Local social influence bran Humbl Hustlr held its second Entrepreneurship Workshop & Community Cleanup on Saturday, September 28, with students from Booker T. Washington High School and several Atlanta businessmen banding together to uplift young black men while giving back.
“We connected 32 young men from Booker T. Washington High School with 32 local Atlanta businessmen for brotherhood, mentorship and also community services,” said Lorenzo Gordon, founder of Humbl Hustlr.
This is Gordon’s second entrepreneur workshop and community cleanup, bringing Atlanta-based entrepreneurs, businessmen in various industries, to the table to help local youth unlock their potential for business.
Composed into two parts, the program began at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the entrepreneurship workshop, during which the students were able to participate in exercises that related to being a businessowner. Bojangles provided food for all of the students and businessowners. Additionally, each student partnered off with an entrepreneur to get more one-on-one time.
Afterward, everyone was shuttled to Atlanta’s Vine City community where the cleanup commenced, which was powered by sounds from Atlanta radio station 96.7 The Beat.
“We start at Privado grooming salon and we cleaned the entire Sunset Avenue as well as Joseph E. Boone Boulevard for 45 minutes,” Gordon said.
“A lot of people asked me why am I putting a heavy focus on young men and not young girls. To be honest, I can’t think of more than five organizations that are out there that connect young men with local Atlanta businessmen for overall fellowship and brotherhood.”
Gordon says he chose the students of Booker T. Washington because of the school’s historical significance.
“Booker T. Washington High School is the first high school in the state of Georgia for African Americans. It has a lot of history. Booker T. Washington himself was an entrepreneur and he pushed that,” Gordon said. “These young men are extremely talented. These young men are gifted and they’re extremely intelligent. They have some brilliant, bright ideas. They just need that extra motivation, that extra push from someone who can identify with.”
“I didn’t bring out men who look like their uncles or grandfathers. I brought out young Atlanta businessmen who look like their big brothers so that they can have a conversation with someone who they can relate with.”