Creating a pipeline for diverse talent in financial services
Powered by GCE Learning Labs & Rapunzl Investments
In The Right
The Destiny Project empowers the next generation of investors. We demystify financial concepts and use the stock market as a portal to explore
careers, develop practical skills, compete for scholarships, and forge quality mentor & internship connections.
Exposure & Dialogue
Mentors & Internships
Direct & deliberate investment promoting diversity in financial services will transform community banking & how communities of color interact with financial institutions.
How Does It Work?
The Original Destiny
10% of Chicago Public School students drop out every year and in 5th grade, Destiny Davis was one of them. For 4-years, Destiny taught herself by going to the public library.
Destiny applied and was accepted into West Town Academy on Chicago’s West Side, where she was a senior for Rapunzl’s first investment competition.
"They just don’t teach you about this in school. We consume from these brands without ever learning the value of ownership. That’s really important if a community is ever trying to build wealth."
Destiny’s portfolio placed first amongst more than 2,500 entries in Rapunzl’s inaugural investment competition April, 2018, sponsored by Ariel Investments & Nasdaq, winning her a $5,000 scholarship.
Destiny rang Nasdaq's Opening Bell and used her scholarship to attend Northeastern Illinois University where she’s studying Computer Science & Finance. She's planning to intern with Ariel Investments Summer, 2020.
TOGETHER, WE ARE Inspiring
THE FUTURE FACE OF FINANCE
High schools with teachers that use our investment competitions
Students that have created a free portfolio & placed their first trade
Cities where we have hosted scholarship competitions
High school participants that come from low-to-middle income communities
Scholarships & fractional share awards we have provided to students
High school participants that identify as Black of Latino
The Destiny Project was founded in 2020 by Rapunzl Investments in collaboration with GCE Lab School. Since 2018, Rapunzl has been providing educational opportunities for underserved high school students through fun and free investment competitions with scholarship and cash prizes.
All companies are tasked with a great challenge in thinking and acting strategically to authentically increase diversity in the workplace. The Destiny Project presents the business world with a compelling opportunity to address economic disparities and equips traditionally underserved students with the skills they need to secure internships that lead to more full time placements in the financial services industry.
We are fortunate to work with some of the most reputable financial institutions in the world to provide access to financial services careers by helping educate & foster diverse talent.
Our corporate partners provide equitable access & support as our students grow as young adults & investors while transitioning from high school to college.
Financial institutions play an integral role in our students' career growth. Our small cohort sizes allow for meaningful mentorships between employees & students to forge connections that persist beyond our 14-week course.
Their time, support & financial assistance are the reason The Destiny Project exists today.