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History of Organization:

The Ideal Candidate is a non-for-profit organization that fosters Black and Latinx leadership through educational workforce training and professional development. It is its mission to improve outcomes for neglected communities & diversifying industries through a free and educational workforce training and placement program in the Chicagoland area. By 2025, Ideal Candidate plans to impact the lives of 1 million Black and Latinx youth through its programming.

This organization was established in 2015 to promote business education, financial literacy, etiquette, and self-sufficiency skills among Black & Latinx students and address the country’s structurally racist labor market. We offer programs designed for all walks of life that are interested in learning more about becoming a successful professional and becoming their best self. More than 750 students have been impacted since its inception in 2015 & we’re growing rapidly. We started with the idea to impact Chicago, and we remained that way until 2018. Since then we’ve enhanced our training, processes, and community relationships. We are proud to say that Chicago is still our home and primary focus, but our current programming has grown to impact over 8 states and we have plans to expand nation-wide by end 2024 & international by 2025 and beyond.

About The Founder

Kevin P.Davenport

Kevin P. Davenport is the Founder & President of The Ideal Candidate NFP, Co-Founder of Ideal Digital Chicago & Author of “The Ideal Candidate Book”. Kevin has over 10 years of socio-economic development, public speaking, & personal development training experience. Kevin is recognized by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives as: Certified Nonprofit Consultant, Certified Nonprofit Executive, & Certified Development Executive. Kevin grew up dyslexic and with ADD so he connects with students from that perspective and speaks life into students that didn’t value their unique minds. Finally, Kevin is an athlete. In highschool he had scholarship for soccer, baseball, track, & football and ultimately decided on soccer where he played for Lewis University and won 3rd in the nation NCAA Division II his junior year. Kevin loves incorporating his experiences to promote overcoming obstacles. Kevin is a social impact entrepreneur dedicated to investing in Black and Latinx lives.

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Meet The Team

Kevin P. DavenportFounder & President
Vachon Harper-YoungBoard Chair
Tiffany HightowerBoard Vice Chair
Dania CorralBoard Secretary
Sylvia MavajiBoard member
Ja’Shar HartleyBoard Member
Nicole LaytonBoard Member
Josh GeorgeffBoard Member
Shelby ParchmanBoard Member
Calvin BrownBoard Member
Michael VanBoard Member
Crystal MarshallBoard Member
William SmithBoard Member