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Martin Fox started the Center for Global Leadership in Park City last summer to teach entrepreneurial skills to teenagers and college students to empower them to change the world.

In late June he held a three-day camp at Deer Valley with five students from Park City and around the country. He has more planned for later this year.

One of his "graduates" from last year is Park City High School alumna Alyssa von Puttkammer. Through the program she was motivated to begin a program like Doctors Without Borders for soccer coaches.

She’s traveling to Tanzania with Fox and others from the center July 25 to run a soccer camp for young girls there as the inaugural event of her program, Kilimanjaro Soka Kambi. Financial support can be donated at http://www.firstgiving.com/alyssavonputtkammer .

Kilimanjaro Soka Kambi will be targeting young girls because von Puttkammer said she learned many lessons from her years playing soccer that were empowering later in life.

Now a student at Tufts University in Boston, von Puttkammer said she doesn’t have the skills to go work in a clinic, but she does have the skills to change lives through sport.

"Sports in general, soccer in particular, helps people learn teamwork, goal setting, inclusiveness, persistence all really good values you can apply on the field and off the field in any situation," she explained.

Fox said taking von Puttkammer along on the trip is just one of the amazing things the center has achieved in just over a year. There’s a teenager from Texas he hopes to take next year who wants to begin an enterprise that sells water straws with built-in filters to give people have access to clean water.

But getting America’s youth excited about establishing philanthropic micro-enterprises in impoverished areas (both domestically and internationally) has morphed into a minor function of the center.

Fox said he’s gotten emails from 117 different countries from people interested in having the center teach youth in their countries directly.

For example, Fox met with a delegation of Israelis and Palestinians interested in the center’s help leading young people in dialogues about joint environmental initiatives.

next year he expects to have led groups in Mexico and Nepal. He’s had more requests from India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Burundi and Kenya.

In each country, the center teaches entrepreneurial skills, helps youth identify needs in their community, then assists in applying for micro-loans.

Fox will be in Tanzania for five weeks targeting young women who dropped out after primary school. As they pay back their micro-loans coming directly from the center, the principal will be donated to local schools to offer scholarships to girls.

Fox envisions taking corps of his program’s graduates with him around the world to implement the projects they are passionate about while the center teaches entrepreneurship and leadership.

"We’re seeing this take really interesting turns," he said.

To learn more, email info@leadglobally.org .


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