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I'm writing to invite you to a happy hour gathering of Seattle SOM alumni on Thursday, April 15th, featuring fellow SOMer, Patricia Johnson '02, who has started a promising nonprofit organization helping at risk youth. We'll be meeting at Buckley's in Belltown (2331 2nd Ave) starting at 5:30pm. The event will feature Tricia's latest work, light appetizers and interesting conversation about real world application of business school principles. Game Theory Academy has a mission to offer transformative financial mentorship to young adults that will help them better manage their money, temper risky decisions and encourage lifelong learning. The core program is a 20-hour class, taught over 5 or 10 weeks, that uses business economics frameworks - like those we learned at SOM - to engage young adults in understanding money, financial systems and value-driven decision making. This is represents an opportunity for young people to rethink their relationship with risk in all areas of their lives. Participants are young adults ages 16-24 who don't have adequate family support to navigate the housing, job, health and educational challenges of the transition to adulthood. GTA is based in Oakland, but I'm hoping that in the near future the program can expand to other west coast cities, partnering with local CBOs that offer a range of supportive programs but don't have the staff capacity to offer financial literacy. I hope you will be interested in learning more about the project, sharing entrepreneurial advice with the founder, and potentially, like myself, becoming an active supporter. Last year SOM alumni hosted events to showcase this project in Washington DC and New York, and Dean Oster and the Education club hosted a session in New Haven in the fall. I hope you'll join me in offering the same welcome to this "very SOM" project here in Seattle. Sincerely, Brandon Stander SOM ‘02

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    2331 2nd Ave Seattle, Washington USA