The MLK Dream Run benefits the Soul District Youth Entrepreneur Career Leadership Program which trains and connects young people ages 16-26 to business skills and business owners in our communities.
The NNEBA Fellows program provides young men and women (16-26) with career training and internship opportunities to improve and expand skills that come from operating successful businesses and organizations. Simultaneously their work plan is designed to both connect them with the business community while leaving a sustainable and positive impact in their neighborhoods. To date over 150 youth have completed the NNEBA Fellows training program and have leveraged the professional and personal skills they have developed to secure next level opportunities. Examples include College and University acceptance, job placement with local businesses, connections to top executives and leadership roles in outside organizations.
The NNEBA Fellows Program has recently expanded to include a Film and Video training program called Green Lighting Black Lives Matter Youth Media Project:
To Watch A Video Overview of the Program Click HERE
This groundbreaking project, made possible by a technology grant from the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, recruits and trains next generation Black youth entrepreneurs, ages 16-26, in the usage and purposeful application of cutting edge video technology, film and video production equipment and seeks to inspire and empower them to tell their own stories of what it means to grow up Black on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of the project, their unique perspectives will be widely shared with regional, national and international viewing audiences through media outlets, screening events and film festivals. The skills garnered in the process can then be leveraged to propel students forth into careers in the exploding film, video and tech industries should they choose those pathways after graduation.