Blog — Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunities in Our Communities Mini Summit

The NAACP Economic Department will host a mini summit entitled “Economic Opportunities in Our Communities” on July 9 at the NAACP Annual Convention.


June 2012 Edition of the Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

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!


The Intern Chronicles: A Day in the Life of A GTL Intern

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!


The Intern Chronicles: A Day in the Life of A GTL Intern

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!


Gateway to Leadership Internship Program Enters Its 5th Year

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.


NAACP Economic Dept Announces Economic Education and Advocacy Micro-grant Opportunity

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.


Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity

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.


May 2012 Edition of the Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

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 May 15th Edition!


Chasing the Dream: The Black Immigrant Experience

Chasing the Dream: The Black Immigrant Experience is a three part series, written jointly by Isabel Lorenzo and Yehwroe Sinyan of the NAACP Economic Department. As children of black immigrants, we felt it was important to provide insights into the migration experiences of this unique demographic. The three articles of the series will highlight the following: 1) An introduction to the Black Immigrant 2) An evaluation of the challenges that Black Immigrants face in the 21st century, and 3) Recommendations on how all people of African descent can work collectively to advance social and economic justice in the 21st century.


NAACP Financial Freedom Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

For the NAACP, April is a historic month. April 4, 1968, civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while advocating against economic injustice, a fundamental tenet of his Poor People’s Campaign. The Campaign called on the federal government to provide a stronger safety net for the poor because Dr. King recognized economic justice as intractably linked to racial justice. Continuing this call for economic justice, the NAACP re-affirmed economic issues as central to advancing equality and on April 4, 2011, the NAACP opened the Financial Freedom Center (FFC), the headquarters for the NAACP Economic Department.


March 2012 Edition of the Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

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 March 15th Edition!


Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency

Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.


NAACP’s Financial Advocacy and Community Tour (F.A.C.T.): Know the Facts Takes to the Road

The National NAACP Economics Department will take its Financial Freedom Center program to the communities of six states in March, April and May to help boost the economic recovery of local residents hardest hit by the great recession and growing economic inequality.


Why the NAACP Image Awards Matter for Economic Justice

Recently, I attended the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. The Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. You may be wondering why I, the Program Specialist for the Economic Department, attended the Image Awards, but the connection between media representations of black Americans and the black experience is closer linked to economic justice than you might realize.


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