eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. is excited to announce that the organization has finalized its developmental plans to launch what it calls “The Urban Leadership Lab™” in Durham this coming September. The initiative, described as a “social incubator,” seeks to align capable young men of color with access to the kinds of networking opportunities, jobs-training curricula, small business coaching, high-tech industrial resources, social development programs, and positive intellectual reinforcement that will help to best-equip our youth with the tools necessary to assist in the successful development and advancement of their career interests.
"The very core of our organization’s mission has been to support the needs of local communities that have suffered (and in many cases continue to suffer) as a result of disproportionately high rates of socio-economic displacement,” says T.J. Breeden, Founder & Executive Director. “While we’re honored to have received such a strong response to our efforts with respect to contributions made in support our veterans & military families (the White House’s 2012 “Champions of Change” award, and the SBA’s 2013 “Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year” award), I am are also accepting of the social responsibility to establish a supportive presence that will strengthen minority communities; specifically young men who, like myself, may find themselves at a point where they are struggling to identify and define the broadness of their own intellectual potential.”
A June 2013 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the national unemployment rate amongst men of color ages 16-27 is almost double that of the national average. The Urban Leadership Lab; in addition to serving as an outreach vehicle designed to amass the intellectual capital of local organizers, community & faith leaders, industry executives, university personnel, and city/state representatives; hopes to introduce programs that will spearhead opportunities to generate the kinds of constructive, communal discourse that will help identify new ways of engaging minority youth; ages 16-21.
“The word ‘lab’ is synonymous with environments that foster groundbreaking advancements… from a social and community perspective, our organization hopes to achieve just that through our Urban Leadership Lab™.”
“On behalf of eMerging Entrepreneurs, I’m excited to announce the inaugural convening of our "Champions" Speaker Series and Leadership Symposium, which will be held January 31st, 2014 at the Loews Madison Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. Our “Champions” program is a series of private 1-day conferences aimed at bringing together fellow recipients of the White House “Champions of Change” award, and some of the nation’s top influencers, leaders, service advocates, researchers, key legislators, medical specialists, and resources within the public & private sectors to develop and strategically enact programs designed to combat the socio-economic & health disparities that exists within the military community.
We created the “Champions” Series as a vehicle for intellectual collaboration; assembling leaders & advocates from across the country to exchange ideas and establish partnerships to advance veteran’s socio-economic issues. The private, 1-day symposiums which aim to bring together the nation’s top service leaders, military advocates, researchers, wellness specialists, and resources within the public & private sectors to develop and strategically enact initiatives designed to combat the socio-economic & health disparities that exists within the military community. The first convening will focus specifically on exploring the connections between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and veterans socio-economic issues; through which we hope to make meaningful strides in identifying solutions and resources that will aid in lowering suicides, unemployment, and homelessness.