We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Plutus Foundation’s Fall 2022 grants. We continue to be excited by the quality of programs we see in the submissions and present to you the three recipients for this round.
Here are the grant recipients for the Fall 2022 cohort.
Clear Money Camp
This program will serve high school seniors on a college prep track from under-resourced communities in Georgia. Clear Academy Inc, will host a virtual camp to inform students about the power of investing. The virtual camp will take place over the course of a month, for 2-3 hours per week for a total of 12 hours of learning.
The camp will explore basic investing topics such as stocks, compound interest, ETFs, and dividends. Students will explore investing topics through the use of interactive workshops and Fintech apps. Students will also implement the knowledge gained by opening their own brokerage account to make their first investment.
About the Founder
Kendra Denmark, M.Ed. is a Macon, Georgia native with aspirations to change the world, one youth at a time through education and financial empowerment. With over 15 years of experience of working with students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in higher education settings, she has a proven track record of helping students create and achieve their personal, financial and academic goals.
Her financial pitfalls ignited her passion to help others by creating Clear Academy Inc. It is a non-profit organization that provides financial education to youth and young adults to give them a jump start at securing their financial futures. It is her life’s mission to impact communities. She proclaims “In the midst of despair, remain faithful to the dream.”
A Woman’s Wealth: A Woman’s Road to Financial Freedom
A Woman’s Wealth will hold a 9-week workshop to equip women with financial literacy skills so that they may leave the program confident and in control of their financial futures. They will serve teenage mothers, single mothers, formerly incarcerated women and other underserved/underprivileged women in Ohio who are eager to learn about financing and entrepreneurship.
They are passionate about helping women achieve financial freedom and autonomy. They teach financial literacy skills so that their participants will have the tools to balance their budgets, build investments, secure a home, fund their children’s education, and ensure an income for retirement.
About the Founder
Shanelle Boyd is a certified Spiritual Life Coach, and the Founder and Executive Director of Women to Woman. She is a proud mother to two beautiful children. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management and Marketing and her MBA and later went on to earn her M.S. in Human Services. She obtained her Spiritual Life Coaching certification from Inner Visions under the direction of Iyanla Vanzant.
As a mother at the age of 17, she experienced many of the struggles and heartaches that she sees in the women she serves. Those experiences are what have helped mold her into the person that she is today. She has overcome the inner and outer hardships that led her to build Women to Woman.
Economic Independence Youth Anthology Workshop
The Economic Independence Youth Anthology Workshop provides an opportunity for Black youth under 18 and living in Minnesota to become educated on important financial topics while also providing their artistic viewpoints on those topics.
The program will serve to:
● Inspire, equip, and train young BIPOC literary artists to use the arts as a strategic tool for financial literacy, education, and empowerment
● Elevate leaders in the community by providing opportunities for them to educate youth about
important financial topics
● Create a community of young content creators who recognize the value of economic
independence and view themselves as leaders on this topic
At the end of the three-month program, the participants will submit 1,000 words or less as prose, poem, fiction, or creative nonfiction on the topic of “Economic Independence”. A community panel of judges will choose 25 young artists to be published in the Youth Anthology and the artists will receive an honorarium provided by the Plutus Foundation.
About the Founder
Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought-after speaker, and advocate for racial justice. She is committed to inspiring and equipping future leaders and creating new pipelines to success for all students. She was born and raised in Rondo, an economic engine which at its peak housed over 400 Black-owned businesses. When it was severely impacted by displacement due to the Federal Highway system, she felt compelled to not only right that wrong through her law degree, but to cultivate a Black ecosystem and the power of entrepreneurship.
Witnessing the effects of illiteracy with her clients in prison, she became committed to bridging the literacy gap and promoting diversity in books in order to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and remove a key entry point into the tangled web of mass incarceration. Her fresh and relevant insights into leadership and justice have been featured in a variety of media outlets. She is a prolific, award-winning author of multicultural books. Her #1 International Best Selling book Justice Makes a Difference has reached 9 countries and 36 of the 50 U.S states. It is empowering BIPOC youth all over the world to become community superheroes and plant seeds of justice.
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