Welcome to TheChisel's tutorial!

Click on the logo to see who's behind the proposal.

Click on an author's picture to view the bio.

Click on specific menu items to check out our unique 4-step framework.
  • the issue
  • the solution
  • join the conversation
  • vote
First, click on THE ISSUE, where the authors present a common ground of facts.

Or click on components of THE ISSUE.

Want fun graphics?

Click on the bullets to unfold visuals and further background information.

Discover the authors' solution!
Dive in and engage!

Ask authors your questions. Suggest improvements. Share your stories.


Check out TRENDING TOPICS!

Clicking on a specific topic will show you all the associated comments.

Other ideas?

Create your own topic and add a comment. You can also reply to another citizen's or author's comment by hitting the reply button.

Use our filtering tool

Want to sort comments by oldest, newest or most popular? Select one of the options in the dropdown menu.

Check out people's profiles

Visit other users’ profiles by clicking on their photo. You’ll see their site activity and info they choose to share with the community.

You're almost there!

Cast your vote and be heard.

You can change your vote at any time before the deadline.

Create or update your profile!

Your Profile Page will be created automatically when you join.

After you log in, you will see a dropdown menu under your image to update your profile.


Share your interests with TheChisel’s community!

I want to Chisel!

Take me to the proposals!

Proposal: Empowering the Youth of DC Through Community Programs

One of the best components about DC is that they have a number of community organizations and funding that is provided to the city and multiple programs. However, the problem that exists is that too many people do not take advantage of the programs provided by the city. Our city has the ability to change the narrative of our failed youth. In order to do so we must bring these programs to their attention.

The Issue

Problem Defined

There is a need for more youth support in DC. The issue isn't simply having the programs readily available to our inner city kids but more importantly showing the youth that there is an abundance of programs that can help put them on the right path for success and properly introducing these programs to them. 

Background
Expand all bullets
1.
Why Are These Programs So Important?MORE

Improves the mindsets of inner city kids

2.
How Does It Benefit?MORE

Forces the youth to reevaluate where they want to be in the future

3.
What Impact Does It Create?MORE

Reinforces good behavior

4.
Why Does The Program Work?MORE

The youth are able to still feel like they are in control of their paths

5.
What other impacts does this program have on the youth?MORE

Introduces the youth to a good support system and people who want the best for them

Sources
1.
DC Youth... At Risk

Jess Arnold - DC youth are some of the most 'at-risk' in the U.S. Now, a non-profit is working to change that (July 18, 2019)

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/dc/a-new-report-says-dc-youth-are-some-of-the-most-at-risk-in-the-us-now-a-non-profit-is-working-to-change-that/65-2b55e71d-2879-49a4-af1f-17e03b4c8517

"“These are the outcomes of long-term, generational inequality to equal resources and access to resources," said Cook. "So, we all have to be very intentional in this work.”The non-profit provides swim classes, a rowing team, and other activities that Cook said kids in his community wouldn't typically be able to access."

Go deeper
1.
The Active Ingredient in Youth Development: Relationships

Kent Pekel - The Recipe for Success (Invalid date)

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_recipe_for_youth_success

The relationships you build with the youth have a major impact and influence on how they turn out in the future. "“Invest in interventions that emphasize relationships.”... It’s rare to find a school, youth program, or community coalition that doesn’t say it values the relationships in young people’s lives."

Authors

The organization was started in 2018 to improve the youth in the District of Columbia. We begin our journey of 16 tutor/ counselors and 25 students. We surpassed the expected number of youth and have now reached 200 students from all over the city of all different backgrounds, races, and struggles. We plan to continue to create a safe and creative space for the youth of D.C. We do this in order to help the youth find a steady path and improve their future. We expect that our staff help motivate, engage with, and continuously push our students to do better. Our program is not only focused on mentor-ship, we also encourage students to find some type of activity whether that be poetry, art, club sports, or photography.  



Ebony Osborne
-
undefined

The Solution

Proposed Actions
Expand all bullets
1.
The most important components:MORE
  • Expand our program by getting information across the city. 
  • Host school-wide events that allow programs from all over the city to come and get students interested and willing to join 
  • Gain resources with help from the mayor so that we could use that platform to bring more awareness to the struggles inner city kids face
  • Bring more insight to our program which would then lead to more community leaders becoming informed on what we are trying to do for our city.
Expected Results
Expand all bullets
1.
​The biggest expectation is that we are able to:MORE
  • Gain support from a number of different community leaders, organizations, etc
  • Help inner city youth that they are capable of having bright futures
  • Help support the youth throughout their educational careers 
Budget

When you think of inner city kids what's the first thought that comes to mind? Trouble makers, thugs, etc. They usually always get a bad rep. Our goal and overall purpose is to change their narrative. I want this program to grow bigger than just DC. Every city, every inner city youth deserves the brightest future possible so that they can get away from this negative light that they have been portrayed under. Therefore, in order to make this happen we need help from as many people/organizations as we can get as well as taking into consideration future and present expenses.

The goal for the Building the Youth Budget plan is to:

  • Create a strategic resource plan that addresses the City Council’s ability to help fund a program 
  • Create a platform for our name to get spread around to different middle and high schools
  • Our hope is that we would be able to transform our programs annual budget to a biennial budget 
  • Map out immediate and future plans

The Conversation

This proposal is now closed.

Please don’t forget to check out our other proposals to voice your opinion.

Your voice has been heard.

Thank you for voting on this proposal.

Your opinion is valued and we encourage you to check out other proposals on issues important to you.