Over this past weekend, NAACP units from all over the country convened to attend the 2nd Annual Train the Trainer at the Financial Freedom Center, headquarters for the NAACP National Economic Department. Train the Trainer is an annual weekend long program that equips NAACP units with the knowledge and tools to engage in economic education and advocacy work in their local communities.
Blog — Economic Opportunity
The October edition of The Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues has been released. The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is distributed the 15th of every month to all 1,200 units. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way!
Over the weekend, The Nielsen Company released “The State of the African American Consumer”, a groundbreaking report projecting African Americans buying power at 1.1 Trillion dollars annually by 2015. To illustrate how massive this figure is, if African Americans purchasing power equated to a country’s GDP, we would be the 16th largest country in the world! This blog explores how as a collective, African Americans can leverage our economic power by way of supporting black owned businesses to foster community economic development.
In the second part of our three part series, "Chasing the Dream",Yehwroe Sinyan and Isabel Lorenzo discuss the often untold story of the the various economic challenges many black immigrants face upon arriving to the United States.
Economic Program Intern and Howard University Senior, Isabel Lorenzo, reflects on her summer experience with the NAACP Economic Department, some of the skills she, other interns and volunteers gained, and the utility of these skills for school, the workplace and public service.
Former NAACP legal intern Yolanda Melville weighs into the debate around college affordability and the big question, "is college really worth it?"
On Saturday, July 21, 2012, The National NAACP Economic Department and Environmental and Climate Justice Department will bring its Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initiative provides economic education and resources to communities of colors financially devastated by the Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.
Today, the NAACP Economic Department will host the mini summit, “Economic Opportunities in Our Communities” at the National Convention in Houston, Texas. The summit will feature panels focusing on community economic development and entrepreneurship. The panelists' PowerPoint presentations can be found here.
The NAACP Economic Department will host a mini summit entitled “Economic Opportunities in Our Communities” on July 9 at the NAACP Annual Convention.
The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage (www.naacp.com/econ) to view the June 15th Edition!
Last week, you were introduced to GTL intern blogger, Corissa S. Deadwyler. This week, we are excited to introduce you to our other GTL intern blogger, Michael C. Childress, a senior accounting major at Miles College. Read more to learn about who he is, his road to securing a place in the GTL program and how he intends to be an advocate for racial economic equality in the finance industry throughout his internship and beyond!
Today, the NAACP Economic Department launches the blog series "The Intern Chronicles: A Day in the Life of a Gateway to Leadership (GTL) Intern". Meet our first intern, Corissa Deadwyler, a finance and accounting major at Alabama A&M University. Her first blog titled, "Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)", talks about who she is, why she is interested in finance and how she intends to be an advocate for racial economic equality in the finance industry throughout her internship and beyond!
End of last month, Nicole Kenney, Economic Program Specialist and Yehwroe Sinyan, Economic Education Coordinator, presented at the 2012 Gateway to Leadership Orientation. Gateway to Leadership (GTL) is a workplace diversity initiative that seeks to bridge the minority representation gap in the field of finance. Beginning in the summer of 2007, this program has connected approximately 120 students with resources and job placements necessary to build solid foundations in their chosen field.
The Tides Foundation, in conjunction with the NAACP Economic Department has released a Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP presents micro-grant opportunities for any and all compliant units within the NAACP network that are interested in engaging in economic education and advocacy work in the communities they serve. Selected units must be able to meet specific performance measures which are directly connected to the National Economic Department’s vision and 2012-2013 objectives.
In Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, author Chris Rabb explores the hidden factors that influence business viability when hard work, a great idea, and a good attitude are simply not enough. Nicole Kenney and Isabel Lorenzo, at the NAACP Economic Department, interviewed Mr. Rabb about invisible capital and how to leverage it to democratize entrepreneurial opportunity towards greater social inclusion, economic sustainability and community wealth-building.