Secure the Bag: Pathways to Economic Equality
Did you know that youth in low-income communities 16-24 have the highest rates of unemployment? Aside from the barriers of violence, crime, food deserts, and failing schools- Poverty is the pre-curser to all of these social determinants that block young people from low-income communities from success. How can young people " Get out the Hood" if there isn't an abundance of opportunities to do so? The transition from childhood to adulthood is not easy; it comes with many responsibilities and can be very tough if you are underprivileged or misguided.
Let’s talk about it! What are the barriers to success, why is financial literacy important to creating generational wealth and how can young people access career readiness and internships? These opportunities are becoming more scarce as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and young people WANT to WORK! They want independence, to help with family expenses and they want to fund their futures.
#SaveSYEP and other advocacy efforts have made it clear that youth employment should be made a priority and readily available to the communities that need it the most. Race and Economics have always been indicators of success, young people deserve a chance to change the narrative and be provided with actualizing their potential and reach past the stars.
Youth Town Hall Video
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Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB)
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Henry Street Settlement
Intergenerational Change Initiative
Children of Promise, NYC
Madison Square Boys and Girls Club
New Economy Project
The Lit Network
Young Boss Media
In 2012, Dilim Dieke graduated with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies and Economics from Arizona State University. In 2015, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. Currently, Dilim is a program manager at Big and Littles Mentoring in New York City where she works as a licensed social worker supporting low income children and families. She also serves as a field instructor for MSW interns.
Dilim has over six years experience in case management, counseling, event planning, and program development; working within government, nonprofit, and education sectors. She is dedicated to advancing access and equity for underserved communities and empowering individuals to live a purposeful and authentic life.
Before joining the social service and non-profit sectors, Dilim led an academic enrichment program that helped middle school students develop strong educational and socio-emotional skills. She also provided resources for international students by assisting them with tools to help navigate their first-year of college.
In 2017, Dilim co-founded a young professional organization, the LIT Network, dedicated to teaching, investing, and transforming women of color.
Dipabali Chowdhury is a learning and development specialist at a Fortune 500 tech company based in New York City, where she creates, coaches, and leads training sessions that focus on a client’s potential through management and leadership. She has over six years experience recruiting, coaching, and developing individuals to help them advance their skills while working within government, nonprofit, and private sector entities. Dipabali was also a Flatiron Career Coach at a WeWork company, helping software engineers find meaningful work after participating in a coding Bootcamp.
As a first-generation college graduate, Dipabali ensures access and equity are the cornerstones of everything she attempts to accomplish. Before joining the tech world, she worked with underrepresented students and helped them navigate the high school and college application process.
In 2017, Dipabali co-founded a young professional organization for women of color, the LIT Network. She is a New York City native and has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.
Workshop: Personal Branding Workshop for Youth of Color - Identifying your Passions, Skills, Strengths, & Values for Career Success
Workshop Description: Did you know that 95 % of recruiters think that the job market is going to get more competitive, and job seekers that stand out are likely to benefit? In this workshop, we will help you identify and explore your unique brand (passions, strengths, skills, values, knowledge, and experiences) so you gain clarity on your ideal career path and stand out in a competitive job market. Come learn about the importance of personal branding during the job search process and how to effectively communicate your unique brand story in 30 seconds or less.
Registration link: https://zoom.us/join Date: March 17, 2021 from 5 – 6 PM
The Lit Network
LIT stands for Live In Truth everything that this network encompasses. We want to make sure that we as women of color are doing the inner work to find what we are truly connected to and then finding a way to live that life despite what anyone thinks. It just so happens that when you combine these words, the acronym is LIT – something that is authentic to us as people of color, vibrant, and a real testament to living in our truth which is at the core of the work that we’re doing.
The LIT Network is a community where women of color are accepting of everyone’s journeys no matter how different they are from each other. It is a community where we can lean on each other and go through this journey together because we know it is far from easy.
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