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Development Corporation’ Community Economic and Neighborhood (SCENE)
Program focuses on strengthening the civic competency, assist individuals and families attain financial freedom, improve the local economy by promoting small enterprise development, amplify affordable housing opportunities, and achieving prosperity and sustainable communities. The five major program categories are the following:
SDC BUSINESS PROCESS
I. Affordable Housing and Real Estate
II. Community-Based Education &
III. Small Enterprise Development and
Exchange Center Programs
IV. Artistry and Creative Enterprise Program
V. Sustainable Agriculture – Food Program
I. AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
SDC is dedicated to creating decent, safe and cost-efficient housing opportunities within healthy family-focused neighborhoods by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action through a community building approach. We design, build, maintain and operate affordable housing for economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families living in both urban and rural settings. We mobilize public-private funds, financing mechanisms and impact investors to purchase vacant homes, build, rehabilitate and sell or rent the homes to low-to-moderate income households living in economically declining communities.
II. COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SPES Development Corporation – SDC is committed to achieving sustainable community development. Competency and leadership building is critical to creating sustainable communities and it is therefore considered a central component of our work. In keeping with our commitment, SDC has decided to launch the Community-Based Education and Development Program to catalyze sustainable change and prosperity in underserved communities. The CBED Program is divided into three components coordinated under the direction of the Small Enterprise Development and Exchange Center: Civic Competency and Leadership – HEROES program, Youth Service Learning – The New Champions program, and the Community Partnership Networking Event – The Buzz Hub program.
HEROES PROGRAM – CIVIC LEADERSHIP COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT
The HEROES Program is an eight-week leadership development program that focuses on a wide spectrum of individuals and community advocates. It provides a series of training and learning experiences to equip a cadre of community advocates for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in the community. The HEROES program promotes cross-line, multidisciplinary experiences that broaden participants’ understanding and help them discern strategies and acquire the necessary skills for controlling and managing complex development issues.
THE NEW CHAMPIONS PROGRAM – YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING
The CHAMPIONS youth program is an eight-months service learning and leadership after school program that engages young people ages 15 to 18 within the community, acknowledging the wider networks of peers, community and culture. It helps young people learn about themselves, others
and society through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. The engagement of students in service learning will help them acquire and improve on necessary leadership skills required of them upon graduation.
THE BUZZ HUB – COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP NETWORKING EVENT
Community Partnerships Network – THE BUZZ HUB is a considered a supplementary community program and is a monthly social networking event for community advocates, people interested in working with other groups to tackle social concerns. It is about creating a web of cooperative relationships between citizens that facilitate resolution of collective action problems and external bridging through an informal and pleasant setting.
III. SMALL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND EXCHANGE CENTER
The Small Enterprise Development and Exchange Center program (SEDEC) is a multi-partnership initiative between the public and the private sector to promote small and micro-enterprises among the socially and economically disadvantaged for economic empowerment. The SEDEC program aims to create and advance small businesses enterprises by assembling a consortium of interconnected business institutions, packaging a comprehensive service delivery, implementing a demand-driven strategy, and offering business incubation services.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
The purpose of the SEDEC program is to provide training and financial assistance to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and newly existing businesses that will create entrepreneurial opportunities or jobs for low-to-moderate income persons. The program is especially interested in assisting entrepreneurs who are, or businesses that are owned by low-to-moderate income persons. Moreover, the program objectives are to address poverty and economic decline through small business and micro-enterprise development. Women, veteran and the disabled empowerment are an essential part of the program to increase their participation in entrepreneurship.
SEDEC’s Business Incubator offers an “All-in-One” program that include incubator, accelerator, and co-working environment designed to suit small and micro businesses with varying levels of business development services. Overall, the proposed incubator features facility space, flexible leases, shared use of common office equipment, direct business assistance and guidance, mentoring, networking to capital, access to bank loans, loan funds and guarantee programs, access to angel investors or venture capital, help with presentation skills, and other technical commercialization assistance. SDC has developed a network of strategic partners to support the
incubator client needs. The intention is to serve approximately six to ten clients at a time within the incubator.
The Entrepreneurial Lab (EL) is a leadership training program designed for a select cohort of individual entrepreneurs inspired to start or expand their business enterprise. The lab courses are geared toward guiding entrepreneurs who are interested in launching, building, leading or advancing innovative entrepreneurial organization in a competitive business environment. The lab themes examine new enterprise development and management issues, key components of new venture creation – evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities, writing and presenting effective business plans, applying various funding mechanisms, and developing growth and exit strategies, etc., with a special emphasis on the impact of the creative industry, local economy, technology, capital, and labor markets and the opportunities and constraints facing start-ups.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Employment Express Lane - Training and Employment Program (EEL) provides workforce training, education and other supports that result in industry-recognized credentials and competitive employment outcomes for persons served. This is achieved in partnership with state and private agencies and through continuous employer engagement. The EEL program is specifically designed to help clients achieve successful careers. All instruction is competency-based and each program is updated regularly with the assistance of SDC’s Workforce Development Advisory Committee to ensure that it meets current business and industry needs. Clients enrolled in the EEL may access education and workforce support services and to assist them in achieving their goals. In addition, clients will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills by completing an internship near the end of most training programs.
Job Spy is an employment service program that provides out-of-work individuals, especially veterans, disabled, women and artists with access to career development and networking opportunities. Our services comprise job search, training, referral and placement services for part-time or permanent work in various industries. We may supply services to potential employers or the prospective unemployed. SDC thrives to create relationships with several large employers for whom we screen and place job seekers for both temporary and permanent positions. For the employer, services can involve all aspects of the recruitment process, including the formulation of job descriptions, screening and testing applicants, and checking references. Services to the employee include job-search assistance and training.
