JCPS students present business ideas on how to improve Louisville at 2nd annual JusticeFest

Linda D. Garrow

Young minds gathered together for a second year to help come up with solutions to problems plaguing Louisville. The second annual JusticeFest took place at the downtown convention center on Saturday.For months JCPS students, as young as nine years old, have been working on business projects aimed at improving the city’s homelessness, trash disposal system, inclusiveness and more.On Saturday they spent time going into rooms full of business owners and community stakeholders. They were trying to convince at least one of 21 community leaders to take a chance on their business idea. An idea, in their opinion, that will put Louisville over the top.The idea for an event like this came about, because local educators like NyRee Clayton-Taylor wanted to give students a voice, and now in its second year Clayton-Taylor said it’s doing that and then some.”They are in front of community leaders, they are in front of business leaders, they are in front of national leaders this year,” Clayton-Taylor said. “They are able to pitch their ideas to people in the room that can help them actually get it off the ground. No more are the days of telling them no, they now have the capability of getting into a room with the people who can make that happen.”The event is being done in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s part of KDF’s Derby Equity and Community Initiative, which was launched nearly a year ago.

Young minds gathered together for a second year to help come up with solutions to problems plaguing Louisville. The second annual JusticeFest took place at the downtown convention center on Saturday.

For months JCPS students, as young as nine years old, have been working on business projects aimed at improving the city’s homelessness, trash disposal system, inclusiveness and more.

On Saturday they spent time going into rooms full of business owners and community stakeholders. They were trying to convince at least one of 21 community leaders to take a chance on their business idea. An idea, in their opinion, that will put Louisville over the top.

The idea for an event like this came about, because local educators like NyRee Clayton-Taylor wanted to give students a voice, and now in its second year Clayton-Taylor said it’s doing that and then some.

“They are in front of community leaders, they are in front of business leaders, they are in front of national leaders this year,” Clayton-Taylor said. “They are able to pitch their ideas to people in the room that can help them actually get it off the ground. No more are the days of telling them no, they now have the capability of getting into a room with the people who can make that happen.”

The event is being done in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s part of KDF’s Derby Equity and Community Initiative, which was launched nearly a year ago.

https://www.wlky.com/article/louisville-jcps-students-present-business-ideas-justice-fest/39338869

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