The Resilience, Excellence, and Diversity Initiative is a nonprofit organization founded by Nick Guillen. Our mission is to foster the personal and professional development of ambitious Black and Latino college students through direct and intense coaching.


The Fellowship of Merit is a 12-week virtual program for Black and Latino college students pursuing careers in financial services.

Through this program, students will improve their professionalism, discipline, and leadership to ultimately graduate as RED Leaders. We will ensure each student receives the right coaching and information as they navigate through their early careers in finance.

Once students graduate as RED Leaders, they will continue their professional journey by engaging in monthly meetings with a volunteer mentor.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, September 3 at 11:59pm.



What will I get once I graduate from the program?

Each graduate will receive a $1,000 stipend, a volunteer mentor, a graduation plaque, letter of recommendation, and become an official RED Leader.

Additionally, one student will be awarded the “Leader of the Cycle.” The recipient of this award receives a Training The Street bundle ($500 value), an additional plaque, and recognition on all social media platforms.

What is the time commitment?

The program will be 12 weeks long. You will attend virtual workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 8:30pm EST. There will be a total of 24 workshops.

The first workshop is September 12th. The final workshop is December 7th.

How will the workshops be hosted?

Workshops will be hosted via Zoom.

How is this program different from any other program?

Our culture will differ from any organization you have heard of. Our program will instill discipline, reward on merit, and more importantly, provide you with valuable and accurate career information.

Who will teach the workshops?

The founder, Nick Guillen, will conduct all of the workshops. However, there will be 5 workshops with volunteer professionals assisting.

Will I receive a mentor?

Upon successful completion of the 12-week program, you will receive a mentor working in the financial services industry.

I am a graduate student. Am I eligible?


If I am not Black or Latino, am I eligible for this program?

No, you must identify as Black or Latino.

How many workshops can I miss?

If this is a question you’re asking, we are not the program for you.

My question isn’t here. How can I get in contact?

Email us at info@theredinitiative.com.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, September 3 at 11:59pm.