Emerging Leaders Financial Literacy Seminar at historic Holly Knoll
“Create lasting change.”
Each month we highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision Magazine. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world.
For our May issue, we highlight The Gloucester Institute, a nonprofit organization that is instrumental in “providing an intellectually safe environment where ideas can be discussed and transformed into practical solutions that produce results for future leaders.” The Gloucester Institute carries on the educational legacy of Dr. Robert Moton, a legendary President of Tuskegee University, formerly known as the Tuskegee Institute. His retirement home, Holly Knoll, houses the Gloucester Institute. The Gloucester Institute was founded by the influential, conservative leader, Kay Coles James. As founder and president, her mission is to create the next generation of leaders in the African-American community.
The Gloucester Institute’s programs work diligently with some of the brightest undergrad and graduate students from around the nation. The Emerging Leaders Program works with young college students to develop writing, speaking, networking, and business and social etiquette. The Moton Fellowship Program gives ambitious graduate students the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most revered leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The Gloucester Institute prepares emerging leaders to make America a more inclusive and tolerant place. The term “solutionists” is key to the Institute’s mission. The idea is to move away from identity politics and come together with solutions for the greater common good of the nation. When we are open to speaking to each other about the issues that are pressing, real change can happen.
Kay Coles James with ELP Class of 2019
There’s a great possibility the next great President, the next great US Senator, or the next innovative CEO could walk through the Institute’s doors. The key is to get students in early, while they are still developing and learning. When the opportunity comes, Gloucester Institute graduates will be prepared and ready to challenge the status quo. The younger generations must create change that can last beyond their lifetime.
To find out how you can give your support to The Gloucester Institute, visit their website https://www.gloucesterinstitute.org/.