Pace University's Entrepreneurship Lab
Neel Patel is co-founder of G.I.V.E. He is a full-time undergraduate sophomore at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY studying Life Science. He has taken a particular interest in community service, and one day wishes to extend his passion with working in underserved communities by becoming a physician. Having worked with both physically and mentally handicapped children while volunteering in hospitals, he has decided to embark on a new approach in helping youth. In the summer of 2007, Neel met a group of peers who felt something needed to be done in order to reverse the low graduation rates of high school students. On that basis, G.I.V.E. was established. Working with the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, G.I.V.E. has currently reached out to 150 students, and hopes to expand to more students and other schools in New York City. Neel's vision is to see G.I.V.E. spread throughout the country, so that every child is motivated to pursue a post-secondary education. Neel is expected to graduate from New York Institute of Technology in May of 2010.