b&b193 Prosperity Now: North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN)

Welcome to Prosperity Now, a series interviewing non profit organizations who are part of Building High Impact Non-Profits of Color. This consistent stuff doesn’t make the news, but it’s a thing that makes a community.

In this episode we interviewed Brenda Palms Barber, Executive Director of the North Lawndale Employment Network and Founding CEO of Sweet Beginnings, LLC, and  Lauren Wesley, Director of Development of NLEN. NLEN is an urban workforce development agency which helps local communities build job skills, credit, and other necessities. Sweet Beginnings is a related social enterprise project using urban beekeeping to create jobs for those with significant barriers to employment, especially those recently out of prison, to ensure NLEN’s hardest to employ clients could get jobs and gain a history of employment. They share their remarkable success stories, and the experience of finding and filling this need.


Music featured in this episode:

Development by Schematic
Jazz by Maze
SmartMouf – Money Hungry by The Mayor Allen Poe (Prezident Poe)

Photo by Simone Acquaroli