Our Leadership Team has been working together consistently for most of that time. We are a 100% volunteer fueled non-profit.
Early on, SCP identified 3 impact areas–workforce development, business growth and community connections–that bind together around their common mission of promoting racial and economic equity. Our impact areas intersect as part of a thriving Ecosystem which is what the “(Eco)” refers to. Below are the programs that anchor each area of impact.
Designed to form relationships and understanding between our sister cities partnership residents. Based on the idea that relationships are at the heart of eliminating racial inequality.
We have produced over 30 of these events. We host (Eco)Exchange events on a monthly cadence, welcoming panelists and community members. In addition to these, there have been countless one-off events that bring people together around art, music and beach/surfing. We know anecdotally that North County residents and South County residents have connected to support one another.
This activity is critical to creating an expanding network of relationships that support SESD and normalize residents of neighboring communities visiting and being warmly welcomed to North County communities.
A digital agency built to provide workforce development for black youth. It’s goal is to give access to the earning power of the digital economy and provide a career trajectory or entrepreneurship opportunity for black youth in SESD.
The secondary goal of the (Eco)Agency is to provide marketing support to Black Women Entrepreneurs in our (Eco)Hub.
(Eco)Agency Workforce Partnerships are expanding our work: by collaborating with Connect The Dots from New York City. This marks the expansion of our workforce development programming and effort to impact disconnected black youth nationally.
An entrepreneurial ecosystem online and offline designed to help Black Women Entrepreneurs build their business into a generational wealth asset. Provides resources, people and mentoring to grow their business.
The SCP (Eco)Hub™ is a growing private online and offline Community of over 70 Black Women Entrepreneurs (BWE) who attended our inaugural “San Diego Black Women Entrepreneurs Summit” in November 2020 to January 2021. It is designed to be an intentional business ecosystem providing resources and services to BWE in a Community setting where a small business Entrepreneur can experience very robust operational support and move from Solo-preneur to a Team business model able to implement and sustain a growth strategy.
One of SCP’s leadership experts is an Executive who is working nationally with a large corporation on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Through his network we are able to access Corporate Executives with initiatives that dovetail with the SCP mission. We have designed a Corporate Social Responsibility program that gives Companies a way to support the work of Racial Equality and Economic Equity with financial investment. It also aggregates large professional Employee Resource Groups to bring their professional skills to our impact audience in a meaningful way.
The work of a non-profit is always to build the capacity to implement the mission. Sister Cities Project is at a point in our evolution where we will need financial partners to invest in our impact work. We are in active conversations about this for our impact areas with both corporate sponsors, banks and foundations. The funding will enable us to grow and sustain the infrastructure that is designed to fuel momentum in economic equity for black people and to cultivate relationships between residents of our Sister City partnerships.