GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, is a day of online giving to support nonprofits all over the world. The Always Giving Back Foundation humbly asks for your support, so that we can continue our mission of disrupting the cycle of poverty and closing the racial wealth gap in our society.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

When you support the Always Giving Back Foundation, you’ll help us continue the successful programs that have provided critical assistance to hundreds of needy families; internships and educational seminars for young minorities; and more than $55,000 in scholarships to deserving young Chicagoans.

How to Support Us on GivingTuesday

Give & Match

Give any gift of your choice, and request your company to match.

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.

Share the Journey

Copy and paste 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!

 

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!

 

 

 

This election is so important to our nation. The AGB Foundation wants your voice to be heard! We understand that not everyone has the ability to get to the polls, so on October 27, 2020 we will be providing just that. We will offer transportation to the polls so that residents of the 18th Ward can vote in person or drop off their completed ballots. Do you need transportation to the polling site at Charles Carroll Elementary School? Sign up below to request a ride!

 

 

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.