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About Us 

Seven years ago, we started Real World Scholars to empower young people through real-world entrepreneurship. We worked WITH educators and community leaders to design a program that allowed any classroom, anywhere, to start a student-run business and develop skills students needed to thrive. Over the years, we’ve supported hundreds of classrooms and over 40K student entrepreneurs building classroom businesses. 

In 2020, co-founder John Cahalin relocated and began to call Mariposa home. John was quickly sold by the community – its people, resilience, and history. Over the last year, many Mariposa residents may have met or seen John around town, talking education or asking folks what they’d like to see happen. Over and over again, he heard that young people needed an opportunity to connect to one another and their community and develop skills they need to succeed and thrive. 

Project Go was born


We took the same approach that we've always taken at Real World Scholars –  working with the folks on the ground to get resources to students who want to make their community a better place. We believe no idea is too big or too small; we’re driven to support students and their ideas – be it a community garden, a bike lane, or an athletic court. Once they develop and submit their idea, we felt it was important to engage the community to help decide which projects get funded. 

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