I’m John Hibbs. Thanks for visiting this site. I’m a Duck who fiercely believes Eugene, Oregon has a huge opportunity to make good on this claim:
“World Headquarters, Youth Empowerment“.
The building blocks for this has been a long time in coming; and will take until summer 2015 before strong evidence will be on display. We encourage reading the many posts on this, starting here: “Driving a Stake Through the Heart of Animal House and why 5,500 Chapter Houses on 800 campuses represent an absolute gold mine of truly exceptional opportunity.
During the last twenty years we’ve heavily promoted the whole idea of education by way of the Net. Now that free college courses are on-offer from some of the great Universities in the world,(called MOOCs) we’re changing direction — from mega-phoning the great works of others to spearheading the changes Fraternities must make to survive the grim facts as described in the cover story of Atlantic Magazine, March 2014.
If we do it well – and there is no reason we can’t – we think our model will work on many of the 800 college campuses where Chapter Houses go “idle and empty” during the summer. It’s quite a challenge!
This is a deep plunge into the oceans of work that make up Youth Empowerment. We believe Fraternities can be part of this effort, starting at ages around 11 — and continuing all the way through college. The Houses were designed to “enrich the lives of the kids who sleep there” – why limit to those admitted to college? Why not sleep thousands of kids age 11-16 as well? This is fun stuff — as challenging as was Global Learn Day, which we launched ‘back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth“.
Please check back frequently. This is all a work in progress.
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