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  • Icon - three stripes represent three lead partners in SEPA effort combining into one above the “P” in a left-to-right motion before beginning to “lift” away, relieving or ALLEVIATING poverty.SEPA focuses on engaging youth in community development through grant writing as an entrepreneurial endeavor, teaching technical aspects of grant writing and providing hands-on grant writing experience with a local nonprofit agency.  
  • Students from Austin college and nonprofit representatives from Texoma region attended a two-day grant writing workshop taught by at Austin College to learn how to find, write, and win grants of all kinds. This two-day workshop was taught by Beverly Santicola, Executive Director of CROPS and CEO of U.S. Government Grants, a national grant writing and community development training and consulting firm.
  • After the two day workshop, students were paired with a nonprofit for a paid summer internship to write grants that support specific projects and programs of that agency. Here, students learnt how nonprofit organizations collaborate, build philanthropic support, create solutions, seek new funds and effectively utilize limited resources to create social change. Through SEPA, they got an opportunity to be a part of the community building process. 

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  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION (SEPA) Presented by Dr. Susan B. Thomas, PhD Executive Director Texoma Council of Governments
  • SEPA PARTNERS Texoma Council of Governments Austin College US Government Grants (USGG) MISSION To increase youth leadership creating social change in underserved areas, particularly in rural America, by harnessing the spirit of social entrepreneurism.
  • Two-day Grant Writing workshop taught by Beverly Santicola, CEO of U.S. Government Grants & Executive Director of CROPS (Center for Rural Outreach & Public Service)
  • SEPA TIMELINE  Year 1(2012) Seven students, seven nonprofits  Year II (2013) Eight students, eight nonprofits  Year III (Targeted in 2014) Twenty students, twenty nonprofits
  • EVALUATE Student & Nonprofit Feedback, S urveys and Reporting EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT
  • “As a representative of both Austin College and the City of Sherman, I can tell you that TCOG’s SEPA Project is transforming our region’s social service agencies while helping inform the next generation of community leaders. Our students gain knowledge of difficult issues and the confidence to help solve them, and that is a significant investment in a brighter future. ” CAROLYN S. WACKER MAYOR, CITY OF SHERMAN SR. ASSOC. VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT, AUSTIN COLLEGE “The SEPA program affirms the catalyzing effect of partnerships between a college and its community. Combining the resources of Austin College, including our outstanding faculty and students, with the impressive array of non-profit organizations in the community generates outcomes that would not be possible if we worked in isolation.” DR. MARJORIE HASS AUSTIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT “The SEPA program offers our students a unique opportunity to gain practical skills in grant writing and non-profit management and to make a significant contribution to community development through their work with local agencies.” DR. DONALD RODGERS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, AUSTIN COLLEGE “SEPA not only works to prevent the mass exit of young people out of our smaller communities, but also serves as a platform to empower students and nonprofit leaders to work together to produce positive change.” BEVERLY SANTICOLA PRESIDENT, US GOVERNMENT GRANTS CO-FOUNDER, CENTER FOR RURAL OUTREACH & PUBLIC SERVICES, INC.