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Youth In Charge !
1644 St Johns Pl
(Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
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13 days to go, and another video!

the project

Youth In Charge is a youth organizing project focused on issues of importance to young people of color in Central Brooklyn. We lead workshops and host events for other youth about social justice, violence prevention, and community involvement. This February, we want to focus on the Black culture, community, and history in Central Brooklyn by creating a month-long campaign to raise awareness about gentrification and other issues changing our community and impacting us as young people.

To prepare for this campaign, the Youth In Charge group will take a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with other youth organizers and to visit the National Museum of African American History. People gain strength and affirmation from knowing the history of their culture's contributions to society. We believe this trip will provide inspiration, insight, and valuable information to channel into planning youth-led discussions, music, art, placemaking events, and a social media campaign for Black History Month

Our campaign will be documented on our social media platforms listed below and at
Follow us for more updates: 

  • Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat @youthorganizing

the steps

Planning Process

  • 15 Youth Leaders and staff travel to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History and conduct Youth Organizing Exchanges with local activist groups. This trip will help us gain new perspectives and content to bring back to the Brooklyn community and incorporate into our events locally.

  • We will document the trip on social media to share what we are learning with our friends and community back in Brooklyn. 

  • To prepare for the Brooklyn campaign, we will break into planning committees to organize the campaign’s many components. Committees will include: Events Planning, Arts & Entertainment, Budget & Logistics; Placemaking, and Outreach & Promotion.

  • Among other tasks, committee members will be responsible for identifying artists, performers, vendors, entrepreneurs, and community partners. 

  • We will also create a calendar of Black History Month events to raise awareness of resources and opportunities for people to take part in.

why we're doing it

In Central Brooklyn, gentrification is widespread and long-term black residents and families are being pushed out. As young people who have lived here our whole lives, we sometimes walk down the street and wonder if we are even welcome here. By hosting this Black History Month campaign, we we want to help young black people feel represented and connected to the community. Periodt!

Black history is not taught as it should be in many of our schools. Media often portrays black youth negatively, rather than as valuable, contributing members of society. When we are not shown the full range of accomplishments of black people historically and today, we may not realize the strength and power that is within us! By developing a Black History month campaign, we want to share the stories of how communities of color flourish, come together in solidarity, and support one another.

The research and learning trip to Washington D.C. will further enhance our own perspectives and knowledge, which we will then share with our community at home. We need your help to make the D.C trip and the Brooklyn-based events possible.


Disbursed Budget:

$686 Bus to DC and back for 17 people
$294.20 DC metro cards to visit Museum of African American History and
Howard University
$195 Walking Tour of the U Street Black Broadway district
$400 Black History Month Event Food, Decorations, and Supplies for 2/29
*Total: 1,575.20*

TOTAL RAISED = $1,660.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $49.80

Original Budget:

$3,500 Group Trip to D.C.
$500 Black History Month Event Decorations and Supplies
$500 Black History Month Event Food
$400 Black History Month Event Pride T-Shirts
$100 Black History Month Event Venue Fee

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $156



13 days to go, and another video!

Hello friends and supporters! We want to thank you for helping us surpass 30% funding towards our goal! As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare for the New Year, we are focused on our goals and are seeking your help to make them a reality. We are raising $5,000 to travel to Washington DC where we'll visit youth organizers and tour the Museum of African American History. Then, we'll return to Brooklyn and host Black History Month events locally. We want to create spaces for black youth to come together and learn more about our history, celebrate our cultural influences, and join in solidarity to promote peace, safety, and strong communities.

Check out this video of Youth In Charge member, Shavonne, to learn more about why she is committed to this cause, and then share it with your friends to help us spread the word and raise more funds! Click below to watch.

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Week 1 - We've got a video for you!

Thank you to everyone who has donated in the first 6 days of the campaign! We are excited about this opportunity to travel outside Brooklyn, see everything the museum has to offer, and then bring back that new knowledge and inspiration to put on events right here in our neighborhoods raising consciousness, pride, and solidarity among other young people. We put together a short freestyle to show the energy we have for this project. In the video you'll see Youth In Charge members Julissia, Kia, Wise, Enyah, Abe, and Nyrearra. The video was filmed by YIC member Monica, and the beat and videography is YIC member Jahlirica.

Check it out on our Facebook page here!

Click video to watch on the NIA Youth Center Facebook page



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