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BA of the Week – Mandeep Minhas

Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

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Our Broke-Ass of the Week this time around is Mandeep Minhas.  An SF native who is trying to empower youth activism and get them involved in politics, public affairs, and service towards the community.  He’s a lot better of a person than I am.  No really, read what his occupation is.  Mandeep is trying to get books to kids in Africa, while I just drink too much and make poop jokes on the internet.  Keep up the good work Mandeep, now I feel like a chump.  For reals though, read below. This kid is going places.

Name: Mandeep Minhas

Age: 19.

Occupation: I’m a student who is studying government and law. But I’m too much of a broke-ass to make it class everyday so I decided to commit myself to educational opportunity and student empowerment with emphasis on student organizing, social justice advocacy, policy work, and with environmental foundations. I’m the co-founder and chair of Global Amity, an organization that empowers people to bring about literacy rate improvement through community action and social networking. Through that organization I’ve helped foster the education of children around the globe, with focus on the African continent. By uniting attendees through awareness, activism, and service, I have built the political and social community and helped push forward the groups shared values and goals. Over the past six months, Global Amity raised tens of thousands of dollars to supply textbooks in Mali, Chad, Niger, and Guinea. Through this commitment I learned that fewer funds were being allocated towards developing children’s literacy in ten countries located in the African continent because of the recent global financial crisis. In response I developed a strategic plan to provide at least one thousand children around the globe the luxury of classroom textbooks to assist in raising the literacy rate. I’m also an Outreach Director for the Barack Obama 2012 campaign, always fired up and ready to bring about that Hope and Change.

What neighborhood do you live in?: Born & raised in San Francisco, California but currently attending college in Texas. (No, they don’t ride horses to school every day…I was disappointed to learn that as well.)

What are you listening to these days?: To be honest a lot of NPR and CNN. When I’m not working I allow myself to stream random songs on YouTube…YouTube’s a broke-ass dreams come true. I still got my money on Frank Ocean to save R&B.

Best money saving tip: If you live in a city where there is public transportation like Muni or BART, utilize it. If you have a car then you’re only wasting money on gas and possible tow fees…believe me, it’s happened. Plus you’ll be saving the environment and saving the world and all that other good stuff.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Love. Seriously.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My education, that ish is expensive.

How’d that feel?: No regrets so far, it’s all in the scholarships right now. Law school is looming in a year so I’m looking forward to making at least a $200,000 dent to my future loan balance.

Favorite cheap eat: Hands down, there’s this nice place in San Francisco off Broadway called Great Sandwiches. Actually I have no idea what it’s called but they have great sandwiches. The guy who runs it is named Tony so I guess it’s called Tony’s Great Sandwiches.

Favorite dive bar: I don’t drink and I probably never will (I bet reading that probably killed your liver, Stuart).

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Any Apple products I have purchased throughout the last five years of my life have made me a better person. Apple brings out the philosopher in me.

Favorite free thing to do: Go to the beach and read a book. You can’t beat that San Francisco Coastline. Love it.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: I would take Global Amity and turn it into a legitimate nonprofit. I would make it rain books in Africa.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Hell yeah I do. The world is full of folks that are more broke-ass than me so I’m dedicated in making their life a little better. For the most part I get to do what I want and when I want to, which is the only way to live life. My only advice to folks who are not in love with their lives is to take a vacation, they help a lot.

Do you own my book?: Probably not, the only books I’ve bought in the past couple years cost at least $200.

Best hangover cure: Not drinking.

Are you a hipster?: To the max.

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  1. Diane
    February 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Global Amity sounds like a cool organization!!

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    February 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    yeah it does!