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Jason Terrell’s Profound Gentlemen wins SEED20 grand prize

Jason Terrell, Furman Class of 2012

At the 6th Annual SEED20 event held March 27, Jason Terrell’s Profound Gentlemen won the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Grand Prize of $20,000. Terrell, a 2012 Furman University Politics and International Affairs and Philosophy graduate, originally co-founded PG to support male black teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) schools.

The SEED20 competition is an initiative of Social Venture Partners, a group that identifies 20 socially-minded nonprofit programs in the Charlotte area, and coaches the social entrepreneurs to create three-minute pitches for their initiatives. The top 10 programs battle it out at the SEED20 Onstage event.

With co-founder Mario Jovan Shaw, Profound Gentlemen now has 125 men participating and 10 impact leaders who work in six cities: Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis and Washington, D.C. The organization is described as one that “builds a cradle-to-career pipeline of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color through social-emotional learning, mentoring, and serving as role models.” Learn more about Terrell’s program and view a short video at this link.


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