Communities In Need

Communities in Need

For generations, people of color have lacked equal access to education, which provides the best opportunity for upward mobility. To right these historic wrongs, the T.D. Jakes Foundation provides STEAM education and training to people of all ages—from early childhood, primary and secondary schooling to higher education and adult job training—to ensure that all people have the tools to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.

The Opportunity Gap is Real

According to the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, students from historically disadvantaged families have just a 51% Opportunity to Learn when compared to white, non-Latino students. Without equal access to education, students won’t be able to find the jobs that will lift them out of poverty.

In America, the wealth gap follows the racial divide.

Between 1983 and 2013,

the wealth of the median black household declined 75% (from $6,800 to $1,700) and the median Latino household declined 50% (from $4,000 to $2,000).

At the same time, wealth for the median white household increased 14% from $102,000 to $116,000.

The wealth gap persists,

regardless of households’ education, marital status, age or income. For example, the median wealth for black households with a college degree equaled about 70% of the median wealth for white households without a college degree.

For every $100 in white family wealth, black families hold just $5.04.

The Economic Policy Institute found that one in four black households have zero or negative net worth, compared to less than one in ten white families without wealth.

Women and people of color are still underrepresented in the STEAM fields

Engineers 14%
Computer Professionals 25%
Physical Science Professionals 39%

Currently, women only comprise 14% of engineers, 25% of computer professionals and 39% of physical science professionals.

Women in computer occupations have declined since 1990, from 32% to 25%.

Working Population 29%
Advanced Manufacturing 16%
Engineering Workforce 12%

African American and Latino workers represent approximately 29% of the working population but comprise only 16% of the advanced manufacturing and 12% of the engineering workforces.

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