Events

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Financial Insight

Going back to first days of slavery in the United States, enslaved African Americans and their descendants have trekked through the expansive and promising horizon of the American capitalistic economy. At the beginning it was under the brutal and life crushing weight of forced labor, no rights, and zero freedom. In that time, enslaved African Americans and their descendants would become worth more than even the houses their masters lived in, and collectively worth more than all the country’s manufacturing and railroads combined, becoming the single largest financial asset of the entire nation’s economy. With emancipation, in theory and eventually in practice, we moved a tiny bit closer to the frontier of true agency. We continued to do our best to provide for our families using our individual and collective ingenuity, sacrifice, and perseverance with while two boots stood firm on our neck. We continued to be blocked and scammed, 40 acres and mule would come and go unfulfilled, and nearly half of us would migrate out of the southern states, heading north for hopes of a better – less oppressive life.

With each passing decade we would win battles, make progress, but never arrive at the end of the economic war that sought to keep us marginalized. The establishment’s sickening tactics continued to evolve despite the passage of each constitutional amendment and every civil rights law. We went from prima facie slavery, to slavery by other names, to jim crow, and now we face mass incarceration among other never-ending vehicles for our social, emotional, and economic exclusion and overall defeat. Despite these hurdles, we are still here today as the strongest ethnic minority in the country. Better off today than most times in our past, and collectively bearing more tools to fight back and secure our future than ever before. However, that is not to say our fight has been won. That fight wages on daily for each Black man and woman, and begins very early… it begins in at birth. At birth, your life-long education and exposure opportunities have already been pushed further away by oppressors of the past, or will be extended towards you by the champions of your future.

As the leading regional young professionals association for Black men and women in Detroit, we have a duty to support this never-ending endeavor. Thus we have embarked on a journey of Financial Insight for Q4 of 2019, to prepare our members for a renewed outlook going into 2020. This includes integrated financial planning strategies extending from home into the workplace. In this journey there will be a few modules, including:

  • History of Black Economics
  • Personal Financial Management for the Black Young Professional
  • Black Best Practices of Car and Home Buying
  • Maximizing your Intrapreneurial Impact and Compensation
  • The Whys, Why Nots, and Hows of Black Entrepreneurship

These conversations will be heavily flavored by the economic realities of being Black in America today, which is especially required as descendants of American chattel slavery continue to face racist pseudoscience and propaganda to this day. Additionally we have the uniquely high occurrence of historical hand-me-down traumas and accrued disadvantage from our families, such as the “Black Tax” of having to financially support parents and siblings, as well as the mental cage of inner city ghettos. We will address the specific nuance of these realities with members during this series and how they are to best navigate those impediments. This is not to be your typical run-of-the-mill financial dysfunctionalism guilt trip disguised as motivational speech or tough love. This is not shaming of buying clothes or traveling for pleasure. This is a community, almost “family” centered approach, but using data and validated practices introduced through the heart.

To bring the most accurate and relevant information relative to members’ immediate needs, we are asking for your input. We have developed a quick and anonymous survey to gauge the financial position of our constituents in Metro Detroit. We need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The information will be further anonymized and aggregated to give a financial snapshot which will be shared at our Personal Financial Management module. This information will be immensely helpful to the community for gauging where individuals are relative to their average peer, and to answer the age-old question of “am I the only one?” when it comes to dealing with tough financial situations.

Click the button below to take the survey!

 

Stay tuned to our social media and mailing list for announcements and registration for the workshop modules!


Summer Networking Mixer

On August 22nd, 2019 Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit answered our membership’s call for another major open-house social event. This time with a bit of fun activity at its core, we held our official summer networking mixer entitled Mix & Fowl at The Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck, MI. Black Young Professionals’ networking mixers focus on cultivating an intentional space for networking socially among like-minded professionals of African decent. To do this, we bring our own special sauce to the table to alleviate anxiety and help everyone feel welcomed, included, and to meet new people.

 

What is “Fowling” you ask? Why it’s simply a new sport game that blends football and bowling together into one. Check out our Facebook video post explaining the game!

This summer’s event was free and open to both members and followers, however registration was mandatory. Registered guests enjoyed many cool perks for free! Including a catered appetizer bar by Events of Excellence Catering, unlimited soft drinks, exclusive Fowling lanes, and all-night venue access even after the event was over! The evening consisted of check-in, mingling, eating, and networking throughout the night from 6 PM until 9 PM. We also had exclusive lanes for our guests from 7 PM until 9 PM. Throughout the time the exclusive lanes were open, all that could be heard was laughing, cheering, and shouts of joy and anguish as people played their hearts out!

We would like to send a special thanks to Events of Excellence for the awesome food everyone loved. This local, Black-owned catering company provided us with top notch service for this event. We recommend you consider their full suite of services for your next event, big or small.

Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit’s mission is to unify and edify young professionals through various means including personal development, community service, and social events. This networking mixer another successful example of our work to stitch together the various silos in the Metro Detroit community of young Black professionals. If you have an idea for another event, drop us a line! Want to refer us to check out a particular business? Submit it here!

 

More photos can be found on in the official event album on our Facebook page here, or on Google Photos.

 

 


Riding for the Homeless

As we have done every August since 2016, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit gathered the most exceptional of young professionals to give back to the Detroit community. This year was no departure from our norm, as we brought over fifty superfly volunteers to support the 2019 Handlebars for the Homeless bike tour and fundraiser for homelessness awareness. This is an annual event planned by and benefiting our partner organization, Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).

Black Young Professionals’ Director Kevin stands next to Member and Volunteer Elton surveying progress of the event

Unfortunately this year — just days before this awesome event — NSO experienced a significant loss on their team. Christopher Parks, a man of many hats and a huge heart, and also a member of the NSO Board of Directors, passed away due to being involved in a fatal car accident. NSO President Linda Little spoke on Christopher’s contributions to the organization’s massive outreach efforts which he was a outstanding proponent of. Christopher was director of NSO’s homeless recovery program. Riders, volunteers, and staff shared a moment of silence in remembrance of Christopher before setting out on this year’s route.

Turn out to this year’s event was very similar to 2018, bringing hundreds of riders from all over Metro Detroit. This year’s event had many improvements, adjustments, and changes from 2018, including:

  • Improved tour routing
  • Shorter kick-off ceremony
  • New strategy for handling mechanical failures
  • Free ice cream for all riders and volunteers
  • Volunteer shirts: Gold
    Rider shirts: Purple
    Ride support shirts: Red
  • Ride length: Approximately 15 Miles

Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit has been working on various programs and events with NSO since 2016. NSO has been a deep rooted steward of compassion and hope in the city, focusing on the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Their commitment to improving the community speaks to the heart of our community service mission, creating an awesome synergy of opportunity between our two organizations. Volunteers receive free t-shirts, snacks, catered lunch, and latitude and agency to make impact through this major event. The intention is to further homelessness awareness in Detroit so that resources will become more plentiful and the influx of newcomers and existing residents will know we still care!

We sincerely thank every single volunteer that came out on both Saturday and Sunday to make this event successful! They were honored at our subsequent Mix and Fowl Networking Mixer!

For additional information check out this report by WDIV TV Detroit.