Our HISTORY & Vision
Voice of the Young.
Young Movement, Inc. is a registered not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), action tank that promotes sustainable socio-economic solutions for young New Yorkers through research, advocacy, and partnerships. Young Movement was founded in 2009 by a group of forward-thinking Brooklyn College graduate students to address issues such as unemployment, student debt, rising cost of housing, healthcare disparities, and political disempowerment.
Young Movement executes well-researched and action-based projects that directly improve the livelihood of young New Yorkers by leveraging good partners and advocates that serve young people.
Young Movement's flagship project, Financial Education, Employment and Leadership Program (FEEL), was first launched in 2011 to 25 Brooklyn College students, giving them the tools to venture into STE[A]M careers, as well as to create their own ecologically sound businesses. Our intervention of service delivery focuses on culturally-relevant employment counseling, social entrepreneurship administration, and financial health and overall well-being strategies.
In 2013, we partnered with the Bronx Brotherhood Project (BPP) to produce a successful high school-to-college transition summit at CUNY Hostos Community College to over 30 students making the transition from high school. Also that year, we partnered with the Partnership For A Healthier Brooklyn at Bed-Stuy Restoration to screen the documentary, Soul Food Junkies, by Byron Hurt, given the health disparities among young New Yorkers of color, as delineated in the 2014 City's Health Report.
In late 2015, Young Movement obtained a mini-grant from the Brooklyn Community Foundation to train 10 young entrepreneurs – using the Yale Entrepreneurship Institute Model – from the low-income neighborhood of Weeksville in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This multi-faceted and proactive social innovation model approach abates gang violence, incarceration, and recidivism. Hence, two of the fellows from the Weeksville Entrepreneurship Project are in the funding stages of bringing their innovation to market.
On Martin Luther King's Jr. Day, 2016, we hosted a robust panel discussion at the Brooklyn Public Library that considered his nonviolent Christian model for "Jobs, Justice, and Freedom" in light of young movement's today.
Also in 2016, Young Movement was accepted to the BRIC|Arts|Media Share Grant, "a New York Emmy-nominated, in-kind grant program for Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-affiliated nonprofit organizations to learn how to create and use media." Therein we created a public service announcement about our work, including a segment that featured two fellows from the Weeksville Entrepreneurship Project.
Young Movement provides multidimensional coaching, program development, and direct service delivery methodology to promote youth socio-economic sustainability. So, in early 2017, we were commissioned by the Center For Community Alternatives (CCA) to deliver inspiring entrepreneurial activity among court-involved teens. With our direction, they created a "dope" graphic T-shirts company, YE Clothing, that was lauded at the Brooklyn Museum Teen Night - and they sold out!
For the remainder of 2017, we held a series of monthly panel discussions with the Long Island University Africana Studies Department - that informed and gave students and attendees the tools to make sustainable economic changes.
In 2018 Young Movement will launch a permanent space for creative minds, known as the "Young Green Space for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Project" an iteration of the FEEL Program that was launched at Brooklyn College in 2011. The Young Green Space will provide free STEAM-based workforce development, innovation, and entrepreneurship project in Weeksville section of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where one in three young adults is disconnected from the modern workforce.
25% of young New Yorkers aged 30 and under cannot find or create sustainable employment and have little or no access to start-up capital. And of these, 163,000 are “disconnected youth [that] contribute to fiscal and social costs like a smaller tax base, weaker communities and public benefit expenditures,” according to a recent City Limits report. Juxtaposed that to 40% of young adults would like to launch start-ups, according to the Kaufmann Foundation, a leader in entrepreneurial research. Yet a study by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer found that only 24% of Latinos and 29% of Blacks, compared to 54% of Whites work in “creative economies” start-ups.
The Young Green Space will be a safe place to seek and find meaningful socio-economic resources, actions, and solutions, as well as to obtain free legal representation to facilitate the creation of 250 successful young enterprises by 2020 and, importantly, facilitate a good life.
Join us in this endeavor!