightseeing purposes. This is often done with the aim of understanding the history of the American subcontinent, and the inhabitants of different regions. This is a tradition that often comes into play whenever America is facing a national crisis. During such situations, all Americans are often bond together but a common crisis irrespective of their location or background.
Doug Levitt decided to explore America in a different way altogether. When he embarked on a project known as “The Greyhound Diaries”, his aim was to highlight inherent poverty, which affects all parts of the US. He captured his expedition through photography, authorship and music. Levitt’s decision to take a different course was inspired by the fact that those who have ventured out have consistently failed to address real problems that face local communities. Through the Greyhound Diaries, Levitt has successfully managed to capture the attention and imagination of the entire nation.
Despite the fact that Levitt took a totally different path to carry out his exploration, his message resonates well with millions of Americans. Being a musician, he has also become synonymous for penning inspirational songs. Some of his songs talk about the experiences that he had while traversing the US on the Greyhound buses.
A Synopsis of Doug Levitt
The Washington native studied at the London School of Economics and Cornell University. During his childhood, his mother was a local politician and activist. The lessons that he received from her have helped mold him into the man that he is today. At Woodrow High School, Doug’s music and photography talent was discovered and nurtured.
Living in London while working as a CNN reporter, opened his eyes to social injustices. During his singing career Doug has had the opportunity of working with David Henry, a celebrated producer. Along the success that he has had on the musical arena, Doug has made a name for himself as a consummate activist.