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November 23, 2012 is a day that changed Lucia McBath's life forever. Her son, Jordan Davis, and his friends had stopped at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, after having finished shopping on Black Friday. What occurred next is unconscionable. Police say the man parked next to them, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, got into a confrontation with them over loud music coming from their car and opened fire, hitting Jordan several times. Investigators say the teens had no weapons. Dunn claims he was threatened and is attempting to use Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law as the basis of his defense.
Join us Thursday night, December 5th, for a very special episode of Passion in Action TV as I have the privilege of speaking with Ms. McBath about her son and her efforts since his tragic death to get "Stand Your Ground" laws overturned in this country.
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Today is my birthday and I was wondering if you would do me a BIG favor...
Actually the favor is more for some other people than it is for myself. Metro Merge recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund a project that will give youth the opportunity to get hands-on entrepreneurship and media skills training. You can learn more about this project by clicking down below and the ways that you can contribute. We REALLY need your help to make this a reality. Thanks in advance for your consideration and donations. After all, it is my birthday :-)
Metro Merge Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Fund Venture that will Teach Youth the Business of Media
Crowdfunding Campaign Overview
Historic South Atlanta was once a thriving community of educational professionals that now suffers from a poverty level of 43%. It is our belief that a vibrant business community is essential to a healthy neighborhood. Metro Merge will utilize this youth media project to accomplish its mission to fight poverty by strengthening local businesses, specifically among youth.
We're super excited about this opportunity to launch a community-focused media production company where we will equip youth with entrepreneurial skills in media content creation and distribution for social impact. This initiative is part of our overall commitment to fight poverty by growing small businesses and creating jobs. Specifically teens will have the opportunity to:
What We Need & What You Get
We need $20,000 to launch this media production company. Here's what your donations will pay for:
***Check out these great perks you get when you give...
Studies show approximately 70% of students want to start their own business, but less than 30% receive the training they need to launch a successful business. Entrepreneurial training among youth has also been proven to increase interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and social responsibility, and decrease risky behavior.
We realize youth are drawn to particular industries, such as media, technology, sports, and music. This initiative will allow them not just to be consumers, but to be creators of content, jobs, and opportunities for themselves and others.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. Here's a couple other things you can do:
And that’s all there is to it.
***Simply click here to donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/559110/wdgi/488965
We are going to have a very exciting show this week on Passion in Action TV. For the very first time our show will be focused on teen entrepreneurs and the great things they are doing in business and the community. Read below to learn more about these young dynamic leaders.
Jalon Griggs a.k.a. J-Plus was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up entertaining and performing at very early age. J –Plus is what most would consider a quadruple threat: actor, dancer, model, and rapper. At the age of 11 years old J- Plus has already graced many stages and screens with his natural talent and ability to turn pure entertainment into an art form. J-Plus is on a mission to bring awareness to pressing issues that kids face in today’s society and has been recently “Standing Up Against Bullying” in the Community. He brings comedy, drama, intensity, sincerity, and a personality that captivates the hearts of every audience that sees him. J-Plus wishes to inspire others through his music and encourage up and coming artist to pursue their dreams. He believes that he can touch the world by uplifting others with his talents as well as his commitment to greatness; and yes when you are dealing with greatness, it always a “plus”.
Trent Williams started his company, Jewelry Funds, at the age of 12 in 2012 when he got accepted into Woodward Academy (the largest independent private school in the U.S.) located in Atlanta to help assist his mother with tuition. All proceeds from the sale of the jewelry go towards his tuition and future education goals. He is very outgoing and uses a high level of customer service to win over new customers. Trent's hobbies include chess, basketball, swimming, drama, and robotics. He stays busy by taking Saturday aeronautics classes as part of the Aviation Career Enrichment Program at Fulton County Airport - Brown Field. Learn more about Trent at www.jewelryfunds.com.
Look forward to being inspired and ignited by these awesome next generation leaders this Thursday, September 19th, streaming live online at 7 PM EST only at www.passioninaction.tv. You can watch on your computer or any mobile device. See you Thursday!
Studies show approximately 70% of students want to start their own business but less than 30% receive the training they need to launch a successful business. Entrepreneurial training has also been proven to increase interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and social responsibility among youth, and decrease risky behavior.
