Advanage Foundation Receives Major Donation Today
Mr. LeVan Ellis, a leading entrepreneur in the Direct Selling Industry, has donated an IBM AS400 (iSeries) Server with Backup Power Supply to the Advanage Foundation, a Community Development Corporation.
Nathan T. Edwards (left) and LeVan Ellis. Two entrepreneurs helping young Americans live better lives.
The Harvey, IL based Foundation provides assistance to underserved, typically inner-city, communities throughout the USA. Services include workforce development, entrepreneurial education, and recreational programs for young people living in underprivileged neighborhoods.
The AS/400 will be used by the Foundation to support its Computer Literacy initiatives. With that sort of in-house capability, the Foundation will be able to provide valuable training to citizens, young and old, in communities in and around our corporate headquarters in the south side of Chicago.
Mr. Nathan T. Edwards, Advanage Foundation Chairman commented, “Mr. Ellis and I have a long history of working with young, inner-city men and women. We give them a job, build their self-confidence and show them how to make money. This generous donation will help us take our computer literacy curriculum to a new level.”
Helping young and older Americans in Chicago is just the first stop for the Foundation. Plans are being formed to provide similar services in ten different Midwest cites. To accomplish that we need your help. Your donation, which is tax deductible, can be made at www.advanagefoundation.org. The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Advanage Foundation Contact Information:
6615 S. Halsted St., Suite C, Harvey, IL 60426
WEB: www.advangefoundation.org, TEL: 708-508-6100.
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For over 35 years, our company has been providing jobs for young people who have grown up in the under-served communities of the United States. Such communities are often found in our inner cities where schools are subpar, where more kids drop out of high school than graduate, where joblessness is a way of life, where young and old hang out on the street corners, and where crime runs rampant.
We recruit these young people from these miserable neighborhoods because they deserve a break. No references or even a high school diploma required. Just a willingness to change their lifestyle and work hard.
Having done this for over three decades we’ve learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work when dealing with these young men and women who have not had the benefits of a decent education and a healthy, nurturing home life.
First we concentrate on teaching them how to take care of themselves. Shaving, bathing, dressing appropriately (pants pulled all the way up to the waist), showing up on time, and treating their fellow trainees and trainers with respect… all are mandatory requirement in our training program.
Along with this self-esteem training, we introduce our ‘Selling is Living’ curriculum. That’s because right from childhood, life is selling. Think about it. You pitch your parents to take you to the movies. You pitch them to raise your allowance, get a nicer bike, perhaps your first car. You sell your friends on where to eat, what movie to see. Husbands and wives sell constantly: who takes the dog for a walk; who’s going to get the groceries?
And of course selling is what our company is really all about. We sell, door to door, all over the nation of Advanage Wonder Cleaner. However, we first train our sales people that selling begins with:
1. Self Confidence
2. Verbal, listening and physical communications skills (posture, smiling, look-in-the-eye)
3. Showing up on time, in the right clothing and with the right attitude (enthusiasm)
Only then should the sales person start discussing the product they are selling.
If you’d like to know more about our company and its mission to help young Americans, from the underprivileged neighborhoods of our inner cities get a break and get a job, please go www.advanagemission.com.
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