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Many Black Empowerment Works grantees have made great progress in the four months since they received their investments, despite the ongoing pandemic.
January 8, 2021
Photo Credit: Nadia Ruffin and Chandler Glover of Agricademy recently launched their Black Empowerment through Agriculture Program, and are accepting applications. .

The progress shows perseverance and provides help to communities in a great time of need. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Approximately 13 local residents started new jobs through Black Empowerment Works-funded efforts, including the new Parent Engagement Program Coordinator at Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati and several staff members at the newly-owned Cozy Home Child Care and Learning Center in Avondale.
  • Four organizations completed their first rounds of programming with great success.
    • High Achievers Aim High successfully ran its first class of H.U.$.T.L.E Academy, providing six participants entrepreneurship training and paid mentorships with Black businesses.  
    • Mentoring Young Men engaged 20 third-grade boys and seven high schoolers through its summer program. The high schoolers served as mentors to the younger students.  
    • Easley Blessed Foundation concluded its first-ever summer program where students learned skills in photography, videography, and communications. The students created their own documentary on voting!  
    • Sweet Sistah Splash ran two entrepreneurship camps for kids, engaging a total of 23 students who each created their own products and learn very important life skills.  
  • Isaiah 55 Inc. distributed more than 200 container gardens to families in Mt. Auburn, Walnut Hills, Lincoln Heights, Avondale, Price Hill and the West End.  
  • DevonshireSmith Diversity and Education Solutions (DVS) forged partnerships with more than 30 colleges and universities that will provide impactful workshops to high school students, encouraging and supporting them along their path to post-secondary education.
  • Several organizations purchased necessary supplies/materials to carry out their work, including Empire Consulting, Agricademy, Gourd-geous Sacred Vessels and Cozy Home Childcare and Learning Center

The Black Empowerment Works program and Champions for Change process has drawn national and international attention.

Next up: building out the volunteering/mentorship arm of Black Empowerment Works. Project leaders are piloting the volunteering program with a select group of teams, and will roll out the full process after getting back quick results on the pilot.  

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