Summary of The Promise of a Pencil
From THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Brown. Copyright @ 2014 by GoodPenny Ventures LLC. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster Inc., NY
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Adam Braun may be one of those much-maligned millennials, but he embodies the spirit of altruism. Born with many advantages and given an Ivy League education, he left a lucrative job at a Wall Street firm to apply his talents to helping others. In 2008, still in his 20s, Braun founded Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools, trains teachers and awards scholarships in the world’s most destitute communities. In this absorbing autobiographical account, he shares his journey from growing up in a wealthy New York suburb to founding a nonprofit that today breaks ground for a new school every four days. getAbstract recommends Braun’s inspiring story to anyone who dreams of helping others. If you tend to write off millennials as entitled and self-absorbed, this readable lesson about good will and dedication could change your mind.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Adam Braun started Pencils of Promise,
- How it fulfills its mission to build schools in impoverished communities and
- How to apply Braun’s lessons to live a more purpose-driven life.
About the Author
Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise.