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Learning a New Skill at a Maine Summer Camp: Philanthrophy
06/20/2013   Reported By: Keith Shortall

Many kids are naturally generous and care about the struggles of people in their communities and around the world. But Dave Aldrich wants to take that motivation a step further, and train a new generation of skilled philanthropists. Aldrich is the founder of a non-profit called "Grab the Torch," which is hosting a summer camp in western Maine next month. He spoke with Keith Shortall about the mission of the non-profit and its focus on older teens.

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Dave Aldrich jokes that he was a career business bad guy, a consultant specializing in corporate turnarounds - until he created Grab The Torch in 2008.

The idea is based on a simple premise: "that 16- and 17-year-old kids - if we get them then, and we get this moving through their heads at that point, they'll set a course for the greater good. And it seems to be working."

The kids who attend Grab the Torch summer institutes, he says, are asked when they arrive at camp about their interests, and about how they'd like to make a difference in the world.

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The Grab the Torch program's summer camp is focused on leadership, ethics and philanthropy. The next camp is at Gould Academy in Bethel from July 14-19.

Dave Aldrich says there are 10 full scholarships for Maine kids still available.

Learn more about the program.



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