project leader
Mary Jane M
229 West 135th Street
(Harlem )
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the project

What We Do Now Matters Forever

Inviting our young people to a place at the table

YOUTH MODERATED PANELS – Hands-on experience organizing and instruction in questioning and discussion techniques.

  • COVID 19 Effects
  • Black Lives Matter 
  • Safe Civic Engagements 

GUEST PANELISTS – Shortlist of potential panelists and collaborators.

  • Julia Styles
  • TI
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Sonia Sanchez
  •  Mosaic
  • Freedom Rider


  • Health Issues
  • Poverty
  • Violence
  • Racism 


  • Resiliency
  • Healthy Decisions
  • Academic Success


  • Peace
  • Love
  • Respect


  • Spoken Word
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Songwriting

Approximately 30 IMPACT youth will participate in the Town Hall Project. IMPACT's Arts & Leadership Program serves youth, ages 12 to 19, mainly from Harlem. Most are young people of color. The young people with whom we work face myriad challenges to their healthy development, including; poverty, failing schools, violence in their homes and neighborhoods, high unemployment among youth of color, substance use, housing instability, institutional racism, sexism, and heterosexism.

IMPACT TOWN HALL – What We Do Now Matters Forever

the steps

IMPACT youth will work with leaders and staff to plan a series of town hall talks and events. They will reach out to guest speakers, create materials, and receive training in questioning and discussion techniques. With the help of staff and consultants, they will learn to set up audiovisual materials and receive tech support for virtual and onsite sessions. Through the process, youth will develop and rehearse work new materials into the IMPACT Repertoire.

why we're doing it

IMPACT youth have experienced a disproportionate impact from the COVID pandemic based on their race, socioeconomic status, and location in Harlem. In addition to coping with the COVID, our young people struggle with the death of young Black Americans and witness the global, national, and local attention on equality and racial justice. The Town Hall Project is a multi-platform series of actions to give agency to Harlem Youth to organize and participate in discussions on crucial issues to them and their community.




Production of IMPACT masks and printed materials $400

Meals for youth during performance days $1200

Stipends for youths during rehearsals $4171.84

* Staff Salaries prep & rehearsals $6000

Video Recording & Editing for Rehearsals and Events $2000

Tech & Support Equipment $2400

*Due to additional $200

raised we were able to increase stipends for youth by $171.84

TOTAL RAISED = $16,444.00 $16,444.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $272.16 $271.11
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $16,171.84 $16,137.89


Production of IMPACT masks and printed materials  $400

Meals for youth during performance days $1200

Stipends for youths during rehearsals $4000

Staff Salaries prep & rehearsals $6000

Video Recording & Editing for Rehearsals and Events $2000

Tech & Support Equipment $2400

ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,244

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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