Black entrepreneur recognized as an innovator to watch for his work building social capital

Social capital builders

Founder of Social Capital Builders, Edward DeJesus

Bridging the Opportunity Gap with Innovation and Truth

Young people will clearly invest in skills, education and training when they know someone is on the other side of the labor market, waiting and eager to help them put their achievements into practice.”

—Edward DeJesus

COLUMBIA, MD, USA, June 7, 2022 / — Edward DeJesus knows the power of share capital. As a young teenage father growing up in the Bronx, New York, he had to make the decision whether to go to college or get a full-time, low-paying, rotating job in the restaurant business. fast. The problem – he wouldn’t be able to go to college due to the shift work required by the job. When he told a good friend about his predicament, he was told, “Stop, I know someone who can help you. You have another move. Thanks to his best friend and the social capital assets DeJesus didn’t know he had, he was able to dodge fast food work and get a full-time evening job working with unemployed homeless people in New York.

Edward DeJesus, like millions of young adults today, was not educated about the importance of social capital or supported to develop it. In fact, according to DeJesus, most young people he works with don’t speak regularly with family members who have paid jobs about their occupations. He knows the importance of connections to the job market and wants to see more young people, especially those in underserved communities, make the most of every interaction with those who can share helpful information, resources and support on careers.

DeJesus not only graduated from college, but he also became a leading expert on youth workforce development and now he and his company Social Capital Builders are on a mission to teach young people and adults the importance of social cpatial and giving them the tools. and training to develop it.

That’s why JFF has recognized Social Capital Builders as an innovator to watch. In JFF’s recent report, Building Professional Social Capital for Black Learners and Workers, DeJesus’ company is highlighted for its work to increase social capital literacy (promoting awareness of what social capital is and why it matters) among young adults and in the organizations that serve them.

According to the authors of the report, “Professional social capital – the resources that flow from the web of relationships we build with those around us that contribute to our professional goals – is a key part of anyone’s career journey. It prepares us for success in the job market, by opening doors and serving as a source of information and access to new career opportunities. It provides us with strategies, information and resources that help us connect with the people we meet in the worlds of work and learning, and then strengthen those connections and expand our networks throughout our careers. And it is an essential, but often overlooked, element of equitable economic progress.

DeJesus created Social Capital Builders in 2019 to address this issue with the release of their Foundations in Social Capital Literacy Curriculum (FISCL) and their social capital building platform – My Opportunity Hub (MyOH). MyOH is the first web-based application platform specifically designed to help young people build social capital with family, development and bridge assets – key workforce stakeholders who care about young people and are willing to spend 15 minutes a month sharing labor market information and essential professional support .

“It is time to help young people learn social network analysis techniques to determine their position in and out of networks of opportunity and identify patterns of relationships with people, institutions and businesses that can significantly improve their present and future economic opportunities,” says DeJesus.

DeJesus hopes that policymakers, investors and businesses will recognize that it’s time to take a social capital-based approach to education and training. “Young people will clearly invest in skills, education and training when they know someone is on the other side of the labor market waiting and ready to help them put their achievements into practice.”

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Edward DeJesus
DeJesus Solutions – Social Capital Builders
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