Our mission is to develop strong leaders for business and community engagement so that they can create financial stability for themselves, their families and their communities.
Advancing The Seed, Inc. (ATS) provides programs for low-to-moderate income (LMI) young adults and women to build pathways to economic mobility. We also provide small business technical assistance to young adults and women choosing entrepreneurship as a path to economic mobility.
Each program has a goal of creating financial stability through access to soft skills training and resources that can lead to greater career opportunities, with sustainable financial outcomes. We partner with other community-based programs, including workforce development programs, to provide career pathway and job readiness wrap around services such as, training, coaching, and mentoring in the areas of leadership development, personal development and life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship education, small business development, and digital literacy. Additionally, we work with public and private sector partners to identify potential job opportunities for qualifying participants.
Founded in 2015 with a desire to change economic outcomes for LMI families and the communities they live in, ATS has a fundamental purpose of reducing poverty and helping to connect individuals to viable career opportunities, including small business ownership. We believe that far too many individuals are marginalized and limited by their zip codes and/or socio-economic status. We want to help remove barriers to economic success for these vulnerable populations, which includes disconnected youth (ages 16-24 who are not connected to education or employment).