Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center that opened in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.
Social entrepreneurship has become an attractive label for new businesses producing a socially positive outcome with a hint of innovation and entrepreneurial charm. Making a difference for society has become something many businesses, whether nonprofit or for-profit, have emphasized more and more.
The Learning Hub is transforming into a socially driven nonprofit with new ideas about business strategies and the perception of relying on government funds and community donations.
Seeing the problem firsthand — the lack of resources provided at a public school level including one-on-one time with students, additional learning supplements and the integration of science, math and history classes — The Hub has set out to improve the entire educational ecosystem with inventive, supplemental approaches.
And to be honest, since opening in January and despite being tapped by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce as a StartUp Worcester 2016 winner, attracting a steady stream of students — and revenue — to the Hub has proved difficult. Finding new forms of funding is essential.
Read Giselle’s most recent chapter, The new direction, or scroll down to start from the beginning.
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