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Meet Kacy Rodgers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kacy Rodgers.

Kacy, before we jump into specific questions about the organization, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am originally from Beaumont, TX and a graduate of ​Lamar University. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a concentration in Communications & Public Relations. As a full-time student and employee, I spent my spare time tutoring classmates and developing a website for emerging artists & entrepreneurs on campus. After graduating, I relocated to Houston and began a career in education. Although I am in my sixth year as a teacher, I was inspired to re-launch my website, Fourth & Market, as a non-profit organization for students with interests in entrepreneurship and artistry.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey is rewarding, but it certainly is not easy. In August of 2018, we started the process of legitimizing the company as a 501.c. 501.C.3 and began sending out proposals for our first event after receiving confirmation and approval from a local school in Beaumont, TX. The Beaumont United Block Party was created to introduce high school students to the idea of entrepreneurship by having them mix and mingle with several businesses within the community. We were blessed to receive great participation from the schools, entrepreneurs, vendors, and community organizations in the area, but the student turnout for the event was extremely low. This setback was unfortunate and quite discouraging. However, it gave us the knowledge and experience needed to improve our tactics for acquiring youth participation.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Fourth & Market Broadcast is the intersection of education & entrepreneurship. Our nation has seen the largest spike in young entrepreneurs and educators continue to tailor curricula to reflect this milestone. F&M is a 501.C.3 non-profit that exposes the journey of entrepreneurship & artistry to students by offering high-impact instructional plans to teachers, as well as partnering with local schools to host seminars and events that encourage innovation in the classroom. F&M prides our self on the collaboration or joint production among our entrepreneurs, artists, and other non-profits. We exist in an era, giving way to advances in media & technology, making it easier to connect with the community and build partnerships.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career is the day I received the Articles of Formation for Fourth & Market from the State of Texas. I always had a desire to re-launch the website I created in college but wasn’t sure of its direction or audience. However, after six years in the classroom, I began to realize that the world was creating career opportunities that did not align with the educational goals of college, military, or workforce. Many students had families who owned businesses and could see themselves taking over one day. Others were wanting to utilize their social media to begin branding themselves as young entrepreneurs and artists. The purpose of education is to teach students to think critically and provide them with the skills needed to become productive citizens in society. So, I knew it was time to show students an alternative route and receiving the letter in the mail was confirmation that I was on the right path.

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