I hope you can find sometime to listen to this show. It will touch your heart what they are doing for these kids
Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance (EPA) is a public charter high school located in South Central LA (opening in August 2013) with a focus on closing the financial literacy gap within the minority community and to foster the next generation of minority entrepreneurs. We are incorporating a progressive curriculum to truly engage our students, such as our student run businesses. We are using the industries that our students are drawn to, such as the music and entertainment industries to teach them business models and concepts. EPA’s mission is to provide a high-quality and extensive college-preparatory educational experience to youth that results in our students succeeding in college, and ultimately in their professional careers. We instill and practice our motto, “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.”
Our story begins with the founder, Omar Mcgee, who grew up on the hardened streets of Flint, Michigan during the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980’s. The baby of eight children, Omar was exposed to the harsh realities of divorce, drugs, violence, and alcoholism that plagued his surroundings and family.
Rising above his circumstances he went on to attend Howard University where he started his non-profit organization which is now Inner City Outreach. His original mission was to provide support to low income and inner city youth in need of financial assistance for secondary education due to his own struggles. He went on to achieve success in real estate development and a burgeoning film career which includes the award winning film, Flintown Kids, which gives accounts of life through the eyes of kids in the town labeled, The Worst Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. His heart however led him to abandon aspirations of a Hollywood film director and return to his roots, empowering youth whose backgrounds mirrored his.
He decided he wanted to provide the support system that many inner city youth lacked who actually made it to college– by starting his influence at the 9th grade through the creation of Executive Prep Academy to build the proper foundation for success. Through Innercity Outreach, and now, Executive Prep Academy of Finance, Omar is able to fulfill his mission to provide all students with what he was not afforded, their right –to obtain a world-class education.
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