Improve the economic security of vulnerable Native American families in New Mexico by supporting and empowering Native entrepreneurs and business owners through leadership and technical skills training and developing networks to connect them with role models, resources and like-minded peers
Improve the economic security of low- to moderate-income Navajo children by supporting a network of public and private partners across New Mexico to cultivate educational, career and entrepreneurship opportunities among Navajo youth, creating pipelines into high quality jobs and businesses
Improve economic security of vulnerable children and their families in New Mexico to increase access to affordable capital of low income entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color and immigrant families through developing and scaling innovative capital products by providing a program related investment
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.
Myrna Austin (left), Early Childhood Connections family coach, Susan Clark (middle), Early Childhood Services director for the Calhoun Intermediate School District, and Erika Burkhardt (right), ECC assistant superintendent, look on as kids play at Mill Race Park in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation Executive Director Jorge Zeballos discusses the center’s Coaching for Community Transformation program with Jackie Hallahan, a KCC staff member.
Keondra Owens with her children (left to right) Precious, 4, Paris, 6, and Keon’tre, 8, at their home in Battle Creek, Michigan. Precious enrolled in preschool at Harvest Learning Center this past year.