From advisor Kenneth “Kendo” Aytch, acting chairman of the University of the Streets.
UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS is a non-profit, educational, charitable organization dedicated to providing a safe, creative space for youth 8-19 to express themselves in a variety of creative and nurturing ways.
Our E.S. (Youth Encouragement Society) Program is an outgrowth of our rich history of community service in the educational/cultural, and philanthropic arenas. Our program and workshop offerings specifically target youth 8-19, but our broader vision is to become a community hub, where parents can also benefit from our services like internet access, faxing, copying and weekend entertainment. We believe that creating a holistic approach to community building can only benefit the children that are our primary mission.
ADDRESSING COMMUNITY NEEDS
We believe that to touch the minds and further the aspirations of our youth, we first must understand the mind and know the dreams. The youth of today are the adults of tomorrow, so today is the time to SAY Y.E.S. TO LIFE. Along with structured programs, we also offer a safe space to hang out, be encouraged and develop socialization skills as well as self-exploration. These include, but are not limited to:
— A computer room and a performance/music and movement instruction loft equipped with a full backline of musical instruments and sound equipment.
— Movie nights will include a variety of historical, educational/cultural and contemporary movie screenings.
— Homework help, unstructured play and nutritious snacks are also a backbone of our offerings
E.S. provides a positive, productive environment. Our doors are open to provide a safe haven to all who take a step forward to success, and desire to explore personal aspirations. Crisis and ongoing counseling is always available. Y.E.S. is a program designed to foster positive outcomes for youth who choose to make a change for the better.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
— DONATE!!! — Go to our GOFUND ME PAGE AND GIVE GENEROUSLY: gofundme.com/2wt3cc9w
— Follow us on Facebook/Twitter (@UoftheStreets) AND INSTAGRAM (UOFTHESTREETS)!
— Connect us with others who might provide in kind donations: art supplies, musical instruments, mentoring .et. al.
— Let parents and kids know about us!
— SPREAD THE WORD!
— VOLUNTEER !