Young Black & Everywhere

A social justice alternative program, that opens the world to youth.

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  • Education

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  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

September 28, 1996

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(510)934-4461 1900 E. 24th st. Apt. C California: Oakland (94606)

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Date You Started Your Project Started


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

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

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

Youth who enter the juvenile justice system are introduced to a never-ending cycle of going in and out of the system until they are adults. This cycle does not only strip them of their childhood and valuable life skills, but also prepares them for a future in the adult justice system. Also, due to lack of access many youth are forced to believe the world is no bigger than their community and lack healthy outlets to express themselves.

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

I plan on solving this problem by helping make the world outside at-risk communities accessible for youth who have been a part of the juvenile justice system. Young Black & Everywhere will be a study abroad program focused around teaching restorative justice and creative writing.

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

Young Black and Everywhere initially started as a travel blog I created to show people that where you come from has no limitations on where you can go. What began as a blog is now destined to be an abroad program built around implicating the same idea to youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Over the years I have witnessed many youth confiscated of their time due to this country’s horrific justice system. My own younger brother is a victim and because of this we have lost four years together. I am motivated to become a changemaker to save these youth's time, childhood, and future! 

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

I am stepping up to make a change because I am tired of the vicious cycle created by our country's justice system!

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

The first step for a person who wants to get involved is filling out an application on our website. The application is designed to give every applicant a fair opportunity to express themselves and show us through their strengths why they should be chosen to participate. Once a person is accepted they will participate in a six-month preparation course that will include; assistance with obtaining passports, creative writing exercises, lessons centered on the history and culture of their abroad destination, team building, reading various well-known literature, and community service. After this preparation course is complete their will be a three-week gap before the person goes abroad. During their trip abroad they will partake in a series of activities that focus around the values: respect, understanding, growth, and becoming open minded.

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

My project differs from other projects because it focuses on youth who receive constant neglect from society. The ones who are looked down upon and pushed into the world with multiple odds against them. There are many youth study abroad programs but there are none specifically for youth who have been in the juvenile justice system. There are also none locally focused on giving youth the tools to learn how to express themselves through creative writing.

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

As Young Black & Everywhere gradually progresses and gain community attention it makes a difference in many people lives by becoming an example of a what happens when you put a dream into action. It motivates others to work hard and confirms that anybody can be a changemaker if they truly want to. Also, through merchandise sales we have raised enough money to purchase one youth a passport! Which gives them the first step towards exploring the world.

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

My plan for taking my project to the next level is partnering with a local uprising organization in my community called Youth Bar. The Youth Bar allows at-risk youth to meet on their terms for their desired reasons, in an environment that is set up for participants to succeed. While also providing nutritious food, supportive mentors, access to various workshops based around life skills and many more beneficial aspects. Through this partnership, my project will be taken to the next level by gaining a fiscal sponsor, a solid location for my preparation course, and a safe space the youth can visit when Young Black & Everywhere is not in session.

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

  • Legal Services

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Donations less than $100

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

  • 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

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