Let’s Do This!

Oh, how 2020 has passed by! We have had some lows and some highs this year.

The Always Giving Back Foundation has always understood the importance of representation in the workplace. Who would have thought in this decade we would see a woman in the White House? We are super elated to see the FIRST woman, BLACK woman, INDIAN woman to serve in the seat of Vice President of the United States of America. We hope to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders who too will be the FIRST.

The AGB Business Internship has expanded from a six-week summer program to a year-round program. (See 2020 Summer Business Internship here.) This weekend 25 young people came together virtually. They left with a greater understanding of why the Griffins started the AGB Foundation. Their commitment to the community is what sets the tone for the culture of AGB Innovative Security Solutions and its charitable arm.

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Giving the AGB Way

Last year around this time we gave away turkeys to families across Chicago. This year we will gift bikes to the community, so stay tuned. If you ever want to volunteer your time, please fill out the following form. 

AGB’s great work doesn’t stop there! Have you watched this season of Secure Podcast? Entrepreneurs will find tips to build their business, data that encourages them to continue forward as they learn about the Griffins’ journey.

We want to be a part of your holiday plans. Please help us continue our mission of disrupting the cycle of poverty through workforce development, financial wellness, and philanthropy. Support us on Giving Tuesday, December 1, one of three ways:

  1. GIVE & MATCH
    Give any gift of your choice, and request your company to match, at agbfd.org/donate.
  2. SMILE & SHOP
    As you purchase your holiday gifts, consider us in your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping as your foundation choice through AMAZON SMILE.
  3. SHARE  THE JOURNEY
    Take a picture with one of the following “Reasons to give” images and share it on your social media. You’ll be spreading the word about the Foundation’s work and encouraging your friends to give!

 

 

 

 

The AGB Foundation is inspired by the success of its Summer Business Internship and the impact it’s having on the lives of deserving young people. So we’ve decided to expand the program and offer it throughout the school year.

We’re accepting applications now, so please review the qualifications and don’t hesitate to apply for this incredible experience! Serving as an AGB intern provides invaluable insight into the operations of the largest black-owned security company in the United States. It’s an ideal way to inspire young minority students to pursue their education and achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

Now is a good time to prepare for next year. In this last quarter of 2020, we challenge you to do a self-introspection. Your inner thoughts affect your life and leadership. As you close out the year, identify how you can be a blessing instead of a burden to yourself and others. Locate where you are and decide where you want to go. You can do so by asking yourself the following to get a sense of where you might be (Relationship Intelligence, Dharius Daniels):

  • Where am I? –  Accurately assess where you are. Honestly, locate where I am in the relationship, job, and with one’s self.
  • What do I need in this season? – Determine whether you need low maintenance friendships, healthy distractions, to take on new courses to advance in your career, or even time to rest, etc.
  • What do I have?- Take a look at the contributions that you and other people are making to increase the health of your life.
  • Now, what do I need to do? – Make the decision to realign, remove, or pursue decisions that encourage your growth.

This opportunity to move forward in your life can start with AGB. Share the AGB Business Internship with your favorite teens. Listen to the Secure Podcast. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $10k. Learn more below!

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Self-reflection activities are the types of confidence-building exercises we facilitate with our AGB Interns. We normalize self-identity and encourage them to ascertain who they wish to be five years from now.  Finding stability in their sense of self creates an environment our interns can grow in business.

As the AGB Business Internship enrolls our new approach, we provide instrumentation for Chicago youth to set their career goals. We have divided our program into two-part to ensure Chicago youth gain insight into the business. The first half of the program trains and the second half of the program allows them to put the lessons learned to the test with mentors to guide them along the way.

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There is no shame in their game, just authenticity. Season 3 of Secure Podcast is all about the steps to being an entrepreneur. The Griffins provide resources to get started and truths that one should be mindful of.  It’s so important to do practical things like writing out your elevator pitch to sell your business and avoid stress. Stress easily leads to irritability and frustration. We don’t want that for your business.

Get into the mindset of an entrepreneur by tuning into Secure Podcast.

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FALL INTO THIS NEW SEASON

If you want to know how to start a business, this new season of Secure Podcast with the Griffins is for you. Season 3 is here with NEW CONTENT, at a NEW LOCATION, with NEW PERSPECTIVE on the world.
During this time we typically have our CEO Panel. Though we can’t come together at our quarterly workshop, the Griffin’s are still here to help you build your business. This is a time of freedom and an unprecedented opportunity to be an entrepreneur.
Don’t get distracted from your purpose because of the pandemic. Keep your attention on the things that make you impactful. Focus on your purpose. You can do so with a plan. Listen to the Griffin’s,  and take notes on how to develop a plan.
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OUR YOUTH ARE BUILT FOR THIS

Youth around the nation are back at school! Masked, separated by six feet, and still have to move into the dorm room/meet in the classroom. They aren’t defined by their circumstance, but thriving because of their push through. When they finish this school year they will come out stronger, so long as they maintain a positive perspective. Take a look at 2020 AGB Intern Taaliyah’s move in. 
We are committed to staying connected to our scholars and interns. We know how hard it can be to transition into the classroom. We know that life happens in between, which is why we have Sunday Sitdowns. This is an opportunity for us to encourage our youth on a weekly basis.
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GIVE TO WHAT MATTERS

2020 has been one for the books! It has allowed many of us to expand even though we had to alter our initial plans. The Always Giving Back Foundation was able to adapt with the times, because of generous donors like you.  Here are some of the accomplishments we have made thus far:
Your donations allowed us to serve 450  families, award $10,000 in scholarships, and host 12 interns virtually. We hope to continue to grow our programs in the near future. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to hostour Holiday Soire’ so we need YOU! we are simply asking you to donate  what you can by November 30, 2020.

