“Surprise is the greatest gift life can grant us” said Russian Poet and Novelist Boris Pasternak.  This quote rings true and was definitely a surprise for the five scholarship recipients. According to scholarship statistics by race, only 38% of scholarship recipients are minority students, and 62% are white students.  The AGB Foundation has leveled the playing field by awarding (5) Scholarships to deserving minority students in June. How did we do this ? The AGB Foundation was awarded a $40,000 grant courtesy of NBC Universal Studios.  This grant enabled us to extend our program to provide additional services like care packages, mentorship, mental health and wellness support throughout the duration of their academic career. The Scholarship categories were named after the First Family of AGB, The Griffins, otherwise known as the G Tribe!

  • John Griffin III – Students that qualify for extensive financial assistance
  • Najia Griffin – Student Athlete
  • Nia Griffin – Diverse Learning Needs
  • Geneva Stringer – First Generation College Student
  • Jibril Griffin – STEM

Each of these scholarships were awarded to students in secrecy with them being under the impression that they were coming to AGB for a follow up interview. Unbeknownst to them, we had secretly hidden their parents in a conference room where it was revealed that their students had been awarded a scholarship. You can imagine their surprise.  The students were in a different part of the building, where they were anxiously awaiting further instruction. They were reunited with their parents in celebration of the big reveal that they had each been awarded a $2,000.00 renewable scholarship. This was the first time in AGB Foundation history that we were able to award a renewable scholarship thanks to the grant provided by NBC Universal Studios.

The AGB Foundation thought about the scholar’s journey as they head off to college by providing each winner with a new set of matching luggage.  As Oprah Winfrey would say, “you get new luggage, and you gGet new Luggage”. It was quite a surprise as we rolled the luggage out and presented it to the scholarship awardees.  The parents of the Scholars were very appreciative and thankful for the luggage as evidenced by the happy smiles.  The morning’s event was capped off with a luncheon and no event is complete without cake.

The five Scholarship recipients are pictured below: They represent the Future of Black Excellence to come.

 

“The scholarship program is more than just about giving money, ” said Dr. Denitra Griffin.  “It is really about connecting with young people and helping them gain access to the resources they need in order to secure employment post graduation.”  “This grant from NBC 5 Universal Studios is allowing us to do that.”  “It is allowing the opportunity to share our resources and information to coach our Scholars throughout the tenure of their studies.”

 

Thanks for your continued support to the Always Giving Back Foundation.  If you would like to continue the blessings, please click on the following link:

Donate – Always Giving Back Foundation (agbfd.org)

Piecing it Together

 The Always Giving Back Foundation is a place where Chicago minority youth can build their confidence. We provide social and emotional support throughout their college journey. We are a safe space for them to be themselves as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. There is nothing more powerful than seeing youth piece together their perspective on the world and how they see themselves.

The rate of college enrollment has increased in the last decade because of the economy and labor market. Research shows that 16 million undergraduate students enrolled in Fall of 2018 but only 13% of them were African American students. Those same students are underrepresented on predominantly white campuses. We are providing resources to rising undergraduates, one student at a time.

Last year we surprised five deserving youth with scholarships. See here: https://youtu.be/OiW9bOD3c50 Our scholars blossom into leaders and advance in their careers post college. We will share the AGB Scholarship with you Stay close to your email. Applications will open soon!

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Let’s Celebrate

This women’s month we celebrate our cofounder Dr. Denitra Griffin. She stands next to John Griffin Jr. as they run the largest black owned security firm in the nation, AGB Investigative Services, while actively serving  on several boards. Her wealth of knowledge is vast and her heart seeks to make the Chicago community a better place to live.

Have you heard her story? or why the foundation exists today? Better yet, how she manages to do it all, such as keeping the family together, running a successful business, and owning her womanhood? “There are times you have to be both a lion and a lamb.” Lean in and tune to the Secure Podcast. 

 

 


 

 

If you enjoyed last year’s CEO Brunch you won’t want to miss this! From premium coffee, security and marketing last fall to Shark Tank’s CurlMix. Don’t miss out on brunch appetizers, freshly brewed coffee, and business between two CEO’s.  Rising entrepreneureres “embrace the ambguity of growth” and meet us at Connect Gallery.

This is your place for all things love, family, and entrepreneurship!

The Secure Podcast is changing the narrative of Black Chicago, marriage, and entrepreneurship. Empower yourself by tuning into Married-Preneurs, Dr. Denitra & John Griffin Jr.discuss the secrets of expanding one of Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing businesses, while successfully being married with 4 kids for over 25 years.

The Griffin’s work ethic is impeccable, but the love they spread is twice as impactful. As the first generation in their family to graduate in their family,  have a successful marriage, own a successful business they have tips for you.  They live their lives giving and this is there gift to you.

Take a sneek peek: https://youtu.be/MFNoyCi__ds

If you believe that “success is intentional” then be the FIRST episode of #FIRSTGENRICH !

 

We often run from obligation, expectation, responsibility, and accountability on the day to day bases.  We put things off until tomorrow. We blame others. We don’t see that we can be a resource to the minority community. As the nation becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, it is more important than ever to consider it your responsibility to give back! Given the social and economic challenges the African American community still face today, this effort has never been more important.

It is an obligation to GIVE BACK to your community. It is an expectation to GIVE BACK to your community. It is your responsibility to GIVE BACK to your community. You should be held accountable to GIVE BACK to your community.

Take the Griffins for example! Dr. Denitra Griffin and Mr. John Griffin Jr. Understand the importance of giving back to the community, the BLACK community in particular. They have dedicated their lives to the education, empowerment, and employment of their community. When they see a need they find a solution to rectify the issue at hand, that includes healing one impoverished community at a time.

Without them we would not have had such a HOT summer! Our interns explored the internal business operations of AGB Investigative Services, shadowed multi-million dollar corporations, and  left with the confidence they needed to be the leaders of tomorrow. Our scholars were awarded $20,000 and  had an opportunity to not only hear Lauren Simmons Speak but get to know her on a personal level. The giving didn’t just stop there we have supported over 300+ families with back to school book-bags, school supplies, and so much more.

Join the community of black philanthropist and GIVE BACK by subscribing to a monthly donation. You subscribe to Nextflix, HULU, Amazon Prime, why not subscribe to a great cause!