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LifeSkills Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to youth and aspiring youth entrepreneurs. The Foundation connects young leaders to experienced business and academic professionals via virtual and face-to-face platforms designed specifically to ensure delivery of guidance, training, and financial support. The Foundation's mission is to help youth business leaders build viable ventures and use their business know-how, leadership skills, and self-confidence to invest in their communities, create jobs, and prepare for the future workforce.

Funds donated to LifeSkills will be used to: 

Provide cash and in-kind resources to youth entrepreneurs who compete in the annual i.Invest Competition. i.Invest is a six-month web-based mentoring program and business competition. During the program, youth entrepreneurs, 13 - 19 years old, with demonstrable products and services will receive:
 

  1. On-going mentoring from top business leaders from across the country.

  2. Participate in virtual group coaching with their peers. 

  3. Compete in three rounds of scoring. 

  4. Pitch their products during an annual pitch finale.


Since 2015, i.Invest has awarded close to $30,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to aspiring business leaders across the country. Recipients have used the funding to re-invest in their business, start new businesses and continue to pursue business and STEM-related educational goals. To learn more about the participants, visit the i.Invest Blog.

 

i.Invest is a grassroots effort that depends on the contributions of donors to supply the following resources for youth entrepreneurs:
 

  • Provide assistance to youth and youth entrepreneurs via grants and scholarships. Starting in 2018, LifeSkills will provide scholarships to i.Invest alumni who are graduating high school seniors or college freshmen who major in a business or STEM-related field.

  • Offer virtual and on-site entrepreneurship, financial literacy and personal enrichment training to youth in New Orleans’ underserved communities.

  • Promote STEM-related industry engagement.

To learn more, download the informational document HERE.

​Please send donations to LifeSkills Foundation, P.O. Box 296, Harvey, LA 70059. Make checks payable to LifeSkills Foundation. To become a principal sponsor visit the Sponsorship webpage.

OFFICERS

Executive Director

Michelle D. Jackson

President & CEO, PR Solutions LLC

Marketing

Pamela Cook

Multi-Cultural Marketing & Community Affairs Director, Coca-Cola United

Finances

Monica Jackson

Regional Director of Operations, IDEA Public Schools Southern Louisiana

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scottie O. Jackson

Communication Officer, U.S. Army

Tamecka Knight

CEO & Owner, Premier Pediatrics

Ursula Powidzki

Principal, Ursula Powidzki Consulting, LLC

ADVISORY BOARD

Jim Liew

Assistant Professor in Finance - Johns Hopkins University / XPRIZE Vanguard Baltimore, MD

Latoya Staten

Owner, Latoya C. Staten & Associates, Certified Small Business Consultant & STEM Advocate Pasadena, MD

Chadd Carr

Founder & CEO, 6Massive, Gainesville, VA