If it were easy …

This guest post was written by John DeWulf, Chair of the Executive Committee of Social Venture Partners

Of course, if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Dr. Geston’s program of improving a school by changing its culture – changing the way students and teachers think of themselves and their school – seems like common sense. But I have discovered that fundamental change in a school, or any organization, isn’t easy and there will be set backs along the way. The key is strong and visionary leadership at the top and dedication and patience from those implementing the change. Camelback had both.

I’m proud of the role Social Venture Partners has played in Camelback’s extraordinary transformation. I look forward to helping Camelback continue to prosper and applying Chad’s ideas in other schools.

John DeWulf
Chair, Education Committee
Social Venture Partners

Fashion Club and Beyond

Hi Bruce and Happy New Year!

The website is looking great and thanks for including me in the launch. It’s exciting to see Chad’s vision along with SVP’s partnership continue to evolve.

I am proud of the Fashion Club and now the Career and Technical Education class Fashion Design and Merchandising 1-2 that has come into existence because of connections made with SVP and a principal willing to listen and take a chance on a teacher getting certified in a new area because of talent witnessed in an afternoon club setting that could lead students to numerous career opportunities in the future.

We began three years ago with donations of material and magazines from sources that Maurine Karabatsos knew about. From there she connected me with numerous members of the community who had talents in interior design, clothing construction and also wanted to mentor our amazing students! Most of them are connected to SVP in some way.

This is the short version of the story. Carol Clemency of SVP has also been at my side every step of the way and continues to support the students and me with her generosity and more importantly her time as the club and class progress.

I hope to meet you in person very soon.