Each day the world becomes more and more interconnected and interdependent politically, financially and economically. International corporations merge to form super conglomerates. Wealth is created at a pace and in manners previously never contemplated. And yet the glaring disparity between the rich and the poor simply cannot be ignored. As wealth and a sense of investment in society are intergenerational, so are poverty and the hopelessness that all too often accompanies it. Without a doubt, many individuals and organizations throughout our country have attempted, in their own benevolent ways, to quiet the understandably desperate cries from within the inner cities. These attempts are necessary and worthwhile, but we still have not found a way to address the problems of youth living in underserved communities in a systematic way. It has been appreciated but has not provided the needed relief and has, at best, placed a bandage over a gaping wound. To be sure, it is naïve to believe that we can reverse society's woes in one day. However, we believe that concerned people can and must draw upon their individualized talents to accelerate the process in order to see some of the results we desire.
TACTT is an organization,that seeks to instill positive life skills into teenagers, particularly in the area of finance. We believe that these life skills will enlighten and empower them to become effectual, positive members of their communities. In short, we believe that with guidance, information and positive reinforcement, our country's youth can become agents of positive change for their families, their communities and for the world as a whole.
TACTT's Executive Director, Gilbert Michel, founded the organization in May of 2000, and incorporated TACTT in November of 2002. Michel has been exposed to accounting since his childhood. His father directed the affairs of the family accounting firm where Michel worked since he was 14 years old. Michel's passion to see America's inner cities of financially revived, has fueled his efforts to partner with other youth-based initiatives to further TACTT. He brings to TACTT a combination of financial experience and an abiding concern for our country's youth that is certain to inspire its participants to achieve goals they previously believed were out of reach.