Pepperdine Microenterprise Program
The Pepperdine Microenterprise Program strengthens the Los Angeles community by embodying the Pepperdine University mission of developing lives for purpose, service and leadership, and by providing the Graziadio student community with the opportunity to better understand how to use social entrepreneurship to close the economic gap.
Through this program, we provide education and mentorship to residents of Los Angeles transitional shelters. Past partner organizations include the Los Angeles Salvation Army, the Union Rescue Mission, Hope Gardens, and the Upward Bound House.
Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus' speech on social entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University in 2007, the program is designed to build personal growth, career development, and entrepreneurship within an intensive twenty-four week curriculum.
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"I struggled a lot in life. I've fought poverty and lost. I've fought addictions and lost. Finally I fought to keep my pride, and I thank God that I lost that fight too."
Ron J. Smith