The PURPOSE of THE BLACK ECOSYSTEM is to be the thought leader that will change the struggling Black ecosystem by meeting basic needs of the community through its programs. A strong focus in improving mental health is at the core of all of our training.
We serve African American at-risk teens who see violence, imprisonment, drug use, and social injustice on a regular basis. Our projects are centered around empowering Black communities mentally, physically and financially. we want to see
C.H.A.N.G.ECommunity Helping Achieve Notable Growth & Empowerment
The goal is to bring the community together to address issues and provide solutions for the poverty, violence and family issues that are faced on a daily basis.
Our VISION is to be the catalyst of positive change for struggling communities by providing solutions that will allow for a thriving ecosystem.
Our MISSION is to be the connector of resources to help create a better life through hands on entrepreneur training, e-commerce, self-improvement programs and internships that provide the gateway to sustainability.
THE BLACK ECOSYSTEM is dedicated to pulling together resources to create self-sustainable programs. Through our programs the participants receive lifelong support.
Rise Collection is the first e-commerce store in the Nation created to decrease poverty through Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment. Our unwavering belief is that decreasing poverty will decrease violence. This store is ran by teenagers from Chicago’s most plighted communities. They decided to unite to become Entrepreneurs instead of becoming another statistic. By purchasing their apparel designs you are helping them meet their basic needs as well as pay for their educational and life goals.
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We are now accepting applications for our next 16-week cohort beginning November 5th, 2019. The selected students will assist with developing a very special perfume line called “Immortal” which pays homage to Henrietta Lacks. THE BLACK ECOSYSTEM has been given exclusive creative control over this project and we are overly excited to work with Alfred Lacks, Henrietta’s grandson. Oprah Winfrey starred as Henrietta in the film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and she is thrilled about the project!
Alfred Lacks, one of the Directors of THE BLACK ECOSYSTEM and Oprah Winfrey.Apply