With the dawn of the new millennium, an evolved era of business has been ushered in. An era that birthed crowd funding, co-work spaces, peer-to-peer lending and now an unconventional method of peer support that can only be described as an essential tool in the leveling of the field process for diverse college students seeking access to career catalyst resources.
Derived from a witty spin on the classic idiom… to be born with a Silver Spoon in one’s mouth, meaning to be born into wealth and privilege. Silver Spoon Foundation exists to provide career preparation access to young and emerging professionals not necessarily born into wealth and privilege but every bit as capable and committed to their career success as their peers of more affluent backgrounds.
The Silver Spoon Foundation believes that there is much hope in the globally connected, technologically enabled, socially aware and otherwise uninhibited mind of today’s diverse emerging professional. It is with this hope that we set forth on an ambitious mission to meet their focused and committed efforts with a system of vanguard programming and peer suppport that more closely puts them to their goals and dreams where the startling opportunity gap may have otherwise prevented.
Our unyielding commitment to the post-secondary student is unmatched and is demonstrated through our innovative programming. Success is measured by reduced underemployment and unemployment of our recent graduates of the program in relation to their peers.
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, IT’S OUR DECISIONS, NOT THE CONDITIONS OF OUR LIVES, THAT DETERMINE OUR DESTINY. -TONY ROBBINS
Of graduating seniors from the class of 2013 took part in an internship or co-op
average student loan debt for the Class of 2014 (most indebted ever).
increase in underemployment among college graduates since 2008.
Only 63% of paid summer interns who applied for full-time positions recieved offers, while only 37% of their peers with non-paid interships received full-time offers
Nearly 1 in 3 entering college freshmen are 1st generation students
current unemployment rate among college graduates.
Of all college grads are working jobs that don’t require a degree and aren’t in their field of study
Our anchor and longest running program, “Successful Transitions” is our scholarship program targeted towards financially challenged college students with a minimum of 30 college credits. The scholarship mission is to close the opportunity gap between emerging professional college students and the successful transition into their career choice by way of alleviating cost prohibitive measures associated with attending industry conferences.
An innovative and business trend relevant program that partners with non-profit organizations and Universities to provide educational opportunities around the savvy use of the leading professional network, LinkedIn. The LinkUP program aims to improve first impressions amongst emerging professionals as they embark on and build their career relationships. Available to all students enrolled in a 4-year University, Community College or Trade Schools.
Our signature mentor pairing program that is fueled by our proprietary matching tool. Major Leagues aims to close the gap in disparity with mentor opportunities available to minority males/females and the unique conditions related to cultural assimilation and workplace adaptability. Available to enrolled undergraduate minority male and female students with a minimum of 15 college credit hours.
Seniors in…Seniors Out. SISO is our support and guidance program exclusively available to High School Seniors and College Seniors. Rooted in aligning structural support around the unique circumstances and conditions that lend to anxiety, stress and uninformed decision making of near/ recent graduates, the SISO program positively positions students for a successful transition into their next phase.
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"A CHANGE OF VIEWPOINT IS OFT NEEDED TO ACKNOWLEDGE EVEN THE MOST VISIBLE OF BEAUTIES." - URBAN PROFESSOR
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Corporate, Foundation and Public Supporters
"Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it'll spend its whole life believing it is stupid." -Albert Einstein
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Urban Professor supports the Silver Spoon Foundation by donating 25% of the proceeds from all Urban Professor branded items purchased on the Urban Professor on-line boutique to support the programs and student affiliates of Silver Spoon Foundation.
Donate Airline Miles
COMING SOON — In our commitment to off-setting and alleviating high airfare cost when emerging professionals travel both domestically and internationally we accept airline miles donations from most major and regional airlines. This option is ideal for corporate and seasoned professional contributions.
If you think going to the movies is becoming expensive then you can only imagine how cost prohibitive some event attendance fees have become. This being so, tax deductible cash donations can be made here to help alleviate some of these jaw-dropping fees.
Donate Hotel Points
COMING SOON — Not that they’re above crashing on your couch or blow-up bed for that matter, but trust us, you’d rather an emerging professional that’s hungry for an edge and anxious for an opportunity to sleep in a hotel. All nighters have a funny way of being contagious.
We are all self made. But only the successful admit it.