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)

  • Email

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 0%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 33.3%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 33.3%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 33.3%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 0%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 33.3%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 0%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 66.7%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 33.3%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 33.3%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 33.3%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 33.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 33.3%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 100%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 66.7%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 66.7%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 33.3%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 33.3%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%


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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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