We are asking for your help to SAVE BROWN STUDENTS! Our mission is to develop the next generation of African-American entrepreneurs, one student at a time. For the past several years, St. Louis has consistently been ranked as the “Murder Capital of the United States”. Yet, St. Louis is also acknowledged nationwide as a hub for aspiring young business owners. LendingTree.com recently ranked St. Louis as one of the top ten major cities for young business founders; ranking St. Louis as number seven.
Urban Affair Review recently published a report citing a direct correlation between the number of black owned businesses and a reduction in violence amongst African-American youth. The author, Karen Parker a Sociologist Professor from the University of Delaware, indicated that a growth of African-American owned businesses was strongly linked to a reduction in black youth violence between 1990 to 2000. During this period, violent crimes committed by black youth across the country decreased by 29%.
Programs like ours can have a significant impact on the African-American community from a social and economic perspective. At Brownpreneurs, our desire is to empower students to dream ambitiously, live audaciously and hope beyond limits. Likewise, we want to develop a program to aid in combating the often-negative circumstances plaguing African-American youth.
But, we can’t do it without your help!