Pride and Progress: The Zero Ghetto Model

The Zero Ghetto Initiative

Ghetto (noun): a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.

The Zero Ghetto Initiative seeks to re-define a city's thickly populated slum areas, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, into thriving “development zones”; transforming them from “ghetto” to “get to” where they are no longer defined by economic restrictions, pressures and hardships.

Under the Zero Ghetto Initiative, current members of these communities will “get to”:

Learn vocational skills: using the apprenticeship model, that will equip them to command better wages and overtime pursue social advancement.
Pursue financial literacy: through active participation in one-on-one and group activities designed to not only educate, but encourage the use of financial instruments to effect socioeconomic progression.
Learn cross-culture relations: as to better enable themselves to partake in the trade, business and political activities that affect them.

The purpose of the “get to” agenda, as outlined above, is to allow for large-scale transition and empowerment of members of these communities and instill a real sense of pride of ownership in their respective “generally neglected” areas.

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