Situated in the New York borough of Manhattan, West Harlem is a large community in the northern region of the city consisting of majorly African American residents. Several social challenges such as high unemployment rates and poverty among the youths affect this region’s population. These challenges result to low academic performance and success among the youths, forcing the group to resort to social vices for survival. The youths are thus at high risk of losing their lives and future due to their surroundings. Additionally, improved urbanization in the New York City has led to reduced wetlands for urban industrial uses. This has resulted to reduced health, among other negative effects. To overcome this problem and improve diversity of the population in the region, a recreational center is to be established. Seventh District Foundation is an independent non-profit charitable organization with the desire to improve the lives of the youths at risk in Harlem by putting up a recreational facility for their economic and social development as well for the entire community.
The mission of the Seventh District Foundation is to establish a recreational facility for the youths at risk in West Harlem through funding programs. The facility seeks to offer educational opportunities and technical training to different careers such as masonry, architecture, and cosmetician courses. The aim of introducing educational studies is to enable these youths seeks employment or entrepreneurship opportunities. The funds will be channeled towards maintenance of the facility as the lives of these youths are improved. The facility will offer affordable and extensive courses for the youths at risk within New York City. Facilities such as classes and equipments for the different courses will be required for these youths to train with and acquire career skills. Since the organization is non-profit, the facility will highly appreciate volunteer lecturers to add to the pull of the educational staff to take these students through the courses. Other programs will be offered to the public of different ages. This facility is to be established with the assistance of Seventh District Foundation, an independent non-profit charitable 501c3 corporation. The mission of the Seventh District Foundation is to assist disadvantaged children and the disabled in our communities through contributions to recognized organizations primarily involved in medicine, medical research, educational and recreational programs.
Harlem background is mostly defined by series of financial boom and bust cycles. Consisting of the Manhattanville and Hamilton Heights, West Harlem runs partly along the community Board no. 9. Cathedral Parkway binds West Harlem on the 110th Street on the South, 155th Street on the North, Morningside Avenue on the East and Riverside Park on the West. It therefore begins on the 123rd Street extending northward to 135th Street. As a community Based Organization, HTMAD, desires to improve the conditions of the youths at risk within the community. Since quality economic and community development are significant for the residents of Harlem, recreational services as a public service will not only benefit the youths only but the residents as a whole. This proposal is to pass through the agencies of the New York City according to the stipulated policy. The planning principles of the proposal include a well coordination plan among the city agencies, evaluation of long-term implications and inclusive planning.
The recreational facility is to operate in a 25-unit facility in partnership with the New York Agencies. The centre will offer social services to the citizens and improve the present living standards of the youths in that region. Among the services to be offered at the center, include library services for all age groups, part time courses, and life skills such as masonry, building and design, and architecture. The aim of introducing these courses is to improve the lives of the youths and reduce poverty level within the neighborhood. To equip masonry classes within the facility, at least $21,300 will be required. This amount will include buying masonry equipment, and modifying structures for different designs and measuring tools. Approximately $5,000 will be utilized in buying salon and beauty products and equipments, an approximated $19,000 will be used to employ qualified staff to train these youths for life skills and install soft copy materials such as resources books and internet sources for personal studies and research. A modern library will also be included within the same facility to offer opportunities to youths seeking for a second chance at the educational facilities. This library will be equipped with mostly online materials for further personal studies for all youths in the state.
We are requesting for US$ 50, 000 dollars to provide this facility to the youths at risk and improve their standards of living. The project facility is to vary from the rest of the recreational facilities presently built so that the mission of the Seventh District Foundation may be met. The project type is also varying from the rest due to the specific functions and the population it is to serve.