Santa Clara University


Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI)

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 Justin Kennedy

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

I have been involved with Santa Clara University's Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative since January, and it has been quite a learning experience.  Not only have I learned about pragmatic small business solutions and ideas, but have also been able to become involved in our local community.  My project has been Yolanda's Market and Catering, located near downtown San Jose.  Yolanda's catering service has been my favorite entity of the project, as I have a few years in the food and hospitality industry.  One of my personal goals has been to educate employees on food cleanliness, sanitation, and pricing.  My team and I are in the works on implementing major design, price, efficiency, and layout changes to the market in order to see it prosper.  

As someone who has attended Catholic schools for my entire life, Santa Clara University's NPI program has only reaffirmed my belief in the good that religious institutions do for the community and world, and has been a testament to the University's motto of Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which to all of the non-Latin majors, translates to For the Greater Glory of God.  The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative has been one of the most incredible experiences of my Santa Clara University time thus far, and I am very excited for other students to get a chance to become involved through it.  

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