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Generation Next: Tony Jordan

Age: 38

Company: AWOL AllWalks of Life Inc.

Title: Founder/director of programs

Top accomplishments

• Raised more than $75,000 through social media platforms.

• Saved taxpayers $6.5 million through juvenile crime prevention.

• We started AWOL programs working with two kids in program in 2003 to more than 1,000 by 2013.

Top awards/accolades

• Best and brightest Under 40, Georgia Trend magazine in 2008.

• Comcast City Year Leadership Award 2009.

• Presidential list top youth arts program.

 

Questions for BiS:

1. As a proven local leader, please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee?

By the end of 2013? Isee more social entrepreneur businesses emerging.

By the year 2020? I see more of a youth presence involved inlocal government and voting.

By the year 2030? I see AWOL as a feder for the local schools in town as it pertains to art, i.e., full four-year scholarships.

 

2. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

I’d definitely start this year leaner. I would love to be housed in a school rent free and provide after-school programming to the students.

 

3. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?

Technology is rapidly expanding, and just like everything else of the future, we cannot say how it will grow or what it will entail.

What we can say is that there is no limit of the possibilities that are within our grasps. The advances that will come in the near future will provide that our societyis at the pinnacle of our potential to change the world and its future. Just look at our smartphones are doing.

 

4. What qualities or assets willl distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?

It’s the out-of-the-box mindset of people from all wqlks of life with cuper cool ideas working on conjunction with the strong and steady hand of Savannah’s leqdership that will preserve and advance our local economy as well as welcome a new economy. My wife and I talk about this all the time.

 

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