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Finally, let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that all people start off equally and are nourished equally. This summer I had two Yale interns helping with the MicroGrants’ program. They not only had good looks and high intelligence, but they were about to be given six “enrichment days” (for example, a trip to the Catskills mountains to develop bonding and survival skills) when they returned to their Ivy League school. In contrast, most of the recipients of a MicroGrant didn’t even know where Lake Harriet is. So much for their enrichment days.
The bottom 20 percent will never catch up, but most are eager to work. Let’s give them the chance.
It’s not altruism; it’s good business.
Joe Selvaggio is president of MicroGrants and founder of the Project for Pride in Living.
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