OUR IMPACT

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At Gray Matter, our commitment and responsibility is to be an effective resource for our communities, with an intentional focus on the youth. We want our students to gain exposure and access to business and innovation, social impact, emerging technology, and those opportunities still yet to be discovered. 

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Our mission is to create a model - a self-sustaining ecosystem - that helps to create opportunities for Black youth across the country. We’re committed to continuing to equip our community of young change makers with the tools, resources and networks they need to truly succeed in this world and hope that students leave our programs and feel more empowered, prepared and positioned to enter the workforce - in whatever form they plan to participate

TAKE A LOOK AT THE IMPACT WE'VE MADE THUS FAR...

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Since 2016...

700+

students served across the city to expose them to entrepreneurship

95

teen social entrepreneurs have been directly supported by TGME

$95,000+

invested in seed funding and pro bono services into 9 teen-founded companies

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86%

of students agree that their unique life experience (the community they’re from, the challenges they’ve faced, etc.) are helpful in coming up with solutions to problems after participating in TGME programs

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91%

of students say they feel they have access to the resources needed to start a business after participating in TGME programs

HEAR FROM SOME OF

OUR STUDENTS

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MCKAYLA CARRUTHERS

Cohort 2 Alumni

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JULIEN SIMS

Cohort 4 Alumni

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JOVONEY MORTON

Cohort 2 Alumni, Design Intern

Overall I gained confidence [from my participation in the Hustle Hacks program]. In myself, my businesses and the track of my life. As a recent high-school graduate with no plans on continuing traditional education, I’ve had imposter syndrome as a serial entrepreneur. I’ve yearned to be a part of seminars, classes, programs, etc. with like-minded individuals. Hustle Hacks allowed me to have that space again which reminded me that my avenue IS an avenue. It reminded me that although what I see 99% of the time is college, college, and more college, the road that I’ve taken is also a road to success.

- Janniya Hodge, Cohort 3 & Hustle Hacks Alum

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Learn more by viewing our Annual Reports