Badge Up

Facilitating conversations between urban youth and neighborhood police force.

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

For years now we've watched social media broadcast individuals fall victim to police brutality. I am aware that it is an issue that needs to be addressed. But what many fail to realize is that marching doesn't solve the problem, the conversation does. These acts of racism ( power paired with prejudice) stem solely from prejudice (preconceived opinion that is not based on actual experience). Change can only be made through a change in perspective

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

As I previously stated, the underlying issue of police brutality is prejudice. Both the horrible experiences the police on duty have had in the past and the lack of positive interactions they've had while on duty makes it all but harder to let their guard down. What Badge Up would focus on, is providing a space where police and urban youth would be free to meet, communicate, and see each as humans.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

< Walk Through of Slide Presentation > Step One: Analyzing the Problem Through Perspective Research would be done to find the most at risk schools in certain areas in regards to the amount of arrests students have school suspensions, and things of that sort ( disregards race- Because I believe that this is a socio-economic issue rather than a race issue). From there, the team would reach out to the school and ask if a teacher, coach, mentor and etc would want to be a chapter leader. You would also ask the local police if they would like to participate in this program Step Two: Recruitment From there the would pick a few students to attend the program where they would participate in a program with students from other parts of town ( primarily because you want to form a bigger community. Step Three: The Meeting A conference would be held at the end of June that's when school

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

To be quite honest, one of the solutions I've seen out there is Black Lives Matter... but I haven't seen any progress being done. I've marched, I've watched marches, and so on and so forth. But sooner or later, I go down my timeline and see another person of color, a white street kid, a Hispanic individual being treating as if they are trash. No one is forming the connection, just complaining. We need to unite and become one.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

In regards to measuring impact, social media would be the go to. As this issue has stemmed from the masses become aware of police brutality. Word of mouth is the biggest weapon. Second, the change of heart in both the police and the youth.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

New partnerships would be ideal, having a few beings that have a stake in this realm come in for a conference would truly create an impact. Which would grow our platform and expand our footprint.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

-Website -Team members - School Sponsorship -Space -Funding -> speakers, food, badge, design

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

Whattt! Honestly networking is what I do best! All you need to do is reach out to various different youth influencers and current police stakeholders such as Officer Norman or Yara Ashidi who have a grasp on a mass audience in order to start a movement.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
  • Self-identify race, ethnicity, or origin: (5)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community

How did you hear about this challenge?

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Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 16.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Photo of Ariyan Miller

Hey There Fellow Changemaker,

Congrats on moving to the next phase. I wishing you the best of luck ! & I am sending love and light to all the positive things that you do.

Photo of Jaden Carrier

I like that you want to make a difference and are doing something to make it happen. You're right about the marches as they can only do so much. Face to face meetings will make a difference. Have you looked into "Coffee with a Cop" programs? I live in an area where this frequently takes place and gives the community a chance to meet up with local law enforcement.

Photo of Semran Thamer

This is an interesting idea! There is something along the lines of this going on in NYC, although its limited to college students. If you'd like to learn more about it to build your idea from, you can search for the NYC Police Cadet Internship Program

Photo of Tia Johnston Brown

I love your spirit! This is such a great idea and such an important issue. I can see you are a true changemaker. Also note I love Youth Build and know it well. It will be important to begin taking some small steps towards finding teachers/students/police who are interested in taking part in the conversation. When I saw this, I thought about a team we have in india that does something very cool. He bring the police together with his slum community by holding cricket matches. Think about what sort of fun way you could bring the community together and then have the conversation. It does wonder when play is involved in the experience. Check out Shankar here:

Photo of Brittany Corner

Great Idea to heal and bridge gaps!

Photo of Leah Graves

The future is bright and I dare say the future is Barbra! I love the passion you have about bringing healing to your community. Your spirit is beautiful and your speech is articulate! Badge Up sound like an amazing project for those that want to make the change to come to the table to get the understanding they need and break bread and love on their fellow man. Keep pushing toward greatness!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun

I commend you for addressing and attempting to solve a social problem that is prevalent in minority communities today and historically excised. Having respect for one another in spite of cultural and ecconomic classes bridges the gap. Communication and culture competence is the answer to racial division. I applaud you for the work you are doing within your community.