We are aiding the discovery of multiple pathways to financial independence and social freedom.
Community members who have been able to move to a stage of wealth building say it is because of:
* Opportunities for a solid education
* Learning how to invest
* Being able to purchase property
* The ability to participate in entrepreneurship (which is one of the leading employment factors in the US economy today)
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Program is a culturally relevant, comprehensive initiative designed to empower individuals and break the cycle of poverty. The program goes beyond providing basic necessities and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, embraces cultural perspectives and fosters active citizenship, promoting a sense of belonging and making a meaningful difference within the community. Learn More
Less than ½ of last years Sr. class applied for financial aid despite our state having one of the best financial aid opportunities in the Nation. This Campaign is designed to boosts college and financial aid application rates in Washington by helping high school seniors and their families complete applications for college admissions and financial aid. Learn More
Facilitates the first steps in the journey to food sovereignty. Cultural connection through sustainable urban gardening practices. Teaches culturally relevant gardening techniques that resonate with diverse communities. Includes container gardening adaptable to limited spaces and vertical gardening for urban environments. Learn More
Art therapy program that recognizes diverse artistic expressions . Utilizes the painting of garden buckets as a means of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth Incorporates cultural symbols, motifs, and storytelling within the artistic process. Supports individuals from various cultural backgrounds in overcoming challenges and fostering resilience. The painted buckets are used in conjunction with the urban gardening program container sustainable gardening as a food source. Learn More
Starting a small business? Make sure you get each of the crucial steps. We take you step by step through the Small Business Checklist and Legal Requirements Learn More
By knowing what comes next, you aren’t left to guess about the home buying process. You can make informed, sound decisions that help you reach your goal.
You also know how to ensure that you are mortgage-ready. You’ll know exactly what documents you need to give to the underwriter so you can get approved quickly. Learn More
The world has changed in a way that requires everyone to THINK like an entrepreneur.
Participants will develop entrepreneurial skills that will help them approach changing environments to live effective and successful lives.
THE SHIBA REPORT
The Term SHIBA, is the acronym used to represent our focus on the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA)
The SHIBA Report is very comprehensive. It provides a detail view into the real numbers and facts that impact and impede Black families from realizing the dream of homeownership.
A living-wage income is a first and extremely important step to building wealth. But it cannot be the endgame when thinking about building inter-generational wealth. To advance economic equity, we must move beyond focusing on poverty reduction and living-wage job opportunities to focusing on wealth creation. *
Many of our country’s lowest-income workers turn to self-employment as a means of creating a job or supplementing a low-wage job. Entrepreneurship can be a pathway out of poverty, but many entrepreneurs are in need of support.
Overall, African American households are less likely to own a business than white households, and if they do, the business is, on average, eight times less valuable than a white owned business. One cause of this disparity is lack of access to capital and not having the relevant knowledge or mentor-ship as primary barriers to starting a business. **
Competing with white-owned business where access to capital is readily available and often secured by property, leads to a dead end cycle when property ownership is out of reach.
- Voices Rising: African American Economic Security in King County https://byrdbarrplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/VoicesRising_report_2017.pdf
** Wiedrich, Kasey, Sims, Jr, Lebaron, Weisman, Holden, Rice, Solana and Brooks, Jennifer (2016). The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families. Retrieved from http://assetsandopportunity.org/assets/pdf/2016_Scorecard_Report.pdf.
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