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CSUCI schedules Social Business summer camp for area high school students

Camarillo, Calif. — Discovering your core values, connecting with others, then channeling those values into a social business or personal cause will be at the heart of the inaugural My Name My Story California Institute for Social Business Social Entrepreneurship Summer Camp.

Ventura County high school students interested in learning more about social business are invited to sign up for the camp, which is a team effort between the California Institute for Social Business at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) and West Hills-based social enterprise called “My Name My Story” (MNMS).

Education--cisbThe camp can accommodate about 30 students and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 31 to Aug. 4.  
“While they’re here they’re going to have all kinds of workshops from leading social entrepreneurs,” said California Institute for Social Business Director Andrea Grove, Ph.D.  “They will also hear from young social entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses.”

The CISB is partnering with MNMS, which has held similar camps at UCLA in the past.

A social business is defined as a for-profit enterprise that also addresses a social need. The chief executive officer of MNMS is Amit Dodani, 19, of West Hills, who turned shame into triumph.

From when he was a child, Dodani struggled with a speech impediment. When he had to speak to a crowd when he was a fifth grader, “I started jittering, and shaking, and then of course you could see some tears running down my eyes,” he said.

Dodani did not give up. He kept challenging himself to speak in public and even landed a spot on his high school debate team. The awards began to multiply and eventually, his debate team placed fifth in the nation and Dodani received several awards as a top speaker.

To share his story and help others, Dodani founded “My Name My Story,” which is designed to help teens learn about themselves and others, and to develop empathy for those different than themselves.

The week will be filled with activities, workshops and inspirational talks from other young entrepreneurs who have either started or are a part of a social business.

Cost for the week, which includes tuition, meals and a banquet on the last day, is $1,295, but 10 California Institute for Social Business Scholarships are available. The cost with the scholarship is $695

To register, click on To learn more about the scholarship, please contact Professor Grove at
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