The Center for Social Entrepreneurship of Jackson, Mississippi, has begun developing a pathway for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations to become economically self-sufficient. The project is funded by a $56,841 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
The plan will establish community wealth-building strategies through technical assistance for families and residents who live in West Jackson, specifically the iVillage neighborhood.
“The problem in our neighborhood is that unemployment is high, education is low, and residents and infrastructure continuously age. Business development has suffered due to a low percentage of skilled and certified workforce. It’s time to reverse the trend,” said Shante Crockett, executive director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
The 9-month planning process will result in an implementation plan to foster wealth-building tools via entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workforce development training. Surveys and assessments will determine the community’s needs, interests, and concerns. Crockett states, “this planning period will result in a comprehensive plan that provides a framework and logistical structure to make the implementation stage a proven success.”
“While the implementation plan will focus on technical assistance for micro-businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents participating in our workforce development programs, we expect to see an overall change in the participant’s perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors in their financial security,” Crockett said.