Teens Bounce the Universe
Teens Bounce the Universe is going to be located and will serve the community of South Central LA. Students in South Central need a comfortable place to go after school for homework help or to hang out. In our area the closest center is A Placed Called Home, and yet it is not large enough to accommodate all the students in our neighboring schools. Many of the parents work more than 8 hours a day and are not at home to help or care for their children. Issues like gangs and crimes are also affecting graduation rates and the teen center will become a haven from these issues. It will serve males and females from ages 11-19 years. We would also serve young parents who must either be in school or be working.
Teens Bounce the Universe will provide various activities and support for their participants. We would include counseling, tutoring and homework help, fundraising for activities or trips. Counseling will be provided either in groups or in one on ones. The trips will include festivals and visiting colleges as they are doing their college search. There will also be computers that will be used for doing homework and also playing games. There will be many activities, like fundraising that will be done in groups. Working in groups and interacting with others will be very beneficial for them in the future and they will be strengthening their communication skills. Friday’s evening will be movie night, and the participants will get to decide what will be watched, although it has to be appropriate and of great knowledge to everyone.
We would also have a day care in the center which will be provided for young teen mothers who are trying to graduate and go to college and need someone to care for their baby while they are in school or working. Also there are certain regulations you have for the daycare to pass as safe enough and make sure that the day care meets the requirements to be accredited and that will require a larger room than the activity rooms.The day care will serve children from 6 months-4 years old. The center will work with parents and ensure that they continue school. The center will open at around 7:00am and close at 5:50pm.
The room is going to be separated into three sections: infant room (6 months to 1 ½ year), the toddler room (1 ½ to before the children turn three), then the preschool room, (3-4). In each room the supplies have to be different to serve the children according to their age. It would also include a space for a small kitchen and storage room, with at least two offices. Our point-of-view is that children learn many things through play, so we will need a play space for the children to have fun, learn, and interact freely with their peers.
Other activities that we would include are dance class, graffiti art, music, and an immigration program to help and support our undocumented community go to college with the same benefits that we have.
DREAM will be a small organizations located in the teen center. The purpose of the organization is to help undocumented students financially in order for them to go to college. Dreaming is how people start looking forward to their goal and the youth will definitely be able to reach their dreams, as DREAMS will be there to provide support and help. We would fundraise, host events in and out of schools or the teen center, getting donations of big corporations, writing letters to TV shows such as Univision, Telemundo, Oprah, ect. We would go to them first since some of them already give scholarships to many teens. The scholarships will be for both undocumented and documented, although it will focus on the undocumented population.
The graffiti workshop will serve about 20 kids from 5th grade to 8th grade. We believe that by teaching the young children the art behind graffiti we will be helping our youth as well as our community. They will be taught to be artist and not taggers who go around damaging private property, like most of them do around those ages. We believe that what they learn in the workshop will make them leaders to preventing and not participating in tagging private properties. The workshop will decrease the tagging and even gang related rates in this community. They would also learn how to not let graffiti take over their ego and let them understand that it’s a beautiful art, that shouldn’t be used to harm, but to beautify our minds and express ourselves through that. The workshop will not serve a large amount of kids, because we want the class to be a family and get to know each other. We would also research why some people do the things they do like go tagging. We also understand that graffiti is a part of expressing ourselves and so the teen center will provide its wall for that workshop to use, instead of tagging private property. Although we would definitely not tolerate gang or crew tagging as well as any insulting or discrimination in our center.
The dancing class I would like to make is going to have the objective of teaching people with low economic stabilities how to discover a passion in them by taking dance lessons they will be thought Salsa, Mexican Folk, Cumbia, Samba and many other cultural dances that can inspire them to show off what they have. The schedules would be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 till 9 pm. A dance class can also be a privilege to have in our community because with every dance theirs a story and cultural dances will be performed in many events.
There would be a film workshop that will be a year long, for those whose passion is film. The participants will be supplied with all the equipment and knowledge they need to make they will explore their neighborhood and make documentaries about themselves and their lives. The workshop will begin with the basics of film and the fundamentals. Then the participants will work on some movies that would later be submitted to film festivals and by the end of the program/ workshop they will put a film festival of their own. All the money from their film festivals would go for their college scholarships.