Charlotte entrepreneur earns global fellowship to assist local youth
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Just two weeks ago, the usually quiet city turned upside down after Keith Lamont Scott was killed in broad daylight by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer. Protesters flocked to the streets of Uptown calling for the release of body camera footage in Scott's death. A short time later, the tension reared an ugly head, yet again, as a man was shot and killed during a demonstration
The North Carolina native was recently named as the first U.S. based Global Advocate fellow for Mama Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable growth and ending poverty in communities around the world. The organization supports and trains entrepreneurs to complete a wide range of projects covering health, education, food, and more.
Mama Hope has impacted more than 150,000 individuals in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, and Guatemala.
Now, Massey is an extension of their global outreach to the United States. Her work will impact Grier Heights, one of the oldest African-American communities in Charlotte. As once reported by The Charlotte Observer
"I love how this community is over 100 years old and has historic landmark with Billingsville Middle School. This was two acres of land given by Samuel Billings, ex-slave and farmer, to build a middle school which is now the Grier Heights Community Center," she said. "Arthur Grier was also the heart of Grier Heights, being an entrepreneur and creating opportunities for African Americans."
Her fellowship runs for 9 months which includes hands-on implementation including project development, fundraising, and opportunities to work in conjunction with community leaders
Massey elaborated more on her work saying, "The goal of the youth entrepreneurship program is to create one business to produce sustainability within the community. But I also want to change the perspective of entrepreneurship exposing the opportunities that lies ahead when you work together and believe in yourself."
"To be honest, things like this happen in the community often. We have ladies who have experienced tragedies like this at a young age. They are still trying to process and grieve on top of balancing school, home life and social life," she said. "One thing I can say for sure, they all have a servant heart and a voice to help the community and find the solution. Every time I interact with them, I feel they really are thinking about how to make a impact and change the perspective."
During a recent retreat with local girls, Massey said their reflection is one that speaks volumes for the entire city
A self-proclaimed "help-preneur", Massey finds her passion rooted in connecting the dots for individuals in bringing their ideas into fruition.
"My motto has always been if you can’t find it, create it for yourself. I think it is awesome to be an entrepreneur but I think it is awesome to work for someone if it’s using your strength and passion. You have to decide what works for your lifestyle and purpose," she said. "Please believe if Oprah called me today to go work for her using my strength and skills, I would be reporting to work with the same smile on my face I have working for myself."
"I volunteer often and I rarely see people that look like me volunteering. Having this constant visual inspired me to start my own nonprofit, PC Group 365 to show how #givingidope and you should #gethooked. It has been time to change the conversation in philanthropy and the time is now to take action."
Although she juggles many projects, Massey is all about furthering the city and her own personal development
As for other entrepreneurs looking to find their fit, Massey said, "My advice would be to figure out what you want to do and if it doesn’t align with your purpose, figure out how to make it align."