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Overview of the Project - Please provide a brief description of the project.
Goodvibesinthepark was born out of a necessity to create a safe space centering people of color during a very turbulent climate of inequality and racial reckoning in America, specifically on the human rights injustice of racism, public health disparities and inequities. The youth can, should and will play a pivotal role in creating this safe space and for them to do so, they must be empowered and equipped with a multi-faceted skillset.
After an open call, selected youth will make up a group of Goodvibesinthepark Young Curators (GYC) who will be trained in developing, curating and implementing a gathering to mark Juneteenth through a day of intentional outdoor programming at Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park.
In planning this gathering called Juneteenthinthepark which will take place on Saturday, June 19th, GYC youth will learn skills such as: goal-setting, developing a step-by-step plan often required in programming, marketing, creating a run of show, talent booking, post-event evaluation, civic-engagement and more, all of which must adhere to COVID 19 safety protocols (social distancing, mask wearing, sanitizer usage & any other guidance by Department of Health for NYC). Planning this gathering will also imbibe in them the importance and a practical way of stewarding public spaces and curating projects around cultural representation.
Expected Juneteenthinthepark activities include guided meditation, performances by local musicians, a session focused on wellness and mental health, as well dance yoga, a session how to become a social justice advocate, guest speakers, a Juneteenth historian and a live jazz soul band.
Which of the following issues does your project address?
- Issue 1 - Addressing Mental Health
- Issue 2 - Preparation for College and/or Career
- Issue 3 - Youth Advocacy Promotion
Youth Engagement - Please explain how you will engage youth in the planning and implementation of the project.
The Goodvibesinthepark Young Curators will be engaged in multiple ways in the planning of this project including but not limited to:
- Developing a list of activities, vet all potential speakers, meditation coaches and all aspects of the program to make sure it fits the stated goal of creating a safe, joyful & affirmative space to celebrate Juneteenth in Harlem.
- Along with an expert to provide guidance, Young Curators will develop 2 workshops - the first will be focused on teaching youth how to become advocates and the other on mental health & wellness support/ being a change-maker in a turbulent social climate.
- Selecting the materials and creating a Juneteenth themed bags with materials and resources geared towards health & wellness related materials to be distributed to attendees. The bag will consist of mental health, wellness and self-care materials, resources and tools for young people.
Budget - Your total project budget must equal $20,000 to be placed on the ballot for a youth vote. Please provide a brief description of what the funds would be used for to successfully implement your project. You will also need to download, fill in, and attach a full budget using this template.
Timeline- Please describe the timeline for the implementation and completion of the project. All work for this project must be completed by June 30, 2021, which is the end of the city’s fiscal year and the deadline for the funds to be spent.
- March 15 - 25: Develop application and Open Call for Goodvibesinthepark Young Curators (GYC)
- March 26 - April 6th: Evaluate applications and select applicants
- April 7th - April 8th: Notify selected applicants
- April 15th - June 17th: GYC Virtual training and Juneteethinthepark planning
- June 19th: Juneteenthinthepark social distance gathering at St. Nicholas Park in Harlem
Project Activity Alignment - How does your project align with at least one of the following topics:
- Leadership skills development: organizing & advocacy trainings
- Stewardship of public spaces: public parks, transportation, etc.
- Youth and student engagement
- Civic education and advocacy
- Community outreach involving residents that have been historically underrepresented in or underserved by city government and its processes
Goodvibesinthepark Young Curators (GYC) program prioritizes and centers youth as active participants in creating a needed safe space for people of color during what has been an especially turbulent social climate as of late. Equipping youth with project planning and advocacy skills will vastly help in developing their leadership abilities, an understanding of the importance and stewardship of public spaces, civic education, representation and so much more.
What is your organization's area of focus?
- Advocacy and organizing
- Arts and culture
- Civic engagement
- Health and medicine
- Human rights
- Justice related
Affirmations - Type "YES" below each statement to affirm that you are eligible to appear on the ballot for this process.
I confirm that my organization will be registered in the NYC Payee Information Portal and in PassPort, NYC’s online procurement system, in order to receive funding from the City of New York.
I confirm that my organization is able to front the costs of implementing this project. Organizations will be paid based on deliverables.
Completion of Deliverables: I understand all deliverables must be completed by June 30th, 2021.
I understand a condition of funding includes submission of a final report upon project completion, and participating in a debrief session with the CEC.
Thank you for your proposal submission! Based on our review, your proposal is eligible according to the project guidelines and will be placed on the ballot for the youth vote to take place in February. We may reach out if we need further information to prepare the ballot.
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