Social Entrepreneurs: Disrupting the Status Quo

How will you impact the world?

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Stan Tucker is part of a growing movement of “social entrepreneurs” – people who are passionate about transforming or disrupting an industry’s status quo, often by founding non-profit organizations. A former teacher in a lower-income public school (and still “a teacher at heart”), Stan noticed that one of the main areas that kids struggled with was reading. Studies show that difficulty reading can affect a child’s self-esteem, social life, and other class subjects. “I wondered how I could make a difference on a broader scale,” Stan says. What he did was quit his job at the school to start a program called Leap for Literacy, whose mission is to donate 100,000 books to children in lower-income Atlanta areas – most of whom have never owned their own book.

“You would think that everybody has access to books and that's not always the case. I go to lower-income schools and donate brand new books and read to [students] and tell them the importance of reading. So many times, I hear stories of people who said reading was their outlet and that's how they got out of the situation that they were in.”

When starting a non-profit, your mission is often the easy part. Finances, says Stan, “are probably the biggest thing that you really have to take in consideration. Can you actually live by not making the money or having steady income? And I've fulfilled that in different areas. I have a part-time job waiting tables and it's a sacrifice that I have to make. I work long evenings and I don't get to do a lot of things with some of my friends, but it's all worth it.”

Stan exhibits the Leadercast value of “Beyond You” leadership. Do you have a dream to make a difference in the world? Hear more about how Stan is turning his dream into a reality and actions you can take. You can also find more insights and solutions from “social entrepreneurs” such as Adam Gould, Blake Mycoskie, Jay Wolf, Hank Fortener, Michael Daly, Malala Yousafzai, and many more! Browse the Leadercast Topics @ https://old.leadercast.com/browse-topics/
My name is Stan Tucker. A little bit about me, my degree is in early childhood education with a focus on urban education. Taught in Title 1 school which is a lower-income school in Cobb County. Taught second grade, which I absolutely adored.

I'm still a teacher at heart. You know, I was sitting there thinking of ways that I can make an impact on a broader scale. So I thought no better way to do that with literacy. And when I was teaching, that was one thing that a lot of my kids struggled with was reading.

So I started my program which is called Leap for Literacy. And what I do, I go out to lower income schools and donate brand new books. And read to them and tell them the importance of reading. So many times, I hear stories of people who grew up in those types of areas. And they said, reading was their outlet and that's how they got out of the situation that they were in.

You would think that everybody has access to books and that's not always the case. Even here in America, we think that's just something that's the Stone Age but it really is not. So that's what I'm looking to do is just spread the love of literacy.

Finances are probably the biggest thing that you really have to take in consideration. Can you actually live by not making the money or having steady income? And I've fulfilled that in different areas. I've had a part-time job waiting tables and it's a sacrifice that I have to take. I work long evenings and I don't get to do a lot of things with some of my friends, but it's all worth it. The sacrifice is worth it at the end.

There was a teacher who told me about a kid that brings the book that I donated to him every day to school and he reads it every day. The cover is falling off of it. So when I hear stories like that, it makes it all worth it that these long hours that I'm putting in right now, sacrifice is worth it times a million, in my opinion. So I'll keep doing whatever I have to do keep this dream of mine going.
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Stan Tucker

Stan Tucker is the Founder of Leap For Literacy. LFL was formed because of an experience Stan had as a second grade teacher at a Title I school. He saw the excitement the kids expressed when the book fair came to school, but most of t...

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