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Iniko and Adeben are friends who are tired of doing all of the "right" things and seeing little to no rewards. Tired of dedicating time, talent and energy to college, jobs and various relationships only to be left with pennies (if that) in the bank, not being able to provide a quality life for their loved ones and no sense of enthusiasm, purpose or fulfillment in life. Tired of being sick and tired. Iniko and Adeben meet Dakarai, a personal and professional development mentor at First Ladies of Poverty Foundation . Iniko says she did all she was supposed to do; she did well enough in school, sought higher education, got a decent job after some years, and still, she is living paycheck-to-paycheck and feeling under-paid and under-valued despite her qualifications and loyalty to her job. She also finds herself having to "codeswitch" or talk a certain way and even wear certain hairstyles around her colleagues just so she is not instantly pegged as inferior despite her ethnic background being obvious. Adeben agrees wholeheartedly and exclaims that he, too, feels under-worked, under-valued and just not really feeling life, and it takes a toll in his personal relationships.
"We are here because we have tried to do things the "right" way. We have done everything we have been told to do, and all we have to show for it is a degree and over 10 years of experience that has afforded us thousands of dollars in student debt, $50 in the bank account and penny raises for a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. We are tired of doing it our way--the way we have been taught...we need a BETTER way, a proven way and a faster way (because bills don't stop) to escaping this paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, despite the unique obstacles that exist for people of color. These other success programs poses a one-size fits all; we have tried a few of them. We are looking for a size that fits our situation.
Iniko and Adeben both agree that they did everything they were told they were supposed to do, but still, they understand that the unique obstacles that they face as people of color are not taken into account in any "success" blueprint they were taught growing up, and no matter how hard they work, no matter how qualified (or overly) that they may be for a position, no matter how long they have been at a company--no matter what they do they cannot seem to escape the burnt out, discouraging paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. They seek the confidence, skill-sets and education necessary to bypass the unique obstacles they face as people of color and attain a higher quality of life.
Does this sound familiar?
This is why the First Ladies of Poverty Foundation exists.
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