DALLAS – Stream Realty Partners has teamed up with Project Destined to give 12 college students in the Dallas market the opportunity to learn about commercial real estate through a work-based curriculum this summer.
Project Destined, founded by Cedric Bobo, a Harvard MBA graduate and investment banker for more than 20 years, is a social impact vehicle that trains high school students, college students, and military veterans to be owners and stakeholders in the communities in which they live. The platform offers various avenues to introduce diverse talent to the commercial real estate industry.
Stream, a national commercial real estate firm offering an integrated platform of services, has partnered with Project Destined to provide a nine-week, work-based training program to students attending The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, University of North Texas at Dallas, and Texas Christian University. Through a curriculum of workshops, executive speaker series, and site visits, students will receive education in market research, property analysis, asset valuation, and deal financing. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in continuing education courses in financial modeling, investment management, capital markets, and affordable housing.
Blake Kendrick, Chief Operating Officer of Stream Realty Partners, emphasized the importance of the initiative by saying, “Our partnership with Project Destined is a direct reflection of our vision for Stream nationally to change the landscape of commercial real estate. Through this program, we hope to inspire a new generation of talented students to pursue this career path while emphasizing Stream’s core values of being smart, honest, nice, and passionate. We look forward to building meaningful relationships with our students.”
Students in the program will compete against each other in groups to present live real estate deals to industry leaders. Additionally, Project Destined students will be matched with mentors from Stream to share their knowledge and experience in commercial real estate in weekly meetings. Senior Associate Patrick Cruz, Associates Hannah Hutchins and Ben Harrison, and Senior Financial Analyst Jenkins Bender will serve as mentors and meet weekly with their mentees. Stream Northern Virginia Managing Director Anthony Chang and Associate Brennan Fewin will act as competition judges.
“I am eager to get involved with the Project Destined team this summer,” Bender said about her upcoming role as a mentor. “As I pivoted from another career path to commercial real estate, many people shared their time and expertise with me, which had a palpable impact on my career trajectory. I am excited to pay it forward and engage with future real estate leaders through Project Destined.”
Stream’s partnership with Project Destined is part of the company’s ongoing environmental, social, and governance efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion while creating a culture of equity at all levels.
Molly Robottom, Senior Vice President of Recruiting at Stream, sees endless opportunity in the partnership with Project Destined. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our partnership and corporate sponsorship with Project Destined. This incredible initiative embodies our core values of empowering and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Together, we are dedicated to unlocking the potential of young minds and nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit.”
Founded in 2016, Project Destined now trains and educates more than 2,500 students per year from over 350 colleges and universities in 35 markets across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. Stream joins 250 other corporate sponsors in supporting Project Destined’s mission to help the world’s most talented, diverse individuals unlock career opportunities through training, mentoring, and networking opportunities.