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The mission of Wall Street Bound is to create sustained and scalable pathways for urban youth to access front office careers on Wall Street. By exposing urban youth to careers in finance and teaching capital markets technical skills, we believe underrepresented young adults can be empowered to aim beyond their present horizons and embark on fulfilling careers in financial services.
Talent & IQ are equally distributed, opportunity is not. The technical skills of trading and investing can be taught. Our vision is one of urban youth applying those skills in their communities as agents of a new and sustainable model for lasting community change and economic development.
An important element of the Wall Street Bound mission is to provide urban youth with social capital and access to mentors that look and sound like them. "You can't be what you can't see" - Marian Wright Edelman
Helping to Create Opportunities for Urban Youth by Addressing Diversity Recruiting Challenges & The Financial Services Skills Gap
Black and Hispanic youth unemployment is nearly +200% and +50% respectively vs. their white counterparts.
"Diversity and Inclusion is still more of a high level commitment than a reality on the ground"
PwC Inclusive Recruitment Survey, 2017
A Novel and Unique Approach
Our recently announced Diverse Trader Training Program is a first of its kind. With our strategic partner, Maverick Trading, Wall Street Bound will source highly motivated and qualified candidates, train and mentor them to develop track records of trading live capital. Once they've graduated from the program, their P/L (profit and loss statements) and acquired portable credentials, become their CVs. This changes employer calculus completely, given the choice between two equally qualified candidates, our candidates will stand out with a significant edge.
Troy is a Bronx native of Caribbean descent and a former institutional and proprietary, "prop" equity trader with more than 20 years of global experience on the trading floors and desks of Wall Street. Growing up in the Bronx and recognizing the intelligence, grit, hunger and talents that existed among his siblings, cousins, friends, congregation youth, he began to wonder why there were so few others, at firm after firm that looked like him. He always thought it strange that diverse talent existed in operations and back office roles but hardly to almost never in the front office.
"I've long wondered why capital markets analysis & trading as vocations could not be brought to the inner cities of America? Or why, with the abundance of hungry and raw talent available within urban communities, there weren't more concerted efforts by Wall Street to tap this massive and underutilized pool of human capital?" The questions long ago formed into the idea for Wall Street Bound, launched with the premise that, Talent & IQ are equally distributed, Opportunity is not.
Troy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science ('88), NYU Stern School of Business (BS '92), has lived in 5 countries and speaks 4 languages. An avid tennis player, longtime student of various martial arts, a surfer and sailing deckhand in another life, Troy is the eldest of 5 children and resides with his wife and 8 y/o daughter in NYC.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
Wall Street Bound was launched in Summer 2019 with our inaugural, "Introduction to Wall Street" Bootcamp at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn. We are expanding the reach and scale of that pilot offering with two new marquee training programs.
Wall Street Direct - A VIRTUAL 12 week "Introduction to Wall Street" intensive with the primary goal of imparting the technical & "soft" skills, social capital and industry recognized credentials students will need to land competitive Wall Street Summer internships.
Diverse Trader Training Program - With our partner Maverick Trading, WSB will deliver 100 hours & 250 hours of online training for FX (foreign exchange) and stock Options trading respectively. Post training, program participants "graduate" to trade and manage LIVE firm capital. Our program participants will have an EDGE that very few of their peers, regardless of birth zip code, college or university brand, socio-economic background etc will have.
We are also putting the finishing touches on a PYTHON based TRADING ALGORITHM development course, Building an online school and a MENTORSHIP APP to expand the reach of the WSB community.
Every dollar makes a difference in helping us change the lives and trajectories of the urban youth we serve. We work everyday to drive towards our goal to connect 10,000 inner city youths with top paying jobs on Wall Street!
Please consider making a donation today!