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What ever happened to apprenticeships? One Ashoka Fellow is working to bring them back and is reengaging students along the way!

"I didn't learn these things until my first year in college!" Ken Hayes said as he describes his architecture apprenticeship with Carlos, a 7th grade Spark student doing his second apprenticeship in architecture. Ken, of the Ken Hayes Group, has been in business for over a decade and helped Carlos deepen his knowledge of house foundations and structures. In fall 2009, Carlos designed the exterior of a dream house for his mother.

"It's my dream to build my mother a unique house, a house not like any others," Carlos said.

Interview: Gerald Chertavian on how he made the jump from business to social entrepreneur

Shortly after Ashoka Fellow Gerald Chertavian landed a banking job on Wall Street in the late 1980s, he  became a Big Brother to David Heredia, a ten-year old who lived in a low-income housing project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Chertavian was moved by David’s ambition and talent, but he knew the boy faced major barriers in realizing his dreams. Over the next decade and a half, Chertavian mentored David, helping him to graduate from the School of Visual Arts and establish himself as a professional artist.

Announcing the Finalists of the @15 Community Impact Challenge

Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Best Buy Co., Inc. today announced the finalists of the second @15 Community Impact Challenge. Five teams of young social entrepreneurs will each receive $5,000 and five teams will be selected to receive $1,500 each from the @15 Fund to expand their local ventures.