Remove barriers to employment for low-income workers, particularly those in communities of color, and promote better financial protections for all low-income workers through public advocacy and education efforts crafted around rigorous research and analysis
Increase the scale and impact of innovations in basic skills development, asset development and parental support and engagement for low-income families through partnerships with major corporations and key institutions
Provide funds to sponsor a charitable event, Catalyzing Inclusivity in Incubators and Accelerators, to discuss barriers to women and minority entrepreneurs in incubators and accelerators and strategies to increase their participation rates in these organizations
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.