To end unemployment rates for young adults in historically underserved communities through entrepreneurship.
We value teamwork and partnerships that will result in creative solutions and better outcomes for the communities we serve.
We encourage the discovery of new ideas, processes, and systems in the effort to generate possibilities for employment.
We believe that every young adult can acquire the knowledge and skills to prosper in the global society while retaining their identities, culture, and personal experiences.
We believe all young adults deserve the skills, knowledge, and exposure needed to prepare for the workforce.
The Alliance 98 (TA98) is a 5013c nonprofit that was founded in 2017 by a collective of change agents lead by David Rojas Jr. and Shifa Zhong. As a young men growing up in Chicago’s own Chinatown and La Villita neighborhoods, their surroundings encouraged them to develop innovative solutions to issues relating to unemployment and violence. David and Shifa envisioned creating sustainable programs and events that provide young adults a different avenue to find a legitimate hustle and a greater sense of identity. TA98 was built on that foundation: to provide more young adults with professional development and mentorship to ensure they have the resources needed to be a global productive citizen. Since its creation, TA98 is known for providing students 16-24 years of age with professional garments and opportunities that elevate their skills.
Founding Board of Directors
Investment Associate, ICA Fund Good Jobs
Human Resources Recruitment Coordinator, UI Health
Head Chair, Leadership for Education & Equity