February 2021
Recap - Adulting 101: Buying Your 1st Home

Thank you to all of our GRYP members who attended the second segment of our Adulting 101 series this month to learn from Stuart Wilson of Treadstone Funding and realtor Bryan Cody about the ins and outs of buying your first home.
Meet Black-Owned Business: BareAll

Martin Luther King Jr. walked so that we could run. Each month, we will be shining the spotlight on people of color and the business they run. This month, learn about clothing line and screen printing shop, BareAll Clothing.
RESCHEDULED: Understanding the Effects of Poverty

Please join us for our newly rescheduled virtual event, "Understanding the Effects of Poverty," now happening on Thursday, March 25 at 6:00pm. Register here.
Meet Black-owned Business: BareAll Clothing
We had the pleasure of interviewing Jovan Naves, owner and director of operations of BareAll Clothing, a clothing line "of the people" developed in Grand Rapids, MI to offer comfortable, fashionable, yet affordable pieces. BareAll gives their customers a voice by listening to their input in the creation of our products. BareAll has won several awards for their work: Winner of GRABB – Young Entrepreneur, Start Garden – 100 Ideas.

Jovan Naves, a GR-native and East Kentwood graduate, started BareAll as a side hustle in 2013 while studying graphic design at Wayne State University. The business was formally manifested after Jovan apprenticed for a print studio after graduating from WSU in '14, and he came back to Grand Rapids to run WMCAT’s printing studio. With this experience, Jovan quickly realized that he could run his own screen printing business.

After seven years, BareAll now has its own clothing line and is a B2B (business-to-business) screen printing company currently servicing the greater Grand Rapids area. BareAll has also expanded into owning their own screen printing studio: BAC Print.

Jovan's vision is to continue to grow the business and mentor the youth of the community by helping them become entrepreneurs like him. His goal is for BareAll and BAC Print to be a funnel for youth to receive real world job experiences. Amidst his support of the city's youth, he also wants to have a long-term impact on the black community of Grand Rapids by helping champion the inception of more black-owned businesses.

His advice on starting a black-owned business: "Being black should be the icing on the cake; you should constantly keep educating yourself and diversify your own income."
RESCHEDULED: Understanding the Effects of Poverty
March 25 @ 6:00pm
Poverty affects many people and many aspects of a person’s life. It’s a social construct that many of us see but don’t fully understand. Join us as we engage in a simulation that digs into the effects of poverty and strengthens our DEI lens.
Looking to get involved?
Whether you're brand new to GRYP or you've a seasoned member, we'd like to invite you to get more involved with the organization. We're looking to add both board members and committee members to our team. For more information on any of these opportunities or to apply, email info@gryp.org! We look forward to being back in person with you soon.

Committees Looking for Members:

  • Social/Events
  • Development
  • Community Involvement
  • Membership
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Open Board Positions:

  • Secretary
  • Community Involvement Co-Chair
  • Public Relations Co-Chair
  • Social Co-Chair
  • Education Co-Chair