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Washington, DC – The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. today announced it would give grants to those facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 and in need of rental or mortgage assistance. The gift was made possible due to a generous donation by Experian’s United for Financial Health Initiative.

The 100 Black Men also contracted Paradigm One, a woman-owned, Washington, D.C. based small business, to facilitate two 7-week virtual career consulting courses for young adults ages 18-40 beginning May 3. The Securing the Bag curriculum will assist those interested in creating a resume, LinkedIn profile, and developing an elevator speech. A second course, Level Up Education League, will provide instruction on applying for college scholarships, financial aid, and graduate school


Future career development events sponsored by The 100 Black Men and Experian North America will be held at The Gathering Spot, a Black-owned Washington, D.C. small business. The Gathering Spot provides an alternative work and social environment complete with concierge services, integrated technology, and a full-service restaurant.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to uplifting our community, particularly those who COVID-19 has impacted,” said James Thompson, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. “We are proud of our partnerships with Experian, Paradigm One, and The Gathering Spot, and excited about the services that will be provided – free of charge – to individuals looking to enhance their career opportunities,” Thompson said.

Paradigm One LLC is a career consulting firm that provides soft skills and etiquette training to diverse young professionals and teaches rising leaders how to own their confidence, elevate their brand, polish their presence, and foster authentic professional relationships to accelerate their careers.

Register or learn more about the two free courses by clicking here:

*** Registration ends May 9.

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