Young Leaders Clubs: The Journey and The Dream

Young Leaders Clubs: The Journey and The Dream

In 2012, when Embrace Richmond began doing community building work in the Historic Brookland Park area, one of the top concerns we heard was, “I wish someone would get the young men to stop dealing drugs on the street corners.” Longtime Embrace Richmond resident leader, Rudy Green, shared this dream.  He had been one of those young men when he was younger and had lost much of his adult life to drugs, crime and incarceration. One day Rudy approached a group of young men who were dealing drugs on the same corner at the same time that the High School bus dropped off the neighborhood youth.  Rudy asked the young men, “What is it going to take to get you off this corner?”  The young men answered him, “A job.” Rudy came back to our leadership team and shared the story.  He then proposed that we try to reach young people before they get to that point.  A few months later, Rudy started a mentoring group for young boys.  When we asked the boys if they could do anything to make their neighborhood better for young people what they would do, they said, “Provide a safe place to hang out and provide jobs so we can earn some money.” Over the next few years, Rudy meet with the boys weekly and our leadership team helped Rudy create small job opportunities for these young men.  They started a lawn care service, Embrace funded internships at local businesses, we encouraged our supporters to hire the young men for odd jobs.  However, none of these projects were consistent or sustainable with our...
Leaders Moving On Up!

Leaders Moving On Up!

Highlighting Our Young Leaders Isaiah and Levon have moved to level 2 which focuses on team building. The two young men have come to Embrace because of their interest in connecting with their community through  landscaping and participation in Men of All Seasons(a youth driven landscaping team). Although they are still interested in landscaping their interests have shifted into food. Isaiah dreams of becoming a chef while Levon dreams of owning his own business. Isaiah recently completed his level 1 community listening internship and was promoted to level 2. He will begin gaining traction in identifying neighbors  who are also interested in food service. The goal that Isaiah will get hands on opportunity to cook food for his neighborhood building community connectivity. Please stay tuned on Isaiah’s team building journey. Levon was able to get hired at Boogaloos Bar and Grill as a dishwasher but was recently promoted to head chef! In this way, he is able to get hands on experience on what its like to work at new thriving businesses on Brookland Park. Meanwhile, he is still working morph Men of All Seasons into a sustainable youth led social enterprise. Please also stay tuned on Levon’s journey. Isaiah on left; Levon on...
Embrace Young Heroes

Embrace Young Heroes

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Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

I met 19-year-old Kalvin Bugg, AKA Bugg, while out recruiting youth for our young leaders club pilot project in the Historic Brookland Park area. I enticed him to join us with the offer of pizza and a chance to earn some money. That was four weeks ago and already he is proving that young people are the heroes we have been waiting for! This giving season we are inviting you to show your faith in the next generation by sponsoring a young leader like Bugg.  Funds will be used as follows: a third of the funds go directly to the young leaders in the form of stipends a third of the funds go to support weekly young leaders club meetings a third of the funds go to support the development of block clubs that provide support for the community development efforts the youth are engaged in The cost of supporting each of our young leaders is $1,200 a year, or $100 per month. Our goal during this campaign is to raise sufficient funding to support 24 young leaders across Metro Richmond. Would you, a group you belong to, or your congregation consider sponsoring one of our young leaders?  We will be reporting live on Facebook with updates from our Young Leaders and encourage you to “like” Embrace Richmond on Facebook to keep up with the good work of these young heroes. Will you give an emerging leader a chance to be the change they want to see in their neighborhoods?  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  To learn more about the work done by local young heroes check out...
Help Young People Become Neighborhood Change Agents!

Help Young People Become Neighborhood Change Agents!

This past year Embrace Richmond focused on mobilizing neighborhood youth as the leaders in the development effort. Embrace partnered with local resident leaders to successfully pilot two youth leadership projects: the Young Leaders Project and the Roving Listeners Project. These neighborhood youth engaged over 100 residents in community building activities and were instrumental in launching new community action teams. The newest community action teams are focused on growing a sense of community connectedness, reducing crime, and empowering youth in historic Brookland Park. It is a great joy to watch our young leaders grow and to see their listening efforts turn into action oriented work groups. In 2015 we will continue to support projects that engage youth and young adults in the community development process. We hope to provide ten young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 with opportunities to use their gifts through a variety of community led projects.  Each of our young leaders will receive one-on-one mentoring, training in asset-based community development, leadership opportunities, and community engagement experience.  It cost Embrace Richmond more than $1,000 per young leader to provide these opportunities along with a modest stipend for our young leaders.  Please help us by supporting our Young Leaders Program.  You can make a contribution through the donate now button to the right or you can mail your donation to: Embrace Richmond P.O. Box 25880 Richmond, VA 23260 Thank you for investing in the next generation of neighborhood...