Ways We Give Back

The Jazzmine Marie Nolan Foundation is a 501c(3) organization established in 2007 serving youth ages 8-25 in the capacities of performing arts, entrepreneurship, scholarship and mentoring.

Dr. Jazzmine Nolan-Echols has independently served more than 1,000 youth in 8+ school districts and 12 communities in St. Louis, MO investing over $350,000.

She relates to and identifies with unaccompanied 1st generation youth as she chartered this path independent of all natural support systems. Therefore she is beyond passionate about the development of today’s youth as they become tomorrow’s leaders in-spite of their circumstances.

The Need

20% of youth and young adults ages 13-25 are 1st Generation Everything's in their immediate families. Which turns out to be 1:7 youth. They are required to raise themselves on a journey to break generational curses and live beyond the stereotypes plagued by poverty & oppression.

The Vision

To intentionally invest in 1st Generation Youth in the areas of entrepreneurship, academia and life skills as it relates to personal and professional development.

The Mission

The Jazzmine Marie Nolan Foundation provides support, guidance and financial investment for 1st Generation Everything's that are living without parents, guardians, government or natural support systems in major metropolitan Midwest cities:

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Detroit, Michigan


  • Youth Entrepreneur Investments: Every year we conduct an event for youth entrepreneurs ages 10-18 in order to surround them with the professional services their businesses need and an initial investment into their companies. Learn More!
  • 1st Generation Youth Investments: Every year we sponsor housing stipends, pageant scholarships and academic scholarships for 1st Generation Youth both K-12 and collegiate. Learn More!
  • Performing Arts After School Program Investment: Every year we invest in step team programs that give otherwise silenced youth a voice on stage. Learn More!
  • Motherless Daughters Community Investment: We manage and oversee a program specifically for motherless daughters nationally. Learn More!