Daquan Oliver ’14 recognized for using Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® to empower children of low-income

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Babson College alumnus Daquan Oliver ’14 has been selected as a finalist to receive the Peace Fir​st Prize for helping to empower children of low-income to become the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.


Daquan is the Founder and President of Recesspreneurs, a nonprofit, after-school entrepreneurial education mentor program, which helps children from low-income environments turn their dreams and ideas into action.


Daquan and his team at Recesspreneurs teach life skills, facilitate entrepreneurial thinking, and strive to close the achievement gap.


According to Peace First, “Daquan created the curriculum with help from his [Babson] professors after becoming a successful entrepreneur while still in college, despite the fact that he grew up in a financially insecure single-parent household. Recesspreneurs empowers both mentor and mentee, and to date has served more than 30 youth participants in two communities with the help of more than a dozen college student mentors. Daquan is looking forward to expanding in five additional communities during the 2015-2016 school year, which will serve more than 60 youth participants, and involve over 20 college mentors.”




Winners of the 2015 Peace First Prize will be announced this fall, and will receive a $25,000, two-year Fellowship to further their peacemaking work. The Fellowship includes networking, mentoring, and resources to invest in the long-term capacity of winners as peace-leaders of the world.


Daquan Oliver's Peace First Submission



About Peace First

Peace First is an organization that recognizes and celebrates young people for the peacemaking initiatives they have implemented in their communities. Modeled as the "Nobel Peace Prize" for young people, the Peace First Prize launched in 2013 to award 8-22 year-olds for their peacemaking projects. In a world where school shootings, bullying, and violence have become common news headlines, Peace First is here to share the inspirational stories of our applicants and to portray the positive change that young people can make. Stay connected by following Peace First onFacebook and Twitter.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 08/07/2015 03:00