Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Connecting Black and Latinx Students to Careers in Finance

Greenwood welcomes 75 new college scholars in Chicago. Greenwood Project.
Greenwood welcomes 75 new college scholars in Chicago. Greenwood Project.

Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Connecting Black and Latinx Students to Careers in Finance

CHICAGO, PRNewswire -- This summer, the Greenwood Project will teach
financial literacy, coding, career skills, and investment strategies to over 200 Black and Latinx youth, primarily from Chicago’s South and West Sides. Their goal is to empower Black and Latinx communities to overcome generational cycles of poverty by introducing students to wealth-building career pathways through the intensive study of finance.

Greenwood Project is proud to announce partnerships with over 40 companies, universities, and non-profits for its 2022 program year. Its flagship partners include Citadel, DePaul University, Janus Henderson, Piper Sandler, Cboe, and William Blair.

Greenwood Project’s focus on generational wealth through careers in
finance traces back to its namesake. The Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK was once known as “Black Wall Street”: A neighborhood where the Black community thrived amidst generations of racial animus. Black Wall Street was completely destroyed by white mobs during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Greenwood Project honors this legacy of Black Wall Street and has helped
students move from the South Side of Chicago to Wall Street in New York.

Citadel is underwriting the Greenwood Project’s High School FinTech
Institute in 2022. 60 high school students from Chicago will learn basic financial literacy concepts through a Python coding project. The goal of the program is to show students that coding and finance skills can lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs in the finance industry.

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