Announcing Joe’s Bike Shop- A Youth Led Social Enterprise

Announcing Joe’s Bike Shop- A Youth Led Social Enterprise

We are excited to announce Embrace’s newest venture, Emerging Entrepreneur Enterprises(E3). E3 will eventually become an incubator for social enterprises that are designed to help youth advance toward college and careers. As a true incubator, E3 does not own the social enterprises. They each have their own ownership structures that empower the participants of each enterprise to become the owners. The first E3 enterprise is Joe’s Bike Shop! This enterprise came about from Embrace’s collaboration with Bing Bicycle Company. Joe’s Bike Shop will operate at our All Souls (19 Overbrook Road RVA 23222) on Saturdays from 9:00-2:00 starting Saturday September 2nd. If you have a bike to donate or are in need of bike repairs please go by the shop! Also please “like” the shop’s Facebook page...
Keeping Up with Levon

Keeping Up with Levon

One of our newest Young Leaders is Levon Murray. Levon is someone who has been connected with Embrace since he was 19. Levon is 23 now and we can see his maturity! When he began partnering with Embrace it was through a neighborhood landscaping group led by Embrace’s youth outreach partner, Rudy. That connection grew into Levon joining the Young Leaders program which focuses on teaching youth and young adults about community building. Levon has shared that his dream for his community is that neighbors can learn to be more connected. He shared that he does not know many of his neighbors and does not venture far from his block. He wants to change this.  Levon has been trained in community listening and is ready to gain insight from Brookland Park’s block connectors on building community cohesion.   The other awesome part about working with Embrace is that Levon does not have to leave behind his interest in landscaping.  Embrace is currently creating a structure that allows teens to start social enterprises! Levon has expressed that his long term goal is to be a business owner. Combining his interest in connecting residents, landscaping and business Levon is crafting what he wants his social enterprise to look like and his Young Leaders internship will be customized to fit this vision. Stay tuned on how this unfolds for Levon!...
Spotlighing Eric Axelson

Spotlighing Eric Axelson

Spotlighting Eric Axelson Eric is the convener of the North Central Civic Association(NCCA) here in Richmond, VA. The term “convener” is truly important to Eric as he doesn’t consider himself someone that “leads” people but someone that brings people together. From Embrace’s time working with Eric we believe this to be true. His ability to rally and motivate his peers is remarkable. He is also extremely humble. One of the main reasons that he got involved in serving his community in this capacity is because of how welcoming the community was to him. He recalled how warm and in harmony the neighborhood felt when he moved in. Embrace is excited to see residents like Eric come forward to facilitate change in their community. We are even more excited to hear his neighborhood set the stage for this engagement in the first place. Whether residents consider themselves leaders or not, neighbors like Eric are what this city needs when it comes to mobilizing resident-led initiatives. We thank you Eric! We hope that you continue to serve and we enjoy supporting you in whatever way we can!...

Embrace Richmond Awarded Culture Works Grant!

  Embrace Richmond received one of  Culture Works annual grants which will allow us to launch our new project “Unsung Heroes”. Embedded in our Young Leaders program, youth will get a chance to learn about the heroic pasts  of Brookland Park’s longtime residents. We consider these residents to be “unsung heroes.” In the Young Leaders program, youth engage in community listening before they join an action team or begin their own community initiative in order to learn what fellow residents care about. Unsung Heroes provides a creative way for youth to do this. Through creative mediums like verbal and written storytelling, video production and theatrical performances, youth will be able to both learn and share the decorated histories of Brookland Park residents-and have fun along the...
Keeping Up with Isaiah

Keeping Up with Isaiah

  Isaiah, a Young Leader, is a hilarious yet quiet young man who lives in Brookland Park. He is excited to join the Young Leaders program. The Young Leaders program begins with a readiness phase that trains all youth in asset-based community development. Isaiah has completed this training. Each Young Leader also receives one on one mentoring. Through this mentoring, Young Leaders are able to share their personal and professional goals. In Isaiah’s case, he shared dreams of becoming a chef, learning about business and becoming more social. Another component of the Young Leaders program is the opportunity for youth to gain hands on experience in community storytelling and organizing. Isaiah is interested in collecting the stories of neighborhood teens with the goal of getting them more active. His next step will be to complete training in community listening where he will begin interviewing long time residents and teens. Isaiah believes that both trainings will not only launch him on the path to getting teens more active but will introduce him to more neighbors-thus making him more social. This is one example of how the Young Leaders program helps teens meet personal, professional and community goals. Please stay tuned and we will keep you posted on Isaiah’s journey as a Young...
Jammin’ on  the Boulevard!

Jammin’ on the Boulevard!

Jammin’ on the Boulevard was “jamming!” This event was a result of the Music Action team’s goal of bringing the community together around musical talents. The event took place in the parking lot beside Nomad’s Deli.  Brookland Park neighbors danced, clapped, listened and shared neighborhood stories. Several singers performed popular songs, gospels and oldies. Our, DJ Norman Washington, made the event inviting and kept the high energy going! The group of neighbors were full of diverse talent but the diversity in age, creed, culture and race was remarkable. The group joined hands at the end to sing ‘Lean on Me’ as we left to walk back to our homes. This event helped Brookland Park appreciate the beauty of their neighborhood.     This slideshow requires...