Business of Pride: Jordan Costen-Sumpter

One of the principles my mother instilled in me is that you always give back. During my junior year at Howard University, there was a call for people to volunteer to tutor at a charter school, just a few blocks away. I fell in love with tutoring. A year and some change later, I kept that ball rolling and started volunteering with Horton’s Kids, mentoring kids from Southeast, helping them with their homework, helping them make goals, just being there to listen and encourage them. 

I decided I needed to take some time to think about how I really want to give back in a way that matters. I was like, “What might I have needed growing up as a gay kid in the Bible Belt?” There were no adults I could talk to. No one at school, no religious leader or elder I could be open and honest with about who I was and the questions I had. Why not create a safe space for LGBTQ youth?

I’m ambitious. I see a vision and see it through. I had never run a nonprofit before. I’d been in IT account management…

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