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Joy T
305 Howard Ave
(OceanHill/Bedford-Stuyvesant )
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the project

The Essence of Jayce had our inaugural event: “Fun In Fall Festival” on October 10th, 2020. We curated a Halloween event for our Designed Differently Warriors and families to experience some solace from their restricted year of the lockdown. The costumed event included: painting a canvas “paint something in the park that makes you happy”; a Halloween scavenger hunt for school supplies; pumpkin decorating; jewelry making; games, dancing and sanitizing stations.

With our Designed Differently Warriors and their families still trying to recover from all quarantine related isolation and pandemic restrictions, we felt it was necessary that our next event focus on their mental health, nutrition, and wellness. The Zen Garden Event will teach them therapeutic techniques through Meditation and Yoga: creating the connection between their mind, their bodies, and their environment. They will creatively express and utilize the tools learned in their daily activities.

the steps

With this funding we will be able to extend our services to more families with Warriors who were Designed Differently. Services will be instructional, social, behavioral, emotional support and recreational activities afterschool and during the weekend in Bedford- Stuyvesant/Ocean Hill Community.

Our activities are designed to provide young children with the tools necessary for an acknowledged life enriched with the confidence to become resourceful, making essential contributions to our society and establish a way of living. Using multiple therapeutic interventive measures, we will work to identify each child's needs, providing a safe, inclusive, supportive environment with community guidance and acceptance.

why we're doing it

The Essence of Jayce addresses the lack of services provided to young minority Designed Differently Warriors. We strive to fill the gap so that ALL children have the necessary skills to thrive. We want to continue to support our Designed Differently Warriors and provide resources for their families. Many of the minority youth in Brooklyn do not have access to beneficial physical activity outside of the limited school PE and possible therapy sessions. Being physically active boosts verbal memory, develops gross motor skills, while enhancing leadership and communication skills through social interactions.

the future

The Essence of Jayce’s current challenge is lack of daily/weekly indoor operational space during the winter months to provide Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. Our plan is to create more one-on-one activities for children with cognitive challenges by utilizing their community: Art the Park: creating art using the park as inspiration; Community Zen Garden: we cover gardening, nature, and nutrition; Game & Movie Parties: day/evening “parties” for game and movie night. Mediation & Yoga: accessing ways to connect to their environment Mind, Body & Spirit; and Book Mobile: where we hold Storytime and Book giveaways for the children in the community once a month.


Disbursed budget 5.24.22

$1,003.20 of budget will go towards creating preassembled 17 inch Safety Reflective Backpack Packs with 20 pcs School supplies including:

- 17 inch Safety Reflective Backpack with Side Pocked (9 different colors) 

- Pack of 5 crayons

- Sharpener with Dome Cover

- 2 pink erasers

- 2 Pocket folder

- Glue Stick

- Highlighter

- 70 page spiral notebook

- Pack of 4 pencils 

- Pack of 4 pens (blue and black

- 12 inch ruler

- Pencil case

$90.15 pays for refreshments for the volunteers

TOTAL RAISED =  $1,110.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $16.65

Original Budget:

Funds will go towards: youth programs and youth workshops. 

  • Art supplies
  • Yoga equipment plus an Essence of Jayce tote bag.
  • Park stewardship projects and supplies.
  • Safety supplies and needs (e.g., personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitation measures, etc.).
  • Public programming focused on community health and wellbeing (including physical fitness and mental health).


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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