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How does one go from a successful modeling career to working as a social entrepreneur learning high-end mobile development–all the while attending medical school?

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Unemployment continues to be a vexing problem in the United States, and this week we're happy to learn of an impressive organization that is helping to reverse that trend. Downtown Streets Team (DST) has created a work experience program for people experiencing homelessness, and so far they've helped 755 people in the Bay Area find jobs, while transitioning 100 people out of homelessness. For the whole story, see the City of San Rafael's blog here.

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As the Founder of the Billions Rising Foundation, I want to take a moment here to honor my dear friend Jack Wilson who passed away back in 2011. Jack and I met back in the 1980s when we were both producing social-change documentaries to increase public awareness of issues and inequalities. We lost touch, but years later I discovered that his compassion for humanity had continued and that he had founded PPMK Jogia. an successful, grassroots non-profit for empowering women in the poorest regions of Indonesia.

Here’s how the PPMK website describes their origins:

“The idea for PPMK (Empowering Women to Fight Poverty) began informally in 2002 when PPMK’s founder, Jack Wilson, attended an inspiring workshop conducted by Amanda ...

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