The TEDxAtlanta Community is working to bring a Summer of Possibility to the kids of the Boulevard corridor through summer-camp scholarships, internships and entrepreneurial mentoring.
Think back on your own life, to a time when someone gave you an experience that opened your eyes to new ideas, new opportunities, new ways of seeing the world. We want to give the kids of Boulevard that same experience. A summer of possibility. A summer that could usher in years of positive change for this historic neighborhood.
Our most immediate challenge is to raise the money needed to cover summer-camp tuition for the kids of Boulevard. It costs an average of $110 to send one child to camp for a week. Can you cover at least one week? Can you donate more?
Whatever you can put toward this effort, please move quickly. Our goal is to have scholarships in place for the kids of Boulevard when their school year ends mid-May.
The Old Fourth Ward is one of intown Atlanta's rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods...and one of its most historic. The very seat of the American civil rights movement, the Old Fourth Ward boasts Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. Nearby, many of the Old Fourth Ward's factories are becoming lofts, businesses, restaurants and bars.
But through the middle of O4W runs Boulevard, a corridor infamous for its Section 8 housing and street drug sales. More than 600 kids, 19 or younger, live along the Boulevard corridor, and almost half of them live below the poverty line. We often drive through the Old Fourth Ward oblivious to these children, but they represent the future of the Old Fourth Ward, its bordering neighborhoods and the entire city of Atlanta.
Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall kicked off 2012 with the “Year of Boulevard” initiative, aimed at turning the Boulevard corridor around. The TEDxAtlanta community has granted the Year of Boulevard project a wish, offering the 640 kids living in the Boulevard corridor the “Summer of Possibility.” That means this summer, the TEDxAtlanta community has agreed to fund summer-camp scholarships, assist in finding 20 internships, and offer entrepreneurial opportunities for the neighborhood's eligible youths.
The "Summer of Possibility" will kickoff on May 19th on the Boulevard campus. Our desire is to create a summer of opportunity for the young people of the Boulevard corridor, to empower their lives and support their personal growth, not just this summer but also into the years ahead.
It costs an average of $110 to send one child to camp for a week. Can you cover at least one week?
Spread the word in your own network. Use Facebook, Twitter, email, the telephone. We’ve even written some sample tweets you can use if you’d like.
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Help us today to create a summer of possibility for the kids of Boulevard. Make 2012 their year.