ENTREPRENEURSHIP, FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT, AND EXPOSURE TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAREERS ON TAP FOR BLACK AND BROWN SCHOLARS IN KING COUNTY
The Liberated Village, a program of the Liberation and Healing from Systemic Racism (LHSR) initiative, has selected Faith Finance Center, under the direction of Devin Stubblefield, as one of its 19 programs to serve Black and Brown scholars, ages 13-19, in King County.
Elevate Scholars, operating under the umbrella of Faith Finance Center, seeks to address systemic racism through economic empowerment. The principals of Elevate Scholars hold strong beliefs that both social and economic health are critically important for making progress as a people.
Elevate Scholars is a combined effort from three business owners of King County based organizations –Faith Finance Center, Seatown Consulting, and IT Community Connections. All three organizations are headed up by Seattle natives that were educated at Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington.
Elevate Scholars is focused on student empowerment and preparing Black and Brown scholars for success by giving them the tools they need to blaze their own path with knowledge, confidence, and support.
The program will feature educational training and enrichment in Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and Information Technology.
The entrepreneurship training will help scholars learn the process of how to start their own business, including tech and traditional businesses. Scholars will learn how to generate new business ideas, create an executive summary, business plan, financial projections, and investor presentations. Scholars will develop the skills to generate, validate, develop, and launch their business.
The financial empowerment training will help scholars to learn about financial decision-making, budgeting, spending, planning, banking, debt management, savings strategies, and the basics of investments. The program will help each of the scholars to develop their own savings plan to get a jumpstart on financial goals that they will set. The scholars will explore current options of FinTech apps designed to help them learn how to manage their money through technology.
The scholars will also be exposed to information technology career opportunities in a variety of industries, disciplines, and subject matter experts by way of company tours and interactive sessions. Scholars will learn about information technology, software development, and career exploration.
If you know of King County based Black and Brown scholars that may have an interest in participating in the Elevate Scholars program, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.liberatedvillage.com/Faith-Finance-Center to apply.