THE IMPRESSARIO NETWORKING SESSIONS (TINS)
TINS is a platform for small entrepreneurs to network with new businesses and showcase their products and services. The networking program consist of weekly coaching session where neophyte entrepreneurs are instructed on how to brand themselves using social media, cold canvassing, unsolicited proposals, match-making sessions and publicity among other marketing strategies.
They are encouraged to first participate in our Entrepreneurship Labs to acquire the needed skills to sell and manage their business. We also provide technical assistance such as product presentations to help them market their business individually, online and other through relationship building. A coaching session will typically take place as a conversation between our program coaches and the coachee (entrepreneurs being coached), and it focuses on helping the coachee discover answers for themselves.
VOC-TECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INCUBATOR PROGRAM
The Voc-Tech Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator program (VOTEC) aims to promote creativity, innovation and self-employment amongst vocational students. It promotes an innovative role for vocational schools as local hubs for entrepreneurship. The program focuses on creativity, providing participants the opportunity to produce new ideas and transform them into viable businesses, innovative products, inclusive social schemes, cultural events, adding value and contributing to the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of the local markets and communities. The program plans to attain the following objectives:
· Develop those personal attributes and generally applicable skills that form the basis of an entrepreneurial mindset and behavior;
· Raise students’ awareness of self-employment and entrepreneurship as possible career options;
· Work on practical enterprise projects and activities, for instance students running mini-companies;
· Providing specific business skills and knowledge of how to start and successfully run a company.
The program involves a multi-sectoral process that provides an opportunity for all stakeholders (teachers, employers, entrepreneurs, students, local authorities, community organizations) to come together and collaboratively be engage in findings and analysis to understand the role that entrepreneurship play in society and education.
STUDENT AND ADULTS FINANCIAL EDUCATION - FINANCIAL LITERACY (SAFE MONEY)
Safe Money (SM) is a conduit to our nation’s economic health. Our financial literacy programs help individuals cease to see finances as a barrier and instead view them as a tool to realize their dreams. SM empowers youth and adults to take control of their financial futures. It is a financial education program that incorporate all aspects of personal finance to give individuals the foundation they need to make informed financial decisions. SM is designed to support underserved individuals with a comprehensive set of resources, knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. The program offers student and adults with personal finance basics in areas such as saving, budgeting, credit and debt management, and investing. In addition to achieving financial self-sufficiency, the program causes individuals and families to become vested in and contribute to a healthy economic system nationally, regionally and in their own neighborhood.
IV. ARTISTISTY AND CREATIVE ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
The Artistry and Creative Enterprise program (ACE) is dedicated to the advancement of underserved communities by offering more-intense, specialized and transformative learning experiences to the public that result in an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural engagement. The program offers a blend of arts and cultural activities, interactive classes, studios and workshops that equip youth as well as adult participants with the needed skills to prosper and provide for a sustainable community.
The ACE program activities are instrumental in helping people and the community in general to overcome poverty and social exclusion by increasing knowledge and academic success, building skills and self-confidence, enhancing self-esteem and identity, overcoming cultural diversity and discrimination, creating employment opportunities, building networking opportunities, increasing access to information and services, and promoting social integration. SDC’s long-term strategic aim is to increase the number and range of practicing artists from culturally diverse communities; to improve access to a wide spectrum of arts and cultural activities for minority ethnic people and the general population and, crucially, improve employment opportunities in the arts for those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
ACE ARTS HUB – ACE
ACE Arts Hub is an after-school art learning center for low-income students ages 13-18 years of age. The program has separate classes for adults to learn arts. The goal of the arts program is to enrich the creative talent, improve the academic performance and artistic potential of students and adults through organized education.
LITERARY ARTS CONNECTION – ALL ABC
The goal is to promote reading and reduce illiteracy in the community. ALLABC focuses on improving reading and writing skills, connect readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature
ENTREPRENEURIAL LAB, EMPLOYMENT NETWORK AND ADVERTISEMENT CENTER – ELENA
The center serves as a hub and provide access, opportunities and training for young and adult people interested in the arts. The main purpose of the ELENA Center is to employ artist and artisans in various fields and connect them with performing opportunities.
FÊTES are multi-cultural events that promote the cultural heritage and history of the community through different arts form and entertainment. The events or festivals hosts a fine program of entertainment and makes a good occasion to increase visitor’s knowledge about the history and culture of the community where they are organized.
V. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE – FOOD HUB PROGRAM
The SDC Food Hub program combines market synchronization, aggregation, and distribution to address the most critical challenges faced by producers and buyers in getting local food to market. The food hub will enhance the production and sales of locally produced food through an integrated distribution system. This will improve the economic viability of agriculture in target communities, while expanding and strengthening the local economy. The food hub will help meet the growing demand for local food in the disenfranchised communities by linking local farms and value-added producers with grocers, restaurants, institutions, and other customers.
The goal of the Food Hub is to intensify the production and sales of local food in underserves communities to support a sustainable agricultural economy, support food security, and promote access to organically grown food at an affordable price. In achieving the proposed goals the Food Hub will:
· Implement innovative technologies for easy inventory management, sales, invoicing, and coordinated delivery
· Establish a cost-effective distribution system, including aggregation sites on each target location to increase food sales and access to regional markets
· Coordinate with transporters to ensure that local products are deliver safely to local and regional markets
· Connection local producers to regional markets, for example groceries, restaurants, institutions, etc.
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