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Jake Sasseville: a new type of talk show host

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2009 17:03

VC: You are a motivational speaker and have spoken at many high schools and camps. What do you talk about and why is this important to you?

JS: I talk about really living your dream. I think so many people get stuck and they feel themselves getting stuck and they don't know what to do about it. What they have to do is go deep inside and find what makes them passionate. So many people allow external things to build their life for them, such as their parents telling them to be a doctor and they don't really want to be a doctor, they want to be an artist. Because I'm so young and I'm living my passion and people are funding me and people are working with me, it gives me an opportunity to share some of my experiences. I've been very fortunate and lucky.

VC: What can you tell me about the Xander Foundation?

JS: The Xander Foundation was created in memory of my brother Alex who passed away from cancer when he was 13 and I was 17. After he passed away, I knew I wanted to make a foundation that would help children and their families in life-threatening situations. So the Xander Foundation has become a global coalition of youth helping young people and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa.

VC: You recently MC'd at the University of Vermont as part of the Crocs Next Step Campus tour. What was it like being part of the tour and did you enjoy it?

JS: I really enjoyed it and they're having me back in 2008 and we're filming the show again on location.

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