The First Annual Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was held May 21 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. This civic entrepreneurship focused event allows Bloch School of Management students to present ideas that will serve the Kansas City community and beyond.
The participating teams included:
- Planet Play (Kelly Bobbitt, Debra Box, Barb Brown, Lauranne Hess, Jimmy Holmes and Gloria Zamora Kahler)
- Mountain View Trade School (Joy Ellsworth)
- Clothes from Heaven (Geri Hughes)
- Tutorious (Alfredo Palacol, John Stamm)
- EPEC (Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child) (Jim Fisher, Natasha Kirsch)
- C.I.T.Y. (Leslie Scott and Roxana Shaffe)
The 2013 winners (officially titled “Levitt Changemakers”) were Tutorious, a tutoring service that focuses on individualized education for high school students, and EPEC, which strives to raise the employment rate in underserved populations by training individuals in a specific trade.
Four leaders from the Kansas City nonprofit community volunteered to judge and mentor the teams, including David Battey, President and Founder, Youth Volunteer Corps of America; Gloria Jackson-Leathers, Director of the Kansas City Civic Engagement Program, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Bernardo Ramirez, Executive Director, Hispanic Economic Development Corporation; and Gene Wilson, Former President of Youth Development, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Each Levitt Changemaker team was awarded the opportunity to work with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership to receive further mentoring and help developing their social venture.