The State of Project Still I Rise: October 2020

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Project Still I Rise Newsletter | October 2020

National Youth Chamber of Commerce There is an increasing interest among youth

Starting and expanding a small business remains a serious challenge,

and the gig economy to promote youth

especially for disadvantaged youth. Obstacles include the lack of access

entrepreneurship. Young people who start

to information, financial investment, marketing, advocacy, pre/post-startup

new enterprises are creating jobs for

education, business development support, and administrative hurdles.

themselves and reaching their personal goals. However, the lack of experience and

The Why

resources means that many of these efforts fail during the first few months of operation. Young entrepreneurs' needs have emerged

Project Still I Rise has been at the forefront of youth entrepreneurship. Therefore, Project Still I Rise sees it very essential to tailor the delivery of ongoing support for youth entrepreneurs' by developing the National Youth Chamber of Commerce.

as a critical priority that is currently unmet. To reduce youth enterprises' failure rate and address critical issues, it is incumbent upon our community to support young entrepreneurs by providing training, technical assistance, micro-investing and building a network to leverage. For information on program objectives, visit to learn more.

Program Kickoff - November 21, 2020 Featured Author: David Miller, “Brooklyn’s Finest - The Green Family Farm Registration: Once registered, you receive a personal link to view the discussion or view it on Facebook on the PSIR page.

About I Read To Lead Launched in 2019 through a collaborative partnership, the I Read To Lead program explores the challenges and opportunities of everyday life through the lens of popular literature. This program has a designed goal of exposing students to books and authors that are culturally relevant. Back again for a second year, PSIR has stepped up to bring this exciting program to you in a virtual format. While we are amid COVID - 19, the discussion of each book will be virtual. You must be registered to receive a complimentary copy of the book through the mail.Â

Pillars of PSIR STEM, Literacy, and Entrepreneurship!

Recap: Virtual Summer Camp 2020 The 2020 Virtual Summer Camp presented by PSIR featured previous PSIR program participants imparting knowledge on various subjects like an introduction to engineering, biology, Java and HTML coding. Presenters also explored the importance of studying abroad, the groundwork for entrepreneurship and more. Replays can be viewed at

Special Message

Dear Friends of Project Still I Rise, For my birthday this year, I'm raising money for Project Still I Rise (PSIR). Those of you who know me understand how much this organization means to me. I'm proud of the work being done through PSIR and incredibly proud of our Alumni students giving back to the organization. Donations received from this fundraiser will go towards our Urban Scholars program. This year PSIR was able to award 12 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Project Still I Rise Founder

The goal for 2021 is to do the same. Through the contributions of our outstanding board members and

supporters, we have almost met that goal. I am here to close the gap with my birthday fundraiser. Also, I'm on a personal mission to top one of our board members. Will you help me complete this goal by November 11, 2020? We have scholars, "Depending on Your Dollars." We can accept your donation on our website at

Kevin Mondy, PSIR Executive Programs Director

U rb an S ch ol ar s

I Read to Lead Project Still I Rise Inc.

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