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E CITY (Entrepreneurship: Connecting, Inspiring & Teaching Youth) teaches entrepreneurship to low-income young people by improving their academic, business, technology and life skills so that they can become economically productive members of society and break the cycle of poverty. In January 2011, E CITY merged with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. 

President: Deborah Perkins                              

Lead Partner: Mary Bright

In January 2011, E CITY merged with Youth Opportunities Unlimited


Total SVP Impact During Years of Engagement: 2005-2010

 Value of volunteer hours from partners and friends   $ 67,000
 SVP direct financial contributions (grants awarded)   $ 65,000
 Indirect contributions because of introduction by SVP   $ ??
 Projected operational impact from SVP-supported projects/initiatives 


SVP grant was leveraged 203%   $132,000  


Results and Accomplishments

  • Use of SVP grants: president search and general operations.
  • Projects: Development, Human Resources, Operations, Marketing


Volunteer Partners: Kay Carlson, Charlie Farrell, Desikan Gandarvakottai, Ann Garland, Shilpa Kedar, Marcia Levine, Randy Markey, Tim McCarthy, Dominique River, Sonni Senkfor, Kevin Shaw

E City | A Spirit of Generosity and Celebration

SVP volunteers gave considerable time in planning meetings and in hands-on activities to help us evaluate and modify our annual awareness breakfast. They encouraged us to see its “power” in reaching people on an emotional level, and they encouraged us to see that we could use that event to raise a significant amount of money. We had been afraid of making that transition, from a “feel good” event to one at which we ask for donations. The outside perspective of SVP volunteers was invaluable... Read More »