Showing 9 results for:


by Topic

All results

This Youth-Run, Jazz-Themed Supper Club Focuses On Giving Second Chances To Those That Are Ages 16 To 22

The power of second chances can be seen at Old Skool Cafe in San Francisco, CA.

Samantha Dorisca

May 22, 2023

'Shaq Gives Back' NFT Collection Rakes In $2M To 'Impact The Lives Of Countless Kids In Need'

We’ve seen various celebrities put their spin on non-fungible tokens (NFTs), but Shaquille O’Neal is doing things differently. On Dec. 21, Shaquille O’Neal confirmed on Instagram he would not only be launching an NFT collection but all proceeds would be going toward the Shaq Foundation, which partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Communities in Schools to help underserved children across the United States. “Ho ho ho! We are now live with the SHAQ GIVES BACK charity NFT collection on 🎄🎁 In the spirit of the holidays, all proceeds from the sale, and all royalties FOREVER will be going to the @shaqfoundation , raising money for underprivileged youth across the country. Thank you for helping us impact the lives of countless kids in need,” Shaquille O’Neal said on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Notables ( The “Shaq Gives Back” NFT collection featured on Notables debuted 10,000 unique tokens with images showing the former...

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 29, 2021

Melissa Allen Lands Executive Director Role At Accelerator Program Empowering The Youth

Furthering the success of the accelerator program League of Innovators (LOI), Melissa Allen will ring in the new year as the Executive Director. Melissa Allen will replace Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber who served for six years with the company. “Joanna’s leadership has paved a perfect path for whoever came next. And today we’re thrilled to share who will be taking up the baton,” Board Member Manny Padda said in a press release provided to AfroTech. “Melissa is above and beyond what we asked for and we can’t wait to see her join us in full capacity in the New Year. For the new Executive Director, our board wanted to find someone that’s restless about innovation and diligent about execution. Melissa’s background and references largely spoke to that.”

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 7, 2021

Lil Nas X, Cash App To Give Away $1M To Help Young People 'Take Control Of Their Financial Futures'

Lil Nas X is hoping to improve the financial futures of the youth through his partnership with Cash App. Earlier this month, the mobile payment service announced it would be catering to younger users, according to The Verge. Now, teens can create a Cash App account that allows them to send and receive money, among other features. It’s also worth noting that teens will need to have parental authorization before using the app along with certain parameters. To celebrate, Lil Nas X and Cash App will give $1 million to everyone ages 13 and up. “I’ve been on Cash App for years–and now it’s available to anyone 13+up!” Lil Nas X said in a tweet. “I know managing money as a teen can be tough & I’m thrilled more young people can take control of their financial futures w. @CashApp . We’re giving $1M to anyone 13+ so drop ur $cashtag + #CashApp13plus .” I’ve been on Cash App for years—and now it’s available to anyone 13+up! I know managing money as a teen can be tough & I’m thrilled more young...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 24, 2021

Rapper IDK And Credit Karma Want To Help You Wipe Out $10K In Outstanding Debt

Rapper IDK and Credit Karma are teaming up to encourage financial management. The partnership proves to be a full-circle moment for the American rapper who credits the personal finance company for teaching him the importance of credit and financial literacy, Forbes reports. Despite the rapper’s name standing for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge (IDK), his contributions to the partnership embody the complete opposite. Evidently, using his influence and stature to improve the lives of others is nothing new for the musician. As AfroTech previously reported, IDK was tapped to teach a 10-day music business crash course at Harvard University for entry-level industry leaders. Under the partnership, there will be an opportunity for contestants to secure a $10,000 prize to pay off the outstanding debt by competing in a contest. Participants who tap in will need to share their stories on how they collected debt and what steps they are implementing to eliminate their debt. Following the...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 5, 2021

How Dr. Rachel Angel Launched An App To Set Youth Of Color Up For Career Success

As a teenager, Dr. Rachel Angel hit the ground running, working full-time in addition to her role as a student. Navigating the difficulties of balancing both roles, she acknowledges built character, but she knew it would be critical to position herself in a high-paying job role she could succeed in. After a pivotal conversation with her classmate, she was then compelled to become a pharmacist. Upon graduating high school, Angel’s path would lead her to become a student at the University of Hampton, where she would eventually earn a d octor of pharmacy degree. She once again wore various hats during her tenure at the University, which included working two jobs at an assisted living facility and a pharmacy to begin developing her career path. Eventually, her efforts would lead her to serve as an intern, landing a job as a pharmacist. Despite finally securing a job role predestined by years of hard work, Dr. Angel felt crippling survivor’s guilt entering a space in which few Black...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 30, 2021

Rapper Trae Tha Truth Is Opening An Ice Cream Store To Hire Special Needs Youth

Trae The Truth is a man of the people and he continues to prove how much of a community leader he is with his entrepreneurial ventures. According to The Dallas Morning News, the hometown rapper has teamed up with a local ice cream shop, Howdy Homemade, to open his own franchise of the brand that will employ people with special needs. In an Instagram post, Trae announced that his latest business move will double as a charitable act of kindness that will emphasize the importance of supporting special needs young adults and give them a chance to be active in the workforce. “God Is Key!!! Im Proud To Announce Me & My Bro ( Rod ) @vortex_surgical Just Franchised To Open Our Own Ice Cream Shop!!,” he wrote in the caption of his post. “This Is Special Because We will Employ Special Needs Young Adults and Give Them A Opportunity To Work And Experience & Have a chance To Be Supported!! We hope to change the way the world looks at everyone. The Mission Is To Inspire And Bless Others With Our...

Njera Perkins

Jun 25, 2021

Following Her True Passion, CEO Elizabeth Lindsey Announces Transition From Byte Back to Urban Alliance

Byte Back CEO Elizabeth Lindsey is stepping down to take on the role as CEO of Urban Alliance, a national youth workforce development nonprofit. Byte Back is a tech inclusion nonprofit with presence across the DMV region. The nonprofit offers computer training, IT certification and career services for adults seeking careers in tech. Lindsey worked at Byte Back for five and a half years before thinking about the possibility of moving on. “I wasn’t actively looking for something at all,” Lindsey told AfroTech in a video interview. “I’ve always wanted to run a national organization and Urban Alliance has sites in D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit. It’s quite a bit larger than Byte Back and the work that Urban Alliance does is just so close to my heart.” Lindsey said the search firm that Urban Alliance hired reached out to her after the nonprofit’s current CEO, Eshauna Smith, recommended her for the lead role. She applied for the position and after two months of interviewing, she...

Michelai Graham

Mar 11, 2021

Actor Michael K. Williams is on a Mission to Help NYC Youth Secure Summer Jobs

While COVID-19 may have altered educational institutions across the country, it hasn’t eliminated the job market for young people. To keep young people active and motivated during this time, veteran actor and “The Wire” star Michael K. Williams is teaming up with nonprofit organization NYC Together to help source summer job opportunities for the youth of New York City, according to Because of Them We Can. This year, NYC Together will host a virtual program and employ youth to disseminate information to about 500,000 people residing in New York City. “The summer is almost here, y’all. And everybody from the hood knows that when school gets out, the murder rate goes up,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter. Here with an important message for y’all about Covid & its impact on NYC’s Black and Latino youth. To help them stay safe & healthy this summer, DONATE to @NYCTogetherOrg & you could win a private Zoom with me & other folks from The Wire! Donate here:

Njera Perkins

May 15, 2020