Program Name: The Initiative
Award Amount: $16,333.33
Project Description: The Initiative idea arose from the contentious 2016 presidential election, which emboldened citizens to vocalize their community and political concerns in national demonstrations. Unable to vote, youth made their voices heard through nationwide marches, rallies and school walk-outs. Building on this awakening, The Initiative was created to help young men identify constructive ways to channel their community passion. Throughout the initiative, young men will learn about taking local, city and state community action and engaging in public service. The Initiative is committed to advancing the Baltimore community through youth education and mentorship. The Initiative inspires young men to lead their communities through civic engagement, community development and political leadership. Historically, Baltimore has low voter turnout, especially among men. The vision is a community where every citizen not only votes but is educated about the political system and encouraged to develop community-driven solutions. The initiatives’ goals include: 1) Equip Young Leaders with tools needed to lead and inspire schools and communities. 2) Encourage Young Leaders to pursue education to cultivate their voice and leadership skills. 3) Challenge Young Leaders to develop solutions to community issues they’re passionate about. 4) Train Youth Leaders to promote safety, peace, community inclusion and advancement.