T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

The T.D. Jakes Foundation has partnered with Fred Perpall, Chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council, and its many influential CEOs to bring awareness to job opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In this video, Chairman Jakes, T.D. Jakes Foundation President and CEO Hattie Hill, and Mr. Perpall discuss the jobs market and much more. Watch it here.

Are you a displaced worker looking for job opportunities? We’ve compiled job opportunities in essential sectors such as grocery and drug stores and restaurants, along with remote opportunities in technology. Find them here.

Owning a business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. Click here to learn more about the resources available to small-business owners.

Need help finding a job?

Need job-search advice? The Dallas Public Library is providing various resources to job seekers, including help with resumes, cover letters, job searches and other resources. See what’s available on the Dallas Public Library website.

Information and assistance for small businesses

Post-COVID, small business will never be the same. For its “A Conversation on the Future of Small Business,” Axios spoke with Kwame Onwuachi, owner and head chef of Washington, D.C.-based restaurant Kith and Kin; and Ann Patchett, author and co-owner of Parnassus Books. The discussions touched on the limitations of the PPP program and how business models will change ahead of re-openings.

Relief is coming for some small-business owners in Dallas! The Dallas Entrepreneur Center Network will fund up to $25,000 for primarily minority- and women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19. The Network has raised more than $1 million, with the goal of raising $5 million to support an estimated half-million small business owners and employees. Read the story in The Dallas Morning News. 

Up to 90% of minority and female small-business owners will likely not receive a PPP loan because financial institutions are favoring pre-existing customers. To support these struggling business owners, many organizations are stepping in to fill the gap. CNBC’s Make It outlines nine programs that are offering grants for small businesses.

COVID’s impact on minority communities

LULAC and Univision hosted a virtual Town Hall with U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Robert Menendez. The hour-long discussion focused on the impact of COVID-19 in Latino and minority communities, highlighting the importance of creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and addressing systemic inequalities that have made non-white communities especially vulnerable to coronavirus.

Education updates

With students out of school for an extended period, the Dallas Independent School District is taking steps to make sure elementary-school students and their families have quality reading material all year long. The district will mail Scholastic book packs containing books and other activities for all Pre-K to sixth grade students. Find out more.

Students have had a bumpy ride in their transition to distance learning. In “the Challenges and Opportunities of Remote Learning,” Axios spoke with Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education, and Rep Jahana Hayes (D-Conn) about making digital learning as high-impact as possible and the importance of added investment in public education.

Together, we can and will get through this.

Hattie Hill
President & CEO
T.D. Jakes Foundation


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