Know any young adults who would like to start their own business but don’t have the resources to get started?
A new nonprofit has launched to offer D.C. Opportunity Youth – people 18 to 24 years old who are unemployed or underemployed – the entrepreneurial skills needed to start their own business.
DC Community Carrot was started by ANC Commissioner David Sheon after residents identified the community need. They believe that the ‘sticks’ of incarceration do not work, and offer the ‘carrot’ of entrepreneurship as an alternative. The 501c3 non-profit is funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and the DC Department of Employment Services.
The first cohort of participants will begin in late February. Participants will be paid a D.C. training wage while they are learning to start their own business. Councilmember Todd played a vital role in writing the Department of Employment Services to ask for support given the community need.