How it started
Let's Innovate through Education, or LITE, was born in Hardy Farrow’s Teach for America classroom in 2013. The goal of the program was to challenge students to dream of innovative ways to change their community through entrepreneurial ideas. Over a 4 year period, LITE grew from a tiny classroom to an established organization teaching 21st century skills to over 1,000 students across the city of Memphis. LITE partners with several community organizations including Bridges, Streets Ministries, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and Reach Memphis to find and recruit talented students for it's prestigious Finalist Program.
Our vision is for African-American and Latinx students to close the racial wealth gap by becoming entrepreneurs and securing high-wage jobs.
Our mission is to equip African-American and Latinx students with 21st-century skills to create wealth.
Three fundamental challenges to creating wealth
Unlike other programs, LITE has developed a unique multi-year model that works with students from the age of 17 through the age of 25. This long-term model tackles the three fundamental challenges to starting a business: experience, networks, and skills.
OUR CORE VALUES
We bet on people. We believe that youth are changemakers and we invest in them to find the right answers. In turn, we believe that the best solutions are responsive to the people we serve.
Every hour of every day is time that can be spent to close the racial wealth gap. We move deliberately and purposefully to ensure that the maximum number of youth can escape poverty and build economic wealth for their communities
We envision the needs of tomorrow. We believe that curiosity and growth mindset are essential for capitalizing on new opportunities. We are constantly asking ourselves about unmet needs and possible solutions.
We believe in equality of opportunity. We empower communities to create wealth and we advocate for systems that create more equitable pathways to wealth.