Matt's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palo Alto, CA

MATT SEVERSON

Founder
The School Fund

“Education is more than just sitting at a desk and learning what the teacher's saying-it's how you live life, it's your whole set of experiences.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Education Exploration Instincts Inspiration Passion Confidence Opportunity Culture Honesty Experience Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

access, action, architect, college, education, google, happy, healthy, high school, idealism, idealization, making a difference, nonprofit, open mind, problems, road block, school, taking for granted, tanzania, young people

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After he graduated from high school, he took a trip to Tanzania.
  • There, he met a young man who dreamed of becoming Tanzania's president, but couldn't afford high school.
  • He had a huge epiphany and realized that in the U.S., we take going to school and college for granted.
  • As a result of that interaction, Matt started The School Fund, which helps connect donors with students in third-world countries.
  • In 2010, he was granted an Outstanding Commitment Award grant from the Clinton Global Initiative University.
  • He was hired by Google to work on their new business development team.
  • Says the great thing about being a young person is that you can jump into anything without worrying about roadblocks down the line.
  • Urges road-trippers to figure out what they're passionate about, and then to just dive right in.

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