What We Do
GardHouse exists to grow and develop college students of color into the next generation of workforce leaders. As Charlotte confronts the upward social mobility crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, a gap remains for college students of color seeking employment. Over the last 50 years, students of color were found twice as likely to be unemployed upon graduating. With COVID-19 forcing many students to adjust their academic calendars, Glassdoor found a fifty-two percent reduction in internship opportunities for students nationally. Due to this unprecedented time, both students of color and small businesses in Charlotte are facing major challenges. Ninety-five percent of black-owned businesses are more likely to not receive stimulus money according to the Center for Responsible Lending. Our mission is to increase post-graduation employment opportunities for college students of color by maximizing work-based programs.
The first of its kind, GardHouse developed a new pipeline to employment for college students of color through local minority-owned businesses. Unlike other organizations, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by first identifying their strengths, then connecting those strengths to the profession they are working towards. We believe that minority-owned businesses have the ability to serve as the training ground for the next class of professionals.