Youth Speak Up For Change

Last summer, East End youth were invited by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to compete in a national competition to create a video, photo or written essay on what they liked about their neighborhood, and their concerns for crime and safety in their neighborhoods.  East End receives technical assistance and training from LISC as a grantee of the Department of Justice, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) project.   A team of three from the evening YOUth Center worked with a Youth Mentor to film, narrate, and help edit their video submission…and THEY WON!!  We are very proud of the team and are also happy to report that the vacant blighted buildings on Xenia Avenue that Luis featured in his portion of the video have been demolished and will become part of the Mission of Mary Farm—a network of urban farms in Twin Towers neighborhood! Check out their award-winning video below!

Here are photos of our recent presentation of the video to all of the youth as well as some members of the BCJI Neighborhood Revitalization Zone & Youth Success Zone Service Team members and East End Board members.  The youth received certificates from LISC and shared a cash prize.  The video will eventually be posted on the website,, along with additional information about our cross-sector partnerships that make up the Service Team.


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