T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

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.

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Women make up more than half the total workforce, yet only 25 percent work in the tech industry—even when STEM jobs have grown 79 percent since the early 1990s. When it comes to STEM, there remains an under-addressed gender gap in opportunity and pay. Recently, Hattie Hill, President & CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, shared her perspective with D CEO on what needs to be done to address the gender gap.

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses—a number has risen by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Click here to visit the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s helpful resource guide to help those looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses.

Need additional resources around STEAM? The T.D. Jakes Foundation has compiled a list of STEAM resources for the arts, coding, and engineering and even resources specifically for kids and teachers. Check out our STEAM resources 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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

On the day that we celebrate her father, the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice King, took the opportunity to also highlight the legacy of her mother, Coretta Scott King, who founded the King Center less than three months after her husband’s assassination. The King Center is a nonprofit dedicated to creating non-violent change in society. Read more via The Today Show.

As the league celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, ESPN.com invited Jrue Holiday, of the Milwaukee Bucks, and a group of NBA players to reflect on their experiences over the past year and what should come next in the pursuit of social justice. Read the full story via ESPN.

2021 Presidential Inauguration

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wed., January 20 in a ceremony that will keep with tradition though unlike any other inauguration in U.S. history. NBC News has compiled a full breakdown of what to expect on Inauguration Day and night, including schedules, who will be in attendance, how to watch and more.

In historic first, President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Pennsylvania health expert Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health in the department of Health and Human Services, in a move that could make Levine the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. Read more on Levine’s plans and past accomplishments via NPR.

Following in the footsteps of poets Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman will be youngest poet to recite at a presidential inauguration. She is calling her inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb,” which emphasizes unity and hope. Read more on Gorman and her poetic background via ABC News.

To make quick progress on the challenges we face, President-elect Joe Biden has frequently discussed the need for action within his first 100 days. Read more via NBC News on what we can expect to see during Biden’s first 100 days –  including vital COVID relief, economic stimulus, immigration policy and more.


To build trusting relationships with families and discern any specific barriers, Dallas ISD has expanded its home visitation program to serve five additional schools with predominantly Black student populations. Through the Home2Home Visit Initiative, select teachers conduct virtual home visits with parents that opt into the program to increase parent engagement and to strengthen a home-school connection. Read more on the initiative via Dallas ISD.

The pandemic has laid bare inequities in education across the country—and access to college admissions tests is one of the latest examples. Due to the pandemic, many schools do not currently have SAT or ACT requirements, however, some colleges still require test scores for various scholarship programs and financial aid. Advocates say the nation’s most vulnerable students, including low-income, minority students and students with disabilities struggle the most with access to the exams. Read more on inequities in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic via POLITICO.

Together, we can and will get through this.


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