Taz Tagore and Adam Bucko founded the Reciprocity Foundation to enable homeless and high-risk youth and young adults to permanently exit the social services system and start meaningful, sustainable careers in the Creativity Economy (e.g. fashion, design, marketing, PR). The Reciprocity Foundation aims to build a national network of programs to enable homeless youth to enroll in college, secure hands-on work experiences and build a professional network in their field of interest. Currently, their work is focused on the thousands of homeless youth in New York City; in the future, the Reciprocity Foundation plans to expand into cities such Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin.

Tagore and Bucko have both experienced life under authoritarian governments in East Africa and Poland, respectively, and witnessed the damage it can cause to personal development. Since then, they have focused their careers on helping individuals achieve their full potential. Previously, Bucko led programs for homeless children and youth in India and America and Tagire focused on teaching creativity and entrepreneurship tools to business leaders and homeless youth. Adam earned a BA and MA from St. John’s University. Taz received a BS from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

To learn more, please visit www.reciprocityfoundation.org.