Youth Bar

To provide a safe space for youth with mentors and various workshops such as: financial education, mental health awareness, nutrition, etc.

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5106920116 California: Oakland (94621)

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

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

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

We are helping to solve a few problems: the issue of young scholars (latchkey kids) being at home alone for some part of the day due to single parents working odd hours, the fact that financial education is still not apart of the curriculum for schools, the lack of knowledge offered to youth about nutrition and mental health, lastly overall the lack of support for youth ages 13 - 18.

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

The solution to these problems are to: open up a decent size space so youth can come together and reap the benefits of what the program has to offer such as: workshops that will advance financial independence, help them gain insight about nutrition and mental health, eliminate stereotypes about rappers by allowing young scholars to use the studio inside the space to express bottled up emotions, and provide a safe place with supportive staff members.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I felt as though there were a plethora of places adults could choose from to go hang out, but in comparison, there aren't many options for young people like myself to do the same. Therefore, my FC (see 1 min. video for "FC" details) and I decided to create a third place outside of school and home for youth to come socialize, create, learn, and take advantage of all the support and resources made available to members of the program. Outside of that, we felt like athletes always had something fun to do after school because they played a sport. This brought us to think about scholars that didn't have any obligations after school per say, that could separate them from their school work... something they could use as a DE stressor. I feel as though the Youth Bar would be a perfect place. The Youth Bar is an early stage social change vision. Where a teen can be a teen!

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

June 23, 2005 Mahayleeona Martinez

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

True Story: My most recent encounter was with a male whom was very interested in making conversation with me, so he did. One thing led to another during the conversation about business. I gave him our business card for the program that also includes information about our website. Folks who are interested in volunteering donating, buying merchandise to help fund this program can do so through the site. He was very intrigued by the conversation we had and sent us an email through the website before we left the facility. He expressed what he would like to do moving forward which was put me in touch with a friend of his who is running a similar program and he also asked for a volunteer opportunity. We keep a log for people that has expressed interest about volunteering time. That way for the next funraiser we have a list of people we can pull from to help out at future events.

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

The Youth Bar will have a very hard focus on advancing financial independence for the youth and other transferable life skills that aren't included in the school's curriculum. Outside of skill enhancement, the program space wont be very big. My middle/high school experience was very small in size and in numbers, which meant it was more intimate. The Intimacy. The Energy. The Leadership. The Financial Education. The transferrable life skills that'll be acquired after becoming a member of this program is what's different about our project in comparison to others.

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

Idea stage: Will be measured by testimonies, word of mouth from previous members that were a part of the program prior to moving forward in life, we will keep track of college acceptance rates, monitor behaviors inside and outside of school prior to joining the program and after, and keep logs from counselors to measure students progress.

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

I recently met folks in the liquor business, some marketers for tech companies, some lawyers, and a lot of other business savvy people who are interested in learning how they can help our program. But we are so early in the stages that a lot of relationship building will take place over the course of time. In addition to time being spent on relationship building, the Youth Bar will continue to host fundraisers so we can gain traction on our own so these other companies can see that efforts are being made and are more willing to take a chance with us or simply put some funding behind the cause because they believe in it! Furthermore we have already established a relationship/Partnership with YB&E

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Brand Development

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

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

  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

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
  • LGBTQ community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email
  • Word of mouth

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Anastasia Walton

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 100%

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

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

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

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2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 75%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25%

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

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3. Creativity

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4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

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

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5. Connection

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Youth Bar & YB&E Brochure

The youth bar.pdf

Youth Bar and YB&E Brochure


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I love this idea. My project, Shrink the Gap, provides salary negotiation workshops to young women to help close the gender wage gap. But, everyone can benefit from salary negotiation and interview workshops! It would be a great idea if you included certain classes about the appropriate attire one should wear during an interview. For example, I went to a local public school in a low-income neighborhood to pre-register students to vote there, and there was a woman from Men's Wearhouse talking about what's appropriate and not appropriate to wear to an interview. Maybe you can also host fundraisers to raise money to be able to provide students with formal clothing who can't afford it!

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