Elite Skills Development was incorporated in 2010 and is a federal 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public benefit corporation.
The mission of Elite Skills Development (ESD) is to provide educational programming to youth, adults and organizations, and small businesses in order to create pathways to self-sustainability and build healthy, productive communities.
Elite Skills Development began in 1999 as Ladies First, a collective of mothers who were interested in developing and mentoring their daughters and other African American girls in Long Beach. Over the next 20 years the young ladies were supported through middle and high school, college, motherhood and into their professional careers.
As the young women matured and their interest evolved into issues of business ownership, pathways to self-sustainability and community involvement, Ladies First transitioned into Elite Skills Development, a 501(c)3 non-profit, public benefit corporation in 2010.
Connecting the Dots
Helping Businesses Grow
from dream to reality!
Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Black & Well
Connecting & planning for the future
Make decisions and set goals, keep motivated and focused on her goals.
Improve in school.
Nurture her confidence, self‐esteem and mental health.
Listen to her and help her solve her problems.
Introduce her to new ideas, activities, and opportunities.
Prepare her for college or other training.
Explore career possibilities.
Meet successful people.
Launch delayed due to COVID-19, Coming in 2021
Committed to educating the black community, equipping it with skills for proper eating, healthy recipes, COVID & vaccine basics and mental & physical wellness. (more)
We help entrepreneurs to start, manage, and grow their businesses.
The innovative Young Entrepreneurs Academy was scheduled to begin programming in January, 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19 crisis.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting after-school program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the six-month program, students in grades 5-8 work closely with local business leaders to cultivate and research business ideas, write business plans, and more!