Empowering Black Youth Through Entrepreneurship
Business is Jammin’ (BIJ) is a province-wide charitable initiative that focuses on motivating Black and racially visible minority youth. BIJ stresses the importance of education and personal development in all of its programs. BIJ’s goals are to deliver a comprehensive enterprise and entrepreneurship learning strategy. We also aim to instill business skills that will offer long-term benefits to young people in Nova Scotia and across the Atlantic Provinces.
BIJ shapes youth into vibrant members of the business community. We work with young people through a range of educational, social, mentorship, and financial support programs. Our ultimate goal is to build their business acumen and leadership skills. In the last decade, we’ve engaged thousands of program participants. BIJ has inspired them to stay in school, start up their own business ventures, and to bring an exceptional level of professionalism to any workplace. Furthermore, we develop an extensive range of programs and work with youth to help address the needs of three segmented age groups: 8-15, 16-20 and 21-35.
BIJ has a proven value within both the Black community and the Atlantic Canadian economy. In the last two years alone, our program participation levels have grown by more than 60%. This number will only increase as we respond to rising demands from the community for more Business is Jammin’ activities.
BIJ remains committed to its mission of Empowering Black Youth Through Entrepreneurship. We envision a future where program participants will highlight their involvement with Business is Jammin’ on resumes, business loan applications, and speaking engagements. Lastly, we aim to be the premier partner in mentoring and guiding Black youth to be in-demand members of the business world.