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Meet Jamie Yi of EduFREE in Plano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Yi.

Jamie, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We didn’t want academic resources and test preparatory materials to go to waste, so we tried to coordinate drives that would collect these resources once students were finished and donate them to low-income school districts. From there, we expanded to general sharing of knowledge and resources, and after registering for 501c3 status, we began expanding our team.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Some of the greatest struggles were just transportation and getting tax-exempt status.

EduFREE – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are known for hosting book drives for academic resources. We are different because we collect from some business but primarily students so no knowledge goes to waste. Since we and our partners attend or attend these schools, we have good understanding of incentives and connections.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Giving our books to a low-income school after our very first book drive.

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