Investing in God’s Economy for the Sake of Young Adults
The 2019 Urban Summit is a conference on economic justice and inclusion for young adults. But seeking God’s economy in a city where more than 30,000 young adults aged 18-30 are neither working nor in school requires way more than the typical TED talks and workshops. If we want an economy where every young adult in our city can thrive, we’ve got to change the way we work, spend, invest, and create.
And on February 22nd and 23rd, we’re going to get started.
· In a city filled with aspiring entrepreneurs, we’re going to celebrate and support minority-owned businesses and social enterprises at our Urban Summit Market, where you can purchase goods and services from dozens of vendors.
In a country where entrepreneurship represents one primary way that individuals build wealth, but the majority of start-up capital dollars come from friends and family, we’re going to have an Urban Summit Pitch Showcase that gives you the chance to make small, 0% loans to the entrepreneurs of your choice during the event (In fact, we’re going to give the first 200 people who show up $25 dollars each to do so!)
In a world where the voices of young people get lost in the crowd, we’re going to hear social innovation ideas from a group of young people all competing for a cash prize to bring their dream into reality.
In a world where job-programming for young people leads to improved social and economic outcomes, we’re going to give you the opportunity to buy food from Pursuit of God’s social enterprise food truck, staffed entirely by young adults involved in the church and community (Friday night)
In a world where one of the primary challenges facing many new businesses is finding new customers, we’re going to include in your ticket price lunch and snacks prepared by the incredible minority-owned businesses who’ve received training and kitchen space through Binghampton Development Corporation’s Kaleidoscope Kitchen.
At this year’s Urban Summit, we’re going to talk about economic justice for young people, and how every single citizen can bend the way they spend their time, money, investments, and influence towards creating an economy that looks more like God’s. But we’re also going to give you the chance to begin living that new economy at the Summit itself. This is more than a conference; it’s a glimpse of the future. Join us!