Embrace Young Heroes

Embrace Young Heroes

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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...
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...
Introducing the Block Connectors!

Introducing the Block Connectors!

On September 27, 2016 the “Neighbor Revolution” officially launched.  What started out as a dream birthed out of the success of one block club, became a reality with four new block connectors committing to starting block clubs on their blocks. We are so thankful to these connectors who accepted the challenge of strengthening our community one block at a time.  We want to officially thank: Michael Lease 2800 block of Hawthorne Avenue Maria Carra Rose 2700 block of Edgewood Avenue Ollie Hill 5300 block of Troy Road Trayce Colbert-Morris 3000 block of Moss Side Avenue   Research proves that neighborhoods where neighbors are connected, invested and in-control of their community are the ones that thrive. Block connectors perform four critical foundations. They CARE: Connect with their immediate neighbors Asset map those on their block Release neighborhood gifts through action teams Educate their neighbors about community building opportunities   Want to learn more about how to become a block connector:  Contact Leroy Jefferson at (804) 252-7237 or via email at Leroy@embracerichmond.org....