T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – June 22, 2020

June 22, 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

Chairman Jakes shared an open letter to 2020 graduates who’ve had to miss out on traditional rites of passage like proms, parties and graduations, telling them to: “move from being a mere voyeur to becoming the change we seek.” Read the letter on the T.D. Jakes Foundation blog.

In a video address, Chairman Jakes tells 2020 graduates that the whole world awaits their next move, encouraging young people not to let the “fear of what’s next overshadow the accomplishment of what you just did.”

Chairman Jakes participated in a historic three-hour discussion about what it’s like to be black in America, joining Black icons and leaders such as Martin Luther King III, Benjamin Crump, Lora King and Sybrina Fulton, among others. Watch the conversation, hosted by Tony Robbins, 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.

Digital Divide and Bias in AI

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, states have access to $3 billion in funding to help close the digital divide. States that have submitted grants primarily plan to use their portion of the funding to plug remaining holes in students’ access to devices and reliable, high-speed internet access. Read more about the various state plans here.

With offices around the nation still closed due to COVID-19 concerns, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing more prominent role in areas like housing, policing, health care and employment. Unfortunately, AI has been prone to automating pre-existing biases and is more likely to do so when rushed out without careful testing and review. Read more on Axios.

Small Business Assistance

Did you know that independent contractors, freelancers and gig workers are now eligible to receive a $1,000 grant? Last week, the SBA announced the reopening of its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant (EIDL), which is also open to small businesses and agricultural employees. Learn more about the grant and how to submit an application here.

With mass protests sparking a renewed focus on systemic inequality, the National Black Chamber of Commerce® (NBCC) has the resources to educate and lead the conversation. Founded in 1993, the NBCC is on the leading edge of educating and training Black communities on the need to participate vigorously in America’s capitalistic society, reaching 100,000 Black-owned businesses.

Education Update

The Dallas Independent School District (ISD) is going into the community this summer to sign up students and provide technology and mobile Wi-Fi signal. Learn more.

Celebrating Juneteenth

Last Friday, for Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 that the Union forces announced in Texas that slaves were free, companies such as Altria, Nike and J.C. Penney were among those offering a company-wide paid holiday. Read the story on CBNC.

Together, we can and will get through this.

Hattie Hill
President & CEO
T.D. Jakes Foundation


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