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POWER IS THE ABILITY TOSELF-DETERMINEDEFINE OUR FUTURECHANGE THE SYSTEM

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Power-Building Academy

an entry point for community members who want to lead change

Chisholm’s Chair

a training initiative supporting Black and Latinx women as they explore publicly elected and appointed office

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Elevate/Elevar Accelerator

a 10-week entrepreneurship development program for Black & Latinx founders

Elevate/Elevar Capital

a community fund that invests $50,000-$200,000 in high growth businesses through revenue share agreements and loans

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Kiva Hub

zero interest loans for the people by the people

ELEVATE ESTL

a power-building campaign led by a collective of Black residents of East St. Louis City

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For Us, By Us, with Love

August 25, 2022 For Us, By Us, with Love By: Coral Bello-Martinez   What drew me to work in education? I wanted to become the teacher that I had needed when I was in high school.   I was born and raised in New York, and my middle school experience in Harlem was the best-like,…

We Have More Power Than We Recognize

August 4, 2022 We Have More Power Than We Recognize By: Jacqueline Person   You don’t know what I’m going through, and at the same time I don’t necessarily know that you don’t know what I’m going through. It’s complex, right? There’s so many dynamics and intricate details that go along with people: why they…

You Have a Future in This: How vision can help build a village

July 14, 2022 You Have a Future in This: How vision can help build a village   By: Tim Eleby (aka Tim the Caterer)   I’m a dreamer. I get a vision, see stuff happening in my mind’s eye, and then I follow it. So with Pure Catering, I pretty much knew it was gonna come,…