“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglas
We wish that there was a cookie cutter formula on how to engage with young people in our city, but there just is not. The needs are great, but if we create a village of support, there is no need that has to go unmet.
We have learned that showing love and care goes a long way. At Brandnew, we've attended graduations, sporting events, and recognition programs. We've also provided tutors, taught life and entrepreneurial skills, and been a connector to young people needing guidance in a particular area.
Our philosophy is "Each One, Teach One"! Our children are trying to navigate life in broken communities and they really need support. Our youth know that they can come to us for anything and we will make it happen, sharing lessons along the way.
― Nelson Mandela
Cleveland is a beautiful and diverse city, nestled on the shores of Lake Erie. We have world class sports teams, five star food establishments, and renowned cultural institutions. Like similar urban cities, we suffer from institutional racism and the lasting impact of redlining.
In a city that has so much to offer to its residents and visitors, there are some community members who never get to experience the city from the lens of a tourists. Many youth that are a part of Brandnew have never even seen Lake Erie, let alone been to visit the ocean.
Our organization recognizes the importance of exposure. Expanding the lens in which a young person sees the world can change the trajectory of their future.
We have annual trips to Washington D.C., African American historical sites, and historically black colleges.
Our goal is to expose as many youth that we can...no child will be left behind!
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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.
Service is an integral component to Brandnew. In communities that are marginalized and dis-invested in, we cannot allow our children and community members to do the same. We must have pride in our neighborhoods.
Whether we are facilitating a neighborhood clean-up, cutting grass for seniors, or serving meals to those in need, our youth know first-hand the importance of service.
The community knows that it can count on Brandew to instill a sense of pride in our youth.