Jordan Parisse-Ferrarini

Jordan Parisse-Ferrarini

Founding Executive Director

Trades for a Difference

Philadelphia, PA USA

'Being real’ is helping your community, not hurting your community.


By Roadtrip Nation

Jordan Parisse-Ferrarini


My road in life has been direct.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We started a handyman company out of the trunk of a car with a bucket full of tools from the pawn shop—we passed out flyers and were able to pay the bills by providing small repair services.
I saw my mom and brothers work so hard at the business that I took to it as well, seeing it was an opportunity and a way to get up and out.
I invested in myself and my education in the construction trade.
We eventually grew the business into renovations and started doing small-scale kitchen and bathrooms as well as basement restoration projects.
What started out as a small handyman business from the trunk of a car grew into a nationally awarded brand in the luxury design build industry.
As I became more successful, I realized that there wasn’t anyone else who looked like me succeeding in the industry, so I decided to do something about it.
I started a nonprofit organization, Trades for a Difference, in order to give as many people from my community access to the same types of opportunities.
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High School
Electrician Technician
Kaplan International Pathways
Orleans Technical Institute
Business and Construction Management
Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management
Master Electrician
International Code Council
OSHA Authorized Training Instructor


Founding Executive Director

I lead a nonprofit specializing in teaching young people trade skills with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I recommend finding a construction apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are one of the best and most lucrative educational opportunities in trade industries.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're real if you're out in the streets doing bad things."

Challenges I Overcame

Raised By Single Parent