Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson says, “people use their culture as a frame for understanding their world, and as a resource to do much of what they want. The same cultural patterns can frame different kinds of behavior, and by failing to explore culture at any depth, analysts miss a great opportunity to re-frame attitudes in a way that encourages desirable behavior and outcomes.”
Please see hyperlinks @ http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/young-black-males-trapped-by-rhetoric/2014/10/10/dcf95688-31e2-11e4-9e92-0899b306bbea_story.html, https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/plz2mo for an innovative initiative, which we hope you will consider materially supporting. Hip Hop is a mature art form, often the only one Black children, teens and young men respect. We want to use Hip Hop culture as a catalyst to provide these Black boys, teens, and young men with demonstrable skills sets and competencies in an affirming, structured and creative safe haven.We are initially targeting Baltimore city.
The success of the program measured through marked reduction in criminal justice contacts, truancy, delinquency, job skills, and competencies of the first class we recruit will provide quantifiable outcomes enabling us to use the Baltimore pilot as a national model we can roll out to other large urban areas.We can fund this initiative for as little as $500,000 but need $1,000,000 for the reasons detailed in the proposal. We look forward to discussing this proposal with either you or your designee.
A public service announcement message has been prepared to help introduce the project to the public. A go fund me page is also available to make donations to fund launching of the initiative. Those wishing additional information about it, or how to help out, may review the extended proposal message, or contact Dennis @ email@example.com or (410) 747-2952 or John @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) 846-8447.