The Destiny Project
Creating a pipeline for diverse
talent in financial services
Powered by GCE Learning Labs & Rapunzl Investments
Did You Know?
The achievement, wealth & career attainment gaps between White & Black communities have widened past levels seen in 1967 during Jim Crow.
12x
The median wealth of White households is twelve times that of Black & Latino households.
$.01
Wealth that a Black household with children has for every $1 that White households with children have.
Students of color are not taught about money & lack access and exposure to the tools neccessary in building generational wealth.
What Is
The Destiny Project?


The Destiny Project is a rigorously immersive program that prepares high school & college students to thrive in Corporate America.

Students gain a mastery of investing concepts, address being a minority on Wall Street, and become financially fluent through conversations about money.

The Destiny Project combines financial assistance, real-world learning tools, and meaningful mentorships with scholarship competitions to increase exposure & inspire a new generation of investors.

Our Story
The Destiny Project began with a $20,000 simulated scholarship competition on the Rapunzl mobile app in Chicago, April 2018, to celebrate Financial Literacy Month, sponsored by Ariel Investments.
2,000+
High schoolers participated in the Chicagoland competition & over 50 students became fractional shareholders.
Our program's namesake, Destiny Davis, won a $5,000 scholarship to help attend Northeastern Illinois University. Roughly 8% of CPS students drop-out ever year, so it was unsurprising Destiny had dropped out in 6th grade.

What happened next, was unexpected.

Destiny visited Chicago Public Libraries for 4 years before being accepted at West Town Academy on Chicago's West Side. Destiny had never learned about investing. Over the course of the month, she was inspired by the concept of ownership and build a portfolio which soared 27% in April.

Destiny shows us that talent is ubiquitous: we need to provide students with the tools & guidance to unlock it.
$100k
Total scholarships distributed through Rapunzl hosted, scholarship competitions.
Since April, 2018, Rapunzl grew their reach & hosted competitions in Los Angeles, New York City, and between 11 Northeast Liberal Arts Colleges. Rapunzl also developed custom curriculum for several high school education programs & hosted professional development workshops with Chicago-area teachers.
12,529
Number of students that have participated in scholarship competitions, as of June 1, 2020.
The Destiny Project leverages Rapunzl's proven success with simulated investing competitions to provide free, citywide scholarship opportunities to low-income, college-bound seniors. Top students are selected for a rigorous 14-week program teaching practical financial skills & offering necessary professional development to prepare students for internships in Financial Services. Throughout this time, we pair students with mentors of color in financial services to begin fostering long-term relationships and seeking internship opportunities.

Only with deliberate and sustained action, can we break the invisible color barriers blocking Wall Street.
How Does It Work?
The Problem
Is Systemic
Academically
Financially
Physically
Criminally
35%
Example text that will be about one longer sentence describing the fact & qualifying.
35%
Example text that will be about one longer sentence describing the fact & qualifying.
35%
Example text that will be about one longer sentence describing the fact & qualifying.
One Step
In The Right
Direction
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.
Financial
Support
Digital
Curriculum
Professional
Development
Scholarship
Opportunities
Exposure &
Dialogue
Mentors &
Internships
Direct & deliberate investment promoting diversity in financial services will transform community banking & how communities of color interact with financial institutions.
Let's Begin
To Shift The
School-To-Prison
Narrative
By Creating A Pipeline
For Low-Income Students
To Pursue Careers In
Financial Services
How You Can Help
Physical
Space
Internship
Opportunites
Scholarship
Prizes
Professional
Attire
Financial
Assistance
Your
Time