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

The IMPACT Town Hall Project is a new initiative whose goal is to rise to the unique challenges and opportunities our youth face occasioned by the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, addressing these dually raised inequality issues.

The IMPACT Town Hall Project is a multi-platform series of actions to give agency to Harlem Youth. We are inviting our young people to a place at the table, voice and share their concerns, receive historical grounding, and listen and speak to leaders and supporters of the social justice movement. 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.

IMPACT's overall objectives are to transform young people's lives; 85% of our members have graduated from high school, and 85% have enrolled in college, with a graduation rate of 90%. The Town Hall Project goal is to keep our young people engaged and motivated and to encourage them, as always, to be leaders within their community.

Comprised of three phases and multiple actions:

Phase I: Pre-Town Hall Event: October 3, 2020, Casting The Vote – A Dramatic Performance & Call To Action IMPACT youth organized a "Social Distance" Performance, Unity Gathering & Voter Registration Drive in St Nicholas Park, Harlem

Phase II: IMPACT Town Hall: November 13, 2020: What We Do Now Matters Forever –  The Impact Town Hall will be a youth moderated panel discussion on current events. The panel will consist of IMPACT's Exec. Artistic Director, Jamal Joseph, and special guests from the entertainment and activist communities. Discussions will include but are not limited to Black Lives Matter, COVID's effect on the Black community, intersectionality, peaceful protesting, and how to engage in civic engagement safely. The youth will help plan the event and get hands-on experience organizing, devising, and direct instruction in questioning and discussion techniques. A shortlist of potential panelists includes; Julia Styles, TI, Colin Kaepernick, Sonia Sanchez, Mosaic, Freedom Rider, and a Youth Company from St. Louis. 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.

Phase III: Repertoire Material: October through December 2020 – Young people will develop the actions, performances, and talks as new material added to the IMPACT performance repertoire.

At IMPACT Repertory Theatre, the performing arts are a vehicle to promote resiliency, healthy decision-making, and academic success. Our programs provide young people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to tackle the social injustices that often stand in the way of their success. IMPACT programs combine training in the creative arts (spoken word, musical theater, dance, poetry, and songwriting) and youth leadership development through the concept of Artivism.





the steps

Phase I: Pre-Town Hall Event: October 3, 2020 Casting The Vote 

  • Creation of materials and rehearsals 

Phase II: IMPACT Town Hall : November 13, 2020: What We Do Now Matters Forever

  • Youth to plan program 
  • Reach out to guest speakers 
  • Creation of materials and rehearsals 
  • Set up tech for virtual and onsite sessions

Phase III: Repertoire MaterialOctober through December 2020

  • Creation of materials and rehearsals 

why we're doing it

The IMPACT Town Hall Project's goal is to rise to the unique challenges and opportunities our youth face occasioned by the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, addressing these dually raised issued of inequality.


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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