T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – September 28, 2020

September 28, 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

Hattie Hill, President & CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, was recently named to the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Advisory Board. Find out more about the advisory group and its mission here.

Digital Divide

Dallas ISD and other community leaders continue fighting to close the digital divide, with the delivery of an additional 10,000 mobile internet hotspots to students lacking reliable home internet service. Dallas residents can visit Internet for Dallas for more information on internet options for home learning needs. Read more on the story via Dallas ISD.

As the presidential election quickly approaches, a recent poll from the Internet Innovation Alliance and Morning Consult shows that 95% of U.S. voters view the lack of home broadband internet access a problem that needs to be addressed. An estimated 12-to-15 million students lack the tools required for remote learning and, according to the poll, 90% of respondents support using federal funds to close the digital divide. Read more at Education Dive.

ABC News reports that four major U.S. cities found that nearly half of Native American or Latino households and more than 1-in-3 Black households reported either having problems with internet connection or having no connection at all. ABC News has complied a list of resources for combatting the digital divide here.

Fight for Equality

In an industry long dominated by men, NASA is placing more emphasis on female astronauts, sending a woman to the moon, redesigning space suits for all body types, and much more! Find out how NASA is making the push towards inclusivity via The 19th.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation greatly recognizes the work of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she served as a pioneer for gender equality and vastly expanded rights for women, as well as for men. Read more via NPR about the groundbreaking influence of Justice Ginsburg in the fight for equality.

The New York Times is devoting its Student Opinion column to the fight for racial justice, inviting teenagers of all ages to join its Civil Conversation Challenge – an open forum to discuss how to spur greater equality. Visit The New York Times to see how you can participate.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Trail Blazers Foundation have announced the organization’s Racial Injustice Fund, which is committed to fighting racial injustices at a local and national levels. Visit NBC Sports for a list of organizations and networks that have been chosen to receive the initial investment from the fund.

November Election

Deadlines for the November 3 presidential election are quickly approaching in over a dozen states, visit Business Insider to find out the last day you can register to vote whether in person, by mail or online.

This Tuesday, September 29th, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will take the stage in the first presidential debate of 2020. Visit The Washington Post for everything you should know in preparation for this week’s debate.

Small Business Assistance and Job Opportunities

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program is a $500 million investment with a network of more than 100 academic and community partners focused on helping entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, financial capital and business support services. Visit Goldman Sachs to learn more about the opportunity.

LinkedIn has announced its 2020 Top Startups list, composed of 50 stand-out companies that have attracted investment, employees and attention. Visit LinkedIn for the full list complete with job openings here.


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