Community. by Mai Moore

Hello! EYEJ approach’s this fall season with a focus on strategy, planning and fundraising.  Along with relaunching our social media, we’d also like to share our theme for the 2018-2019 school year. […]

September 27, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Hello!
EYEJ approach’s this fall season with a focus on strategy, planning and fundraising.  Along with relaunching our social media, we’d also like to share our theme for the 2018-2019 school year. Thanks to all of our close Partners, Speakers, Facilitators and team, we’ve voted on the following theme: #WeAreEYEJ.

We’ve come to this conclusion for a variety of reasons:
-EYEJ is in our 6th year of service (I can’t believe this!). This organization started over 5 years ago literally out of a conversation with the late Plymouth Church member June Antoine. After discussing the unfair and unsettling decision on the Trayvon Martin case, we created EYEJ in our first meeting with a variety of Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ members wanting to empower our youth. I don’t think any of us fathomed the idea that EYEJ would turn into an actual non-profit and serve close to 1,000 youth. While we have grown A LOT,(materially vs. A LOT) we take pride in the fact that we have maintained our mission and core program. Whether it’s developing social/emotional learning skills, creating positive change within programming and policy for our youth, developing critical skills or opening the eyes of the Greater Cleveland community, we’ve learned over the years that the impact we are making is monumental. As we take this time to dive deeper into our impact, we’ve noticed(use different word–seems like you weren’t aware)  that 80.3% of our youth are using the discussions’ tools and tips in their community, we have helped find jobs for our youth and Interns, we are increasing conditions for learning scores by 3-8% and teachers and volunteer speakers are also using the tools from our discussions in their everyday lives(run-on sentence). Furthermore, we are seeing that toxic stress and violence are a common theme in what the youth would like to see changed in their environment. Therefore, we will focus on these specific topics in our January re-launch of our Discussion Series (sounds like focusing on violence is new) .

– We are a community. Not only do we serve close to 1,000 youth, but we’ve also had over 450 volunteers – amazing! Many have commented that we’ve created a community of like-minded people that want to help empower our youth and see change. Therefore, we need your help.  Are you interested in partnering, referring a friend to volunteer or know of an organization that we should seek funding?  Contact us if so.

-You are EYEJ. Time and time again, we’ve learned that it truly takes a village to make a difference, and everyone is responsible. In a world where people are constantly judged and set up for failure, it doesn’t matter your background, industry, age or ethnicity. It takes all of us to come together to create change. This multi-sector approach is what we use to support the Discussion Series and EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council, as real diversity is what truly helps our youth. Our youth need to hear different experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas to create their own ideas for change.

So follow us as we re-launch our social media, whether on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Linked In or YouTube.  We have a wealth of opportunities, and whether you want to volunteer, donate or amplify your voice with your passion for social justice – engage with us! We’d love to hear from you.

Check out my YouTube video, on why #WeAreEYEJ

With love,

Mai Moore

Founder & ED to EYEJ

#WeAreEYEJ