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Planting People Growing Justice LLC

Submitted by: Artika Tyner
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State: Minnesota
City: Saint Paul

Business Description

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

The one unique aspect that will make our business succeed next year is our commitment to youth development. We are dedicated to training and equipping the next generation of leaders. We are launching a new children’s book project in order to support students in discovering the leader within and making a difference in the world around them. Our Publishing Division is launching this project to promote 1) literacy, 2) cultural awareness, 3) leadership development. 1. Leaders are learners. 1 in 4 children in America have not learned how to read. Students who are not proficient with reading by 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of school (WriteExpress Corp.; Annie E. Casey Foundation). Literacy is a fundamental learning building block. Through reading, students can develop the analytical skills, self-awareness, and problem solving skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing globalized world. 2. Diversity and inclusion matters. In 2014, of the nearly 3,500 children’s books published, less than only 9 percent were written by diverse authors and only 11 percent of the books were about characters of colors (Cooperative Children’s Book Center). It is critically important for children’s books to reflect the rich diversity of our global community and affirm the cultural heritage of youth from diverse backgrounds. 3. Young people are the future. History has shown us that students have been at the forefront of social change.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

PPGJ is building a global leadership community by challenging ordinary people to embark on the journey of leadership development and serve in the global community. PPGJ also serves as a learning hub for bringing leaders together to share their passion for social change and build strategic partnerships in order to make a lasting positive impact on the community.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

We would use the gift card to purchase supplies for our training materials and food products for our 2017 youth summit. The training and help from a SCORE mentor will provide us with guidance on refining our business plan and marketing strategy.
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