As VP of Digital Media at GV, Katie Bofshever crafts innovative and creative solutions for the digital space, specializing in minority consumers.
Lightning Talks on Business Goals
Learn to understand and tackle problems from many different points of view. Discussions should highlight business goals, success metrics, technical capabilities and potential challenges, and relevant user research.
Thank you for your interest in attending our student-led virtual think tank! Inspiring Minds will fund one student project idea to serve youth over the Summer and there is a possibility that more of their ideas could be funded by the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Youth Voice Awards. They need your feedback before they submit their final applications on June 10th!
With all of the challenges facing our country relating to police brutality and the oppression of Black communities across the nation, it is easy for our youth to feel disempowered through it all. This initiative will give them the opportunity to imagine a project they would want to see and implement as a service to their community. Yes, they are literally designing what they would want to do as their Summer Job to address the problems they want to solve! Listen to their pitches and provide your feedback!
Make sure you have the Zoom app downloaded on your phones or laptops and click on the link to join in!
Andrea Garner and Katrena Carr-Perou were Final Four teammates in 2000 at Penn State University and now they are teaming up for a nobler cause. Andrea is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of Inspiring Minds and Katrena is the Executive Director of the NYC Chapter.
Both Katrena and Andrea designed their community models to reflects their skillsets, align with the needs from their communities and the core values of Inspiring Minds: Education, College and Career Readiness, Health & Wellness, Exposure to New Opportunities and Personal Development.
Come check us out Monday evening as we continue our discussion with our young people and community!
MC - Michael Muir
Poet, School of Classics High School.
Michael Muir attends the School for Classics High School in Brooklyn, NY. He is also an intern for Inspiring Minds NYC, and a MBK fellow. Michael has shown his leadership by sitting on a panel for a global virtual event called The Thread, where he shared his thoughts and ideas around the impact of COVID19 in his community. He has also written and performed original poetry for the MBK Wellness Wednesdays and the first two Inspiring Minds Town Hall meetings. Michael is 17 years old and a proud Jamaican.
Zindzhi Sonyika & Caleb Washington
Pitch idea #1 - Virtual Open Mics
Nia Johnson attends Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice and Caleb Washington attends Research & Services High School. Both Nia and Caleb are student interns for Inspiring Minds NYC, co-hosted the "Are We There Yet?" conference and collaborated on a promo song with original music and poetry.
Nia and Caleb are pitching an idea to host Social Justice themed Open Mics for high school students during the Summer. Participants will receive writing workshops and the virtual open mics will be a platform for them to express themselves to their community.
Pitch Idea #2 - Know Your History
Jalil King is a 16 year old student at Research and Services high school. He is known for his old soul, his honesty and strong leadership. Jalil has stepped up as a leader during the quarantine by MC'ing our last Town Hall and setting high standards for himself for every project he takes on.
Jalil will be pitching "Know Your History" which will be for all high school students but will specifically target rising 9th graders. The goal of this program is to provide culturally responsive instruction that will teach young people their true history, build their leadership skills and use the arts as a vehicle to amplify their voice. Jalil is partnering with Caleb and Nia to build out this project.
Pitch Idea #3 - Be Well
Jada Leslie is a student at Research and Services High School and a current Inspiring Minds Intern. Jada hosted our first Town Hall for Giving Tuesday, which resulted in us raising over $10,000 in 24 hours!
Jada will be pitching her idea to provide a wellness program for high school kids over the Summer. Her idea is inspired by time as a participant with the Life Goals Lab program facilitated by Lindsay Fauntleroy from Oceans & Rivers. She believes every young person should have the opportunity to receive the same support she received during the quarantine.
Pitch Idea #4 - Mobile Pantry
Roshawn is a student at Research & Services High School and can be found singing the hooks in all of our original music! Roshawn just released two singles on Apple Music which can be found under his stage name Tommie LeFlore.
Roshawn is interested in providing food and care packages to the homeless and elderly through a mobile pantry that would serve key locations in Brooklyn.
JOHN BEATO Pitch Idea #5 - Gaming 4 Justice
John Beato is a student at Bushwick Leaders HS, a MBK Fellow and an Inspiring Minds Intern. John is partnering with Michael Muir and Jalil King to align the gaming platform they designed to address social justice issues in addition to gaming.
Andrea Garner, Katrena Perou
From college teammates at Penn State University to leading Inspiring Minds Chapters in their own cities, Katrena and Andra have successfully continued to connect & engage with high school students in NYC and Philadelphia.
Welcome and introductions
MC Michael Muir
Learn why we are here and meet the Inspiring Minds Executive Directors. We love structure and for things to flow well! Pay attention as the ground rules are explained of how to engage in this event
Poem by Michael
Youth Voice - Hear our youth pitch their ideas of how they want to serve young people during the quarantine
Students will pitch their ideas of how they want to serve youth during the quarantine. Please hear them out and provide them feedback before they submit their final applications.
Original Music and Poetry
Our students have a lot on their mind as it relates to police brutality and the violence they see in response to murder of George Floyd. Listen to their words on this topic through their poetry and music.
“If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far, go together”
Thank you to our partners!
Sponsor Block #12
A short thank you message to those involved. Thank you!