Youth Development

Book Fruits Association

  • Washington, DC
  • www.liftingvoices.org

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Mission Statement

Lifting Voices is a nonprofit, grassroots organization which helps young people discover and share their voices in order to grow, find joy, and accomplish change. Lifting Voices conducts writing workshops, gathers oral history on contemporary social issues, and provides youth perspectives to policy makers and the community as a whole. Our vision is that the words of young people will heal, inspire, and instruct families, communities, and people in power.

Main Programs

  1. Writing Workshop and Marketplace

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Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Lifting Voices operates in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Reba Elliott

Keywords

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youth, education, critical thinking, poverty, children, afterschool, markets

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EIN

26-3652062

 Number

3026504335

Also Known As

Lifting Voices

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Writing Workshop and Marketplace

ProblemYoung people who live in disadvantaged areas do not have strong critical thinking skills—because their minds are not valued.
Solution
Develop critical thinking skills in young people who live in disadvantaged areas—and ensure their capability is valued through youth-produced projects paid for by the community.
Details
Young people who live in disadvantaged areas often lack the ability to think critically. Being unable to perform higher-order thinking makes these young people poor fits for the demands of education, citizenship, and work. In addition, neglecting their ability to think denies them an important element of the human experience.
If critical thinking is important, why are these young people often unable to do it? Because critical thinking in these young people is not valued.
 
Government, businesses, and schools often do not value their thinking. Families, peers, and neighbors often do not value their thinking. Without their thinking being valued, these young people do not have the practice and opportunities necessary to develop their skills in abstract reasoning and creativity.
Because their higher thinking is not valued, they don’t do it.
 
Lifting Voices’ solution is two-fold. First, we find young people in disadvantaged areas who lack the ability to think critically and facilitate word-based projects that target and develop the innate ability to think well. Second, we provide marketplaces in which the community pays for these youth-produced projects.
Workshops
Workshops are provided to groups of young people in disadvantaged areas who lack the ability to think critically. We employ a process-based curriculum to guide the young people through long-term projects. Projects are word-based and prioritize the young people’s leadershiyoung people and community members meet in a marketplace to exchange the project for a fee. The community-member “buyers” in each marketplace are relevant to the project under consideration.  For example, policy makers are the buyers in the oral history marketplace, and school officials are the buyers in the school letter marketplace. 
 
The young people “sell” their project. The community-member buyer purchases it with either money or time.  A purchase with money is directed to a scholarship fund for the young people. A purchase with time is directed toward the workshops, typically by volunteering to participate in a listening session with the young people.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$103,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Lifting Voices operates in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

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Book Fruits Association

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Principal Officer

Reba Elliott

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hebah Saddique

Yareem Restaurant Co.

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