Beyond Me Initiative Selected for Amplify Hope Program
We are excited to announce our newest member of the Amplify Hope Program is Watson George and Madyson George and their Beyond Me Initiative that offers entrepreneurial training and support for sustainability to the people of Haiti.
For those of you not familiar with the Amplify Hope Program, it is an incubator for emerging non-profits that offers a place to share ideas and resources in a centralized think tank to optimize positive social impact in the community. This is a 10 month program with monthly challenges, masterminds, and accountability group meetings. We are leading up to a competitive fundraiser, and will end the year with the Amplify Awards. Our program is creating massive positive social impact in Central Indiana and our cohort members. LOVE IT!
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About Beyond Me Initiative
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 2010, Haiti was left in shambles. Watson and Madisyn felt the need to return to their homeland and make a tangible difference. They had grown up about 15 miles apart. At a young age, they had been adopted by separate American families. The two met at Anderson University where they were studying business and ministry. After dating for about a year and half, they tied the knot on June 25, 2016. The two of them began working together to address the lack of job opportunities in Haiti.
Watson and Madisyn began Beyond Me Initiative by inspiring a dozen students at Anderson University’s campus to join them in the venture. Like many startups, passion overrode the lack of experience as the young team stayed up late nights catering, prepping food, designing apparel, and running events to build up their brand. Little by little, the doors kept opening, and things began to take off. First, Mud Ministry, a more established non-profit organization, agreed to give BMI more technical and administrative support. With their assistance, BMI won a $25,000 dollar grant from the Drew Brees Foundation.
In the first year Beyond Me Initiative received its 501 (c) 3 recognition, the team traveled to Haiti to distribute small grants to local NGOs, churches, and missionaries working to rebuild orphanages, schools, homes, and provide cisterns to give people clean water. From the conclusion of the trip, BMI shifted its focus to an asset based community development approach. Instead of focusing on what was wrong and required fixing in the communities that it was helping, BMI focused on identifying the gifts and talents of the local residents, helping them use their local assets and building on their strengths and potential. Experience the impact of living beyond you. Eat. Shop. Create jobs with Beyond Me Initiative!