intentionally building together

What if children had a foundation of all things are possible to them that believe.

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

At age 19 I gave birth to daughter during my first semester of college. When she was 5 years old she heard me yelling and cursing at her father over the phone. As soon as the phone hit the receiver I could hear quick direct steps toward me. My daughter came out the door with tears rolling down her face yelling "that's why my daddy don't come see me".....something inside me broke and shattered and I decide to make a choice! That choice was to be intentional with parenting.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian)


Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • Florida

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]


Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • Florida

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]


Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Families today have no foundation nor can they answer “the why”. Reason being, the majority of families are formed accidently, immaturely, unexpectedly and the like. I want to teach families how to be intentional and why it matters.

People who are accountable to each other and submit to authority!

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • No, not explicitly

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

I currently contract with Department of Children and Families, working with families during the process of reunification. When trust has been severed, to move forward behaviors have to change and be intentional. As people we are so busy doing that we don't see our behavior nor do we accept the view of the people closely watching our behavior. To be intentional you must have a plan, give forethought to the situations, consider the consequences and know your accountable to someone.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

ultimately I want to have a for-profit, restaurant built on accountability supporting a non-profit (intentional building together training center). Imagine a restaurant birthing character, where staff and management are held to standards they chose. Face to face with the consequence of your actions and choosing. A restaurant where culinary students, work release inmates, and people willing to do something different move forward intentionally. Over the past 2 years I've contracted with DCF, I've just recently gotten to work with more families as the department makes updates to it's provider network system. Which will allow case worker less opportunity to continue to only make referrals to the same providers they've worked with previously.

Organization Type

  • hybrid

Annual Budget

  • $10k - $50k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Having a for-profit (restaurant) support the non-profit (intentional building together training center). The restaurant will be made popular with the creativity of the rotation of talented interns, who will work from the bottom (dishwasher) to the top (executive chef) learning the value of being accountable and submitting to authority

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

There's nothing like this that I know of, although there are services whom provide some of the service but nobody provides them all together and in the way I am. There is always a market to develop individuals and families. With the decline of 2-parent household, and an increase in unwanted pregnancies, our society is in great need of learning how to be intentional in our efforts of producing productive, and accountable citizens.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Creating environments where children can grow and learn with/from people who they can trust to keep them safe. Doing the same old thing and expecting different results hasn't worked nor will it. As we grow we are inspired to try new things (change) and we should embrace it. Not one thing will work for everyone in all situations so we must continue to look forward to the new best thing.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

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Photo of Andre Wicks

Hi, cool idea.  We have an idea similar in Spokane.  It is a faith based venture but the purpose is much the same.  Use purposeful skill building (in the form of culinary arts) to build better citizens.  Best of luck to you!

Andre Wicks 

Photo of S. Michelle

Thank you! It is based off the word of God, it gives you a foundation from which to based everything else, which most people don't have or they don't understand what foundation they stand

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