Building a Social Capital Framework to Mediate the Effects of  Racism on the Labor Market Opportunities of Youth of Color.

Session #1

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

1:00 pm – 2:30 PM EST

In a time where American racial inequalities are acutely apparent, it is not enough to challenge the police force. We must examine discrimination embedded in everyday institutions, like the workplace. Employment can be a source of economic and social opportunities, but the barriers to employment for low-income youth of color are pervasive.

Through the power of social capital building, businesses and workforce development programs can mediate  the effects of racism in professional settings. Social capital building focuses on creating a system of policies and programmatic solutions that integrates staff, youth and opportunity agents to effectively and strategically support youth of color with opportunities for positive growth and development in various life domains.


Edward DeJesus is the President of DeJesus, the Founder of Social Capital Builders.  Edward DeJesus is the Founder and Lead Trainer at Social Capital Builders. Edward is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and holds a M.S.
in Management and Urban Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research. He is the author of "Making Connections Work" and several other titles on youth success. Edward served as a youth policy expert
for the Sar Levitan Center for Youth Policy at Johns Hopkins University and served on the Taskforce on Employment Opportunities for young offenders for the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He serves as a consultant to numerous youth organizations, foundations, and government entities. 

Cheif Opportunity Guide

Edward DeJesus


Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. She leads a team that informs policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education
spheres through its research. Julia’s current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks. She is the author of "Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks." Julia holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law.

Director of Education Research

Clayton Christensen Institute

Julia Freeland Fisher


Daniel Horgan is the Founder and President of ColabL. Daniel is an award-winning nonprofit and corporate social responsibility executive, recognized for his ability to balance big picture thinking with tactical execution. He launched a nonprofit organization at the age of 18 that was recognized by Retired General Colin Powell and President George W. Bush. Daniel leverages his success as both a fundraiser and a grantmaker to help others establish and sustain public/private partnerships with local and national organizations as well as Fortune
100 and 500 companies. Recognized as a 40 Under 40 award winner from Pittsburgh PA, Daniel started volunteering at the age of 11 and has been committed to strengthening communities ever since. His work has
been featured by Forbes, the Huffington Post, and dozens of local media outlets across the country.

Founder and President, ColabL

Daniel Horgan


YAP is the nation's largest provider of non-residential wrap-around services to young people of color.

Senior Executive Officer 

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc

Gary Ivory


Emmanuel is a YouthBuild Program graduate and currently
the site supervisor of the "Be the Change" program at the Center for
Social Enterprise and Training in New York State.

Site Supervisor

The SEAT Center

Emmanuel McCall


Contact us at: 

DeJesus Solutions

5457 Twin Knolls Road

Columbia, MD 21045


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