Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
“Since the sixth grade, when I began to attend private school at Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, I have noticed differences in the path I took as opposed to the path my peers underwent.” While Ty’s family was able to sacrifice and provide quality educational and extracurricular opportunities, “many of my peers at the time did not have parents who were able to make such decisions, so their future prospects automatically dwindled.” After seeing the effects of these trends on his home community as a community organizer, Ty created Community Connection, a summer program for 10-15 year olds made possible through his partnership with community nonprofit Konquered Fear Xchange (KFX) and the McKinley Grant.
In order to introduce kids to the program’s target areas of financial literacy and political, economic, and social engagement in the community, Ty connected with people from all corners of the community. He forged connections with community advocacy organizations, local small businesses, and even a state legislator. He also organized and led daily activities, sports, and games. “We did all these things because we wanted to introduce [to] the underprivileged youth in our community what it means to be empowered, safe, and successful.”
Despite the program’s local focus, Ty encountered difficulties connecting with organizations within his target community. He also found it challenging to engage with participants’ families and make the lessons stick. However, he learned valuable skills in connecting with organizations elsewhere in Baltimore, and these challenges have only motivated him to improve the program in the future. “Going forward…I definitely want to grow KFX and expand its programmatic capability beyond Community Connection….I think expanding my nonprofit, and maybe venturing into some for-profit side ventures, is my ultimate goal.”
- Date July 19, 2016
- Tags 2016, Education, Junior, Preston, Social Service, USA