 

If you want to know what it means to be resilient take a look at these 11 faces. One week has gone by since our favorite young people completed the Summer Business Internship at AGB Innovative Security Solutions.  Boy, do we miss them! They have changed so much.

To say the AGB interns transformed is an understatement. As they completed this hybrid program they obliterated their view as average high school students and welcomed their new identity as young professionals. They consistently made the decision to meet every deadline, show up to every virtual meeting, and bring fresh ideas to the table. Right away, they applied pressure!

Over the last six weeks, the interns’ consciousness expanded. These fantastic young people had the opportunity to engage in career conversations with C-Suite executives from companies like Facebook. Former AGB scholar Steve Wilson exposed them to excel while they completed projects for AGB Innovative Security Solutions departments.

Due to the pandemic so many programs forced to shut down. However,  YOUR SUPPORT, allowed us to adapt during these hard times. Your gifts provided the 2020 AGB interns with professional attire & a digital portfolio. It includes their resume, professional headshot, & a well developed LinkedIn profile.

A special thank you to Sara Martinez, our Program Manager, who worked diligently with our interns to ensure the program ran smoothly.

Even though the interns learned a lot from us, we learned what it means to live out resilience from their ability to keep working while the world is at a standstill.  They did not get distracted from their end goal. Their dance moves on TikTok, presentations to clients, and phone interviews set the expectation for future interns.

As you can see, their time here was well spent, and we miss them.

 

 

 

 

This year we held nothing back! We moved to a new location. We expanded all of our programs! In celebration of community appreciation day, we stretched beyond state lines. We gifted the community with quarterly family first events. We started the  Secure Podcast where our founders voice the importance of family, love, and entrepreneurship. For Chicago youth, we took on more scholars and interns.

Our Annual Holiday Soiree was nothing short of everything we have accomplished in 2019. It was an evening filled with a silent auction, raffles, and more importantly givers.

This holiday season we decided to gift the givers

In the minority community we talk about a lot of things, but not enough about the importance of giving! The Always Giving Back Foundation values those who are culturally competent individuals that not only speak to youth but also lead by example. During our program honored our first Philanthroperneur Award to Keven Stonewall, who has dedicated his life to cancer research and advocacy for Chicago youth.

Then, we had the opportunity to surprise Shawnese Shannon, an AGB Innovative Security Solutions employee, with financial relief this holiday season.  Her commitment to the progression of others and vast heart for her family warranted her this award

and more. Last year, she suffered a stroke in the midst of work and refused to leave until her colleague made it in. In the words of  Dr. Denitra Griffin, “She is a true blend of strength and kindness, and it’s our pleasure to present this well-earned gift right before the holidays”.

We welcome you to contribute. Help us reach our goal before the new decade begins! Withhold nothing, every dollar counts to help us reach to support our scholarship, internship, and family first programming.

Join us in 2020 for our next event.

The Always Giving Back Foundation inspires young Chicagoans from minority backgrounds to develop and pursue their professional goals by providing them with resources to support them on their journey.  Take Journee Lockridge, for example. This AGB intern and scholar is doing big things at a young age!  

A sophomore at Howard University, Journee is already a published author. Her book  Stay Ready is a guide to successfully navigating the transition to college. Journee says her book offers “real and raw advice of what to expect and/or what to avoid during their first semester of college.” 

Journee also has been selected to participate in the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program. This honor is given to a diverse group of outstanding college students in America. She will be among 1,000 scholars attending the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a gathering of young entrepreneurs and visionaries in early October 2019. 

These accomplishments are nothing new for Journee. At Gwendolyn Brooks High School in Chicago, she served as president of the National Honor Society and also founded a mentorship organization called the Big Sister Project. 

What differentiates Journee from others her age is her dedication, drive, and adaptability. We saw those qualities in her when we chose her to participate in our Summer Business Internship, then awarded her an AGB Scholarship her senior year in high school. During her summer with us, Journee learned to be a better communicator and effectively manage her time. She also developed her leadership skills and professional poise.

When she graduates from Howard, Journee looks forward to a career in the financial industry. She’d like to work with Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she would like to become an investment banker. 

Eventually she would like to start her own nonprofit organization, teaching youth financial literacy, educating them on financial markets, and how to invest their own money to build their generational wealth.

Journee is a phenomenal young woman who has a vision to make an impact wherever she sets foot. We are so excited about her future. And we can’t wait to make a difference in the lives of more students like Journee.

 

Hi world!  I am Kaya Thomas, a rising senior, and AGB Summer Business Intern. Last week on July 25, 2019, I attended the Young Professional Panel hosted by the AGB Foundation. After enjoying some appetizers, meeting some of the AGB scholars and hanging out with my fellow interns, I had the pleasure of hearing the YOUNGEST New York Stock Exchange Trader and trailblazer, Lauren Simmons.

The AGB Foundation did a wonderful job seeking out such an amazing young woman to speak to us. I had the pleasure of not only listening to Lauren Simmons speak, but also meeting her.  Her story really resonated with me. She spoke about growing up as an introvert who later blossomed into a dynamic young woman. She forced herself to network more and get out of her shell.  She was so real about her experiences. Though she worked on the trading floor she surprisingly had a sweet demeanor. In our short conversation about my future plans she actively listened and shared gems I am extremely grateful for.

The night overall was very well organized and enjoyable. Anyone who didn’t come out really missed out on not just free food, but getting to network with some amazing individuals. This was an experience of a lifetime!

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