In the Streetz

From the troubled streets , to reforming the community streets.

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Date Started

May 24th , 2018

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?

The Afro Youth of America's biggest problem in this country is discrimination. It is through discrimination that Afro Youth loses their opportunities to compete in a country that promotes "equal opportunity." Discrimination promotes a cycle of constant oppression and inequality in the Afro Community, making it difficult to break the chain of the systematic abuse. This problem constantly occurs because we live in a system designed for us to fail.

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

I plan on solving this problem by introducing the Afro low-income communities to a program called In the Streetz. In the Streetz is a program designed for the Afro Youth that feels like they're stuck. The programs promotes leadership through purpose and passion. Often times people want to help, but don't know how to effectively do so. In the Streetz, let's the attendees participate in activities that help mold their leadership skills. It is important to build trust in the community that the attendees are from because it makes the community form as one. I want the organization to provide a constant open area for the attendees. The attendees will not only have a safe space but will also have a place to call their own. The program will introduce activities dedicated to certain leadership skills that explore the attendees' individual goals. Since the program would be in the summer time it could reduce the involvement in youth crimes. This organization would be a perfect place to introduce intersectionality between students and mentors alike. Programs will include, but not limited to confidence exercises, collaboration, financial literacy classes, and hands-on leadership building.

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

When someone attends In the Streetz they gain life experiences that will help them discover their passions, while being an active leader in their community. Attendees will get to know who they are as a person. The programs offered will help them discover their motivation for them wanting to become a leader. Someone who completes the program will have received community service hours, life goals, networking opportunities, and more. The people who work for and/or volunteer for the program will experience an opportunity to apply their leadership skills.

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

In the Streetz has a different approach in how we mold our leaders. The organization promotes leadership while actively changing the community. We are not promoting our idea of what a leader is on them. We want attendees to have an experience tailored to who they are as an individual. We hope to start the program will 200-300 students ages 12-19 in the Metro Atlanta Area. The program will have instant results in the communities where the programs are. Lastly, we differ because we are an organization designed for Afro communities by Afro leaders.

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

We plan to know we are making a difference by the philanthropy displayed by the attendees. We hope to have the attendees actively apart of their communities. We also will know we made a difference in the number of attendees who want to become apart of the In the Streetz team. A contribution is one of the most rewarding things that can happen to this organization. Contributions make In the Streetz feels less like an organization, and more like a community effort.

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

Of course, an expansion would be one of our goals. Reaching more Afro Youth communities would allow more trust regarding our organization. We would also like to expand our reach with a campaign called " hands in the streetz." This is a buddy system that will be available in the fall and spring. It allows the students to have a support system outside of the program. It's important that progress is constant, and not just available in the summertime.

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

We plan on getting local team members. We want to get members that identify with students so a bond can be established. I do plan on getting a school sponsorship from my university. My school is all about diversity, and help make a difference. We plan on getting funding from local communities and organizations. It's very important that people feel like this organization is something that can be beneficial to all.

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support

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.

Working with other organizations who share a common goal would be a huge game changer in how we help the community. Our organization is all about promoting leadership, so working with other leaders would improve the organization for the better. I plan on developing joint programs and campaigns. I would also like to bring other changemakers in to act as a mentor. It's very important that we establish a constant support with our attendees. It's also important that attendees hear stories of change.

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media


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Great Idea!

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