In a time where American racial inequalities are acutely apparent, it is not enough to challenge the police force. We must examine discrimination embedded in everyday institutions, like the workplace. Employment can be a source of economic and social opportunities, but the barriers to employment for low-income youth of color are pervasive.
Through the power of social capital building, businesses and workforce development programs can mediate the effects of racism in professional settings. Social capital building focuses on creating a system of policies and programmatic solutions that integrates staff, youth and opportunity agents to effectively and strategically support youth of color with opportunities for positive growth and development in various life domains.