Program Name: Challenge 2 Change
Award Amount: $20,000
Project Description: Challenge 2 Change’s mission is to positively impact at-risk youth as they transition from pain to gain. The organization’s purpose is to trigger the targeted youths’ visions and dreams by creating an awareness of both positive and negative role models in their communities. Incorporating strong male and female mentorship, along with proven youth development strategies, Challenge 2 Change will rebuild program participants’ confidence while challenging them to reach their full potential. The Program will provide nine months of mentorship to 15 youth ages 7-17, with a focus on disconnected youth, youth at high risk for potentially dropping out and African-American males ages 12-16. They will also Install 5-10 youth leaders ages 16-22 to serve as ad-hoc advisors, referring new participants, recommending new activities and assisting in group gatherings.