Kelsey Dandeneau aspires to become a business executive. Working with MVYLI she’s learned how some business executives are philanthropists and developed family foundations to support non-profit organizations. She learned how to design a proposal for Honest Tea, research family foundations listed in the Foundation Center and develop letters to seek support for the Martha’ Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative.
The Youth Summit for Sustainable Development broadened my perspective of sustainable development. It opened my eyes. I’m not the farmer type. I want to go into business. Sustainable development doesn’t just mean you are a farmer or build wind farms. Business is actually a huge part of sustainable development – or needs to be. As a whole, we can work together to realize the goal of sustainable development. The Youth Summit helped focus young people on our island – where there is a lot of sustainable development projects. The Vineyard could actually become a model for the whole country.