We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Haystings and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicholas, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ultimately, in my experience, life and entrepreneurship both have a degree of risk associated that is directly correlated to the caliber of reward. We all participate in this belief to some degree, but I believe we just exist on different parts of the spectrum. Leaving engineering to join the world of nonprofits came with a huge risk of financially sinkin, but I understood that to be inconsequential in consideration of the larger issues at hand and the role that community based organizations can play as a part of the solution. In this realm of socially facing entrepreneurship, and really entrepreneurship in general, we take risks on a regular basis. Understanding the consequences of inaction is the constant reminder that keeps the team moving forward. There are things that simply just need to be done to positively impact our community, and those things are worth the risk every time.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
With both entities, our focus is providing high quality education to oftentimes overlooked, under resourced communities. I think what sets our work apart, or rather makes it stand out, would be the level of authenticity we bring. Most of us are from communities very similar to those we serve which yields a certain understanding and connection. It wasn’t easy erecting these organizations, and it wasn’t lacking in obstacles and tough times for the team; but a lifetime of cultural immersion and a strongly cultivated “why” definitely helped in making the transition to community work much more seamless than it would have otherwise been.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
SO many people to thank it’s hard to narrow it down to a few. It may sound a little cliche or cheesy, but I would have to say it’s our community. Their resilience, ingenuity, and heart have been what really keeps me most inspired and dedicated to this work. The same community that raised me has trusted us to do the work we do and for that I am grateful.

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