Our third cohort of the Real Estate Co-Powerment kicked off last month with a dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni network and welcome one of our most diverse cohorts yet!

An Alumni Dinner was held last month to celebrate our past participants to welcome the Spring 2018 Cohort

Since launching in early 2017, we have graduated 23 students from the Co-Powerment Series. Our cohort participants have been targeted and diverse from the start, with representation from multiple backgrounds and sectors ranging from community residents and CDC/CBO staff members to non-profit board members and small business owners–each have varying levels of exposure to the real estate discipline. This April we’re happy to share that we’ve welcomed 14 more diverse participants to the Co-Powerment Family:

Charlise Smith, Ali Simms, Alicia Hall, Brian Gaudio, Charlotte Ka, Dan Yablonsky, DeAnna Davis, Emma Lucas-Darby, Jasmine Duncan, Kevin Boyle, Lance Harrell, Michael Watson, Tayler Clemm and Sontaya Perry

An overarching goal of the Co-Powerment Series has always been to shrink the technical proficiency gap that exists between real estate developers and the community leaders that are leading and participating in development projects in their neighborhoods (check out the full course curriculum here). We’re proud not only of the diversity we’ve been able to attract to the program, but also what our program has done to propel forward our past participants…

Photo Credit | Steve Mellon Post-Gazette

Tenika Chavis, a graduate of our first cohort, was recently showcased in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for the amazing work she is doing as the Lady Carpenter, where she made mention of how the program is helping her build wealth through real estate and entrepreneurship.

Photo Credit | Justin Merriman PublicSource


And, Billie Vaughn, another graduate of our first cohort, is trying to help others overcome the Section 8 stigma in Pittsburgh, as reported in this great article in PublicSource.

  • 73% of all applicants are female
  • 70% of all participants are female
  • 15 participants represent board members or staff of local community-based organizations
  • 13 participants are small business owners ranging from real estate, housing, construction, shipping & maintenance to professional development and wellness professionals
  • Percentage of participants by neighborhood (approximate):
    • 30% Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Lincoln-Lemington & other east end neighborhoods
    • 20% Hill District
    • 18% North Side
    • 12% Hilltop neighborhoods
    • 12% Wilkinsburg
    • 9% West End

For more information on the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series, visit our website. You can also access a full list of this cohort’s curriculum and instructor list here!