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Student Spotlight: Jordan Waters

Youth Advocacy & Educational Studies (YAES) senior Jordan Waters found a way to combine her interest in advocacy and entrepreneurship, thanks to her degree program and the Shaddock CREATE Competition. She pitched her project at the fall competition, hosted by the Neeley School of Business, receiving a grant and access to mentoring and workshops to develop her idea into a business.

“The Possibility Package is a subscription-based service box that connects nonprofits and for-profits with a cause with the everyday consumer who just wants to do a little bit of good,” she said. “It’s also an avenue for nonprofits and for-profits to advertise in a unique way, getting their goods, their organization and overall message out into the public.”

The COVID-19 pandemic changed her life and put her project on hold; her degree will be conferred in May but commencement has been postponed to August. She hopes that her project, developed with a TCU alumna, will become a reality in the future, though it may evolve to support nonprofits during the health crisis.

Waters was encouraged to pitch a project at the competition while taking Dr. Cynthia Savage’s Social Entrepreneurship course. Fall 2019 YAES graduate Jozie Milton also won a grant for his self-cooling football padding prototype at the competition. Dr. Savage brought the YAES program to the College of Education to provide a non-certification degree plan to students interested in advocacy and education.