So we're very excited to invite you to our Metro Merge Community Open House Saturday, September 21. We will use this time to share our vision and give the community an opportunity to learn about our youth and adult entrepreneurship programs, which will launch in October. See you there!
There is no doubt the verdict from the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida has had a polarizing effect across this country. Many people in the black community and others feel a great injustice was wrought with the acquittal of George Zimmerman. In situations like these it's hard not to be emotional no matter which side of the result that you're on.
One thing for certain is that we still have a race relations problem in this country. And because this is true, we have to be as diligent and intentional as ever to see things from God's perspective in order to move forward in love, but also with the tools and strategies to root out injustice wherever it exists.
READ: How Your Purpose is Connected to Justice
"After the Verdict" will be a special broadcast of Passion in Action TV this Thursday at 7pm ET. We'll have a special panel comprised of communities leaders who'll be discussing how to help our communities move forward positively, especially related to our teens and young adults.
Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 20 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy Barber is Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh, an international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world's poor. Rev. Barber is on the boards of Mission Year and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World. His third book, Red, Yellow, Black and White: Who’s More Precious In His Sight?, will be published this fall. Learn more at www.LeroyBarber.com.
Kenny Pugh is the author of Can You Do It Standing Up? A Different Position On Relationships, which is a compilation of insights targeted at helping people make healthy relationship decisions. As a media personality, life coach, and consultant, he has a passion for establishing, enhancing and restoring interpersonal relationships. He wishes to serve as a vessel of understanding in an era of disconnected, aimless, and broken relationships, and to soothe adversities of all forms, whether practical, relational, or spiritual. Kenny is host of the weekly radio show, Chat Kafe, and is a contributor to CNN and Black Enterprise Magazine. Learn more at www.KennyPugh.com.
Johnnie Porter is a professional chaplain, pastor, entrepreneur, community organizer and counselor. He consistently looks for solutions to empower people to live healthy spiritually, financially, physically, and emotionally. Johnnie has committed his life to serving in the community, mobilizing leaders, and helping those who are overlooked and underresourced. He is also the host of the online radio show Power Up with Johnnie Porter, which provides inspiration and information to help people create positive turning points in their lives.
READ: What About All the Other Trayvons?
Join us for the live stream on your computer or mobile device at 7pm ET only on www.passioninaction.tv.
What is The (Un)Employment Alternative?
This is our ambitious plan to stimulate the creation of 1 million jobs through faith-based, purpose-centered entrepreneurship education. We are starting in Cedartown, GA. Help us today at www.theunemploymentalternative.com.
The vision of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Cedartown, GA - a diverse group including pastors, entrepreneurs, social workers, and city officials - is to use entrepreneurship education as a catalyst to bring social and economic empowerment back to a region that is challenged with crime, unemployment, poverty, and lack of opportunities. They have partnered with Kingdom Business University to provide entrepreneurship classes that will restore hope, launch new businesses, create jobs, and catalyze new opportunities for the unemployed, ex-offenders, and youth who have been unable to find viable work and sustainable income sources.
What We Need & What You Get
Our goal is to raise $2500 on IndieGogo, which will pay for the first 30 participants. The more we raise the more people and can teach. Our desire is to offer this program at a minimal financial cost to the participants, although they will be asked to invest in this opportunity in other ways, such as community service. The amount will go towards:curriculum, facilities, supplies, and other related expenses. Additional funds will also be applied toward establishing a business incubator that will provide on-going support to graduates.
We have some great perks for those who contribute at the $25, $100, and $250 levels. Just look to column on the right side of this page www.theunemploymentalternative.com ▶
Other Ways You Can Help
This project is just the beginning. We aspire to help communities around this country implement their own economic recovery plan. In addition to your donations, help us spread the word. We are more than willing to come to your city, community, or church to talk about this innovative program and how we can create a customized version for your city.
Daree Allen was my guest yesterday on Passion in Action. She is an authorpreneur, young adult esteem advocate, speaker, and goal-getter in Atlanta, GA. She has published articles on a variety of topics as a freelance writer and blogger, and is the author of the new teen mentoring book series entitled, "What's Wrong With Me?" in which she discusses her own childhood dealing with self-esteem, premarital sex, family and personal relationships, and gives advice to teens on the same. Find out more about her work at www.dareesinsights.wordpress.com and www.DareeAllen.com.