The East Orange community is not only inspiring an initiative, but an entire movement!
#HipNJ’s Natalie Spedaliere was on the scene of the Jo’ Pri Consulting networking and fashion event, where East Orange executives shared their plans for the future of their community and their youth.
Speaking about Jo’ Pri Consulting, Owner Priscilla Pender said: “It’s something we’ve been talking about for a while. It’s something I’ve had a passion to do for about three or four years and I’m a firm believer that it’s not about when you want something to happen but when it’s destined to happen.”
Jo’ Pri focuses on providing the community’s youth with greater opportunity in a number of ways, including internship and mentorship programs, job opportunities and job training, as told by Cameron Jones, a member of the East Orange Board of Education.
As the fashion show was in full swing, conversation of higher education (not only high fashion!) ensued. Mustafa Brent, Councilman of the fifth Ward of East Orange took the lead on education.
“A lot of people work, they’ve grown accustomed to just working,” Mustafa Brent said. “We want to get people in the position and the mindset of thinking about education as a process by which they can become more uplifted.”
East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor III spoke about the importance of small businesses in his city, noting that small businesses employ more people than the largest corporations across the country…and so entrepreneurship is treasured in East Orange.
“I think it’s fantastic that we are embracing the arts, embracing the culture, and embracing the fashion in our city,” Lester Taylor III said.
May the vision live on and become reality for East Orange, NJ!