Our Foundation

Through our 501c3 non-profit organization Substantial U we provide educational and community-based programs focused on academic success, career readiness, cultural competency, financial literacy, and personal enrichment. Substantial U dares our young people to be different, demands they live to be amazing, and aspire to be great. Substantial wants our minority youth to be “next to change the world.”

Our Mission

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT, LIVE TO BE AMAZING, INSPIRE TO BE GREAT

Originally established to focus on motivated, and highly talented minority student leaders, who are making a statement on their college and university campuses. Substantial U, now looks to motivate all youth and speak life and purpose into their existence.

Substantial U dares our youth to be different, demands they live to be amazing, and aspire to be great. Substantial wants our minority youth to be “next to change the world.”

Leadership and personal development

With the help of some of the best and brightest North Carolina thought leadership, Substantial U will increase educational and leadership opportunities for young Black and brown students. Through a series of workshops and experiential learning opportunities students focus on their interpersonal skills, values, leadership traits, public speaking and SMARTIE (Smart.Measurable.Ambitious.Realistic.Time-bound.Inclusive.Equitable) goals.

Career Readiness and professional development

The career readiness of college graduates, especially those of color has been an important issue in higher education and in the labor market. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines career readiness as “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” These competencies included: • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving • Oral/Written Communications • Teamwork/Collaboration • Digital Technology • Leadership • Professionalism/Work Ethic • Career Management • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Substantial U wants our students to be ready and it’s going to take a commitment from those inside and outside of the classroom to get them there. Our students leave our programs feeling of considerable importance, size and worth, strongly built and made for the journey ahead.

Community development, research, and service

All too often our students want to give back and pay it forward. Substantial U wants to help them find meaningful ways and create outlets to do it. With the help of organizations such as Service Year Alliance, the Corporation for National & Community Service, other service-oriented organizations and higher education programs we want our students that are committed to service and doing meaningful research in our Black and brown communities to understand service and the importance of research at its core and how best to serve given their own time, talent and treasures.

Our Events

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THE BLACK LENS SYMPOSIUM

The Black Lens Symposium: “I AM therefore We ARE” kicks off Black History Month by creating a space where we celebrated our history and empowered every person in the room to find unique ways to continue to write it.

The symposium is a series of panel conversations around black duality, black centricity, black history, black reciprocity and the future of being black in America.

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SUBSTANTIAL AWARDS

THERE IS NOTHING MINOR ABOUT BEING THE MINORITY

The Substantial Awards aims to recognize the success and vitality of the minority community. This unique annual awards program has been established specifically to acknowledge, encourage and celebrate excellence amongst the minority community by giving them the opportunity to gain valuable exposure and well-deserved recognition for their work in business and community.