With the rise in awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, we realized that beyond the protests, community education on the black experience needs to happen in order for lasting chage to be made. Our goal is to be a wheel in the driving force of education, to help students of all colors, especially black students learn what wasn't taught in school history textbooks. We want young people to not just protest, but to be educated and remain civically engaged.
Here are our Five Ws.............
Who Are We?
We are a nonprofit called The 5th, Inc. Youth Development Group estabished to help educate young people between the ages of 12 and 24 to grow personally and professionally. The 5th, Inc. is led by an African-American woman and Hispanic male along with a diverse team that includes Caucasian partners and volunteers.
What Will We Do?
We will primarily go to communities and schools within the inner-city to offer educational workshops. However we will also seek other youth groups, whether predominately white or equally mixed as long as they are interested in learning why the Black Lives Matter movement exists. Our workshops and courses can be made in-person with respect to the COVID-19 guidelines, but also offered virtually.
When Will We Do This?
We want to begin now.
Where Will We Do This?
Our inital target area is South Florida, but virtual sessions can be accesible to anyone from any geographic location.
Why Are We Doing This?
Many young people of diverse backgrounds have chosen to respond in solidarity to raise their voices against police butality against blacks. However, also seen are many young people looting who have not necessaily protested, but have taken advantage of a movement that truly matters. We believe that we can help lessen the amount of young looters by educating them on historical facts.
Funding of this campaign will allow us to focus full-time on putting our feet to the pavement to educate and train young people. It will also give us the opportunity to have minorty students as interns and raise them up to be leaders that challenge their peers to be civically minded.