<P>31 cox.smu.edugo to One-to-One Giving That need to give back is what prompted four Cox undergrads — Asad Berani (BBA ‘14), Shameel Thawerbhoy (BBA ‘13), Jaison Thomas (BBA ‘14) and Arvind Venkataraman (BBA ‘16) — to start their own business. Apollo Tutors was launched in February to provide after- school tutoring to college and private- school students. But, like the business model utilized by TOMS Shoes, the service gives away one hour of tutoring to an at- risk child for every paid tutoring session. We were sitting around one night talking about how we would give back to the community if we were all billionaires, says Venkataraman. All of us agreed it would have to be something to do with education, and Jaison came up with the idea of starting a tutoring company that gives back. Working with students in East Dallas, Apollo Tutors donated more than 235 one-on-one tutoring hours in its first five months and hopes to reach 1,000 Giving for Good Being different while making a difference has also been a successful model for Props Social Ventures, an organization launched by William Timm Wooten (BBA 15) and accepted into the SMU Engaged Learning program. Engaged Learning encourages creative, civic-minded projects targeting the specific needs of a population or community. Wootens venture led to the creation of a microfinancing program to provide loans to small entrepreneurs. Props Social Ventures works with CitySquare, a Dallas nonprofit that fights the root causes of poverty, to identify possible recipients and award loans ranging from $100 to $1,000. Weve seen brilliant ideas from people who just didnt have access to the education they needed to reach their career goals, Wooten says. Its not a lack of determination; its a lack of resources. Props Social Ventures functioned for one year as a student club and has been an LLC for about a year. During that time, it has given out about 20 loans. One recipient turned her loan into a full-time business making healthy, tasty alternatives to candy; she was able to quit her three jobs and now has a thriving enterprise. Props Social Ventures has received tremendous community support, something that Wooten says underscores just how philanthropic the Dallas community is. And it has given him a new appreciation for what he is learning every day. Sometimes school feels like a grind because you dont see what youre learning or what talents you are cultivating, he says. Being able to do something like this and see what those skills are doing makes a big difference. When I see the impact of what Im doing, its very grounding to me. Its so much more satisfying than knowing Im just working toward a degree. FEATURE STORY Many times you feel like you have to choose between making money in the corporate world and changing the world. This shows you can do both. ‘‘ ‘‘ hours by its one-year anniversary in February 2014. One thing we are looking at is providing the Dallas Independent School District with SAT tutoring, says Venkataraman. More than 60 percent of high school students dont receive an adequate education, and its alarming to think this is happening in our own backyard. All four of us are from the Dallas area, and we want to do something to change that here. Doing good for others has also helped the company do well, as clients like knowing that they are helping another child get an education each time they buy a tutoring session. Thats turned out to be our greatest marketing tool. It differentiates us from everyone else out there, says Venkataraman. Whether they are launching a nonprofit organization, working for change within a company or creating a better world through volunteer efforts and personal donations, students who graduate from SMU Cox often do so with a sincere determination to make a difference in the world. We are a generation that cares a lot, explains Almaguer. It is important for us to take care of the world around us. 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