childhood & college
Initially, reading was a struggle for Greg - the words got jumbled up in his head - but once he learned to read, he practically lived in the public library & read as many books as he could. His civic & philanthropic experiences can be traced back to the first book he ever purchased with his own money (a children's biography of Harriet Tubman). The book inspired him to want to make a difference. A few weeks later, he signed up for a Read-a-Thon (raising funds to help fight a disease). Over the next few years, he raised thousands of dollars to help others through the Read-a-Thon. This kickstarted a lifelong interest in volunteerism & philanthropy (& reading!). In high school, he volunteered with local kids through a variety of youth centers, camps & athletic leagues. In college, he became increasingly active. He volunteered at local schools off-campus; volunteer taught former gang members trying to get their GEDs; launched a program that brought his classmates into the community with him - serving as college mentors for younger local students; interned on Capitol Hill & was appointed by the Dean to the position of Student Chairman of Community Service for the college he attended. His interest in the community also influenced his academic experience -- leading him to take classes like Introduction to Civil Rights & Urban Education & writing papers on topics like Native American culture & heritage.