Pride Entrepreneur Education Program (PEEP) was founded in 2007 by Dee Dixon, owner of Pride Communications, and the staff of Pride Magazine. Ms. Dixon knew the achievement gap would not remedy itself; consequently PEEP was created to give Charlotte’s African American youth a brighter future. Now in its 9th year, PEEP is dedicated to reaching all young people in under-served communities with programs and activities that highlight education and entrepreneurship as ways to provide for themselves, their families and their communities.
Since its inception, PEEP has reached thousands of young Charlotteans, awarded more than $85,000 in scholarships, and continues to develop programs that will positively impact local youth.
As the President and CEO of Pride Communications, Ms. Dixon is a successful entrepreneur whose work has supported many local business owners and African-American professionals in metro Charlotte. Dixon has built Pride Magazine into an important voice for the Charlotte community. Ms. Dixon is a dedicated advocate for African Americans in Charlotte, and has had many honors for her work, including Community Leader of the Year (Goody’s 2003); Charlotte Business Woman of the Year (2006); 50 Most Influential Women (The Mecklenburg Times, 2015). She is co-founder of What Women of Color Want and Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE), and is a member of the collective giving organization Women’s Impact Fund.
PEEP is a 501(c)3 organization, and is the community outreach arm of Pride Magazine.