Welcome to TheEnterpriZe.com
A social enterprise applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being. At TheEnterpriZe.com, that means engaging disadvantaged stakeholders as shared owners of profitable community-based enterprises.
Our current project engages armed forces veterans as “Community Asset Managers” where they live, learn, work and/or worship. LEARN-2-EARN promotes a process through which caring adults connect local youth to regional economic opportunities. The task before us is to present alternatives to poverty, correct misconceptions about value and map sustainable pathways for historically disadvantaged youth to achieve economic security.
One approach responds to a national security threat characterized as “A Gulf of Mistrust.” My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative of The President of the United States, addresses systemic patterns of behavior perpetuating a misconception that Black Lives matter less than other American lives. A report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers explores the barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color, and quantifies the enormous costs this poses to the U.S. economy. In particular, this report focuses on the significant disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment that persist between young men of color and other Americans.
In 2011, The President and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, formally distinguished some 20,000 African Americans as recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal. This executive action, in effect called U.S. Marines to do what needed to be done.
Forty-four years ago, Black America descended on Gary, Indiana to join the City’s residents and their first black mayor for a convention to address the needs of the people. In the decade following the 1972 event, which drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across the United States, the number of Black elected officials nearly doubled.
The problems have since escalated to a #BlackLivesMatter counter-offensive, the rhetoric has intensified, and sustainable solutions continue to fall short of a dream deferred.
Now is the time for a new approach that takes into consideration a new brand of activism, and brings history and the future together. A delegation of armed forces veterans is being led by The Honorable Theodore Roosevelt Britton, Jr., Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and our former United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Barbados and Grenada. At age 90, Britton offers clarity on a range of national and economic security issues. He brings to the process a multi generational approach for securing America’s future.
Any citizen who is truly thankful for a veteran’s service should stand with America’s veterans on “The Peoples Agenda.” Any veteran of the United States Armed Forces can join a legendary “fight for the right to fight.”