Thirsty Minds Media & Design is organization dedicated to working with at-risk youth from East Texas. We created an innovative education and mentorship program for at-risk youth, aiming to offer an alternative path and help them reintegrate into society.
The program will target youth with a record of misdemeanors and offer them the opportunity to develop various skill sets that can help them get freelance, part or full time jobs, as well as also motivate them to finish school and gain a sense of community.
This program is in the early stages of its development, and is building support from experts, volunteers, community leaders, and donors. Once the program is launched, it will aim to achieve sustainability and create long term impacts for youth who need it most.
Our vision is to give At Risk Youth (A.R.Y.) an opportunity to choose an alternative life path.
What are we trying to tackle
Youth misbehavior is rising in many communities, manifesting itself by fights, gang involvement, shoplifting, burglary, and other gateway misdemeanors. Current measures taken by the justice system are insufficient, proven by high levels of recidivism among these youth.
Programs that target youth who have a record of misbehavior in order to reintegrate them into society and offer alternative often fall short. Therefore those young people end up stigmatized and living with a record, which makes finding a place for themselves in the community difficult, and creating a new path all but impossible.
Their families are not able to support professional development of this young people, when parents themselves often must hold down multiple part time jobs to make ends meet. A such, these young people are forced to raise themselves.
To understand source of the problem we need to understand the underlying social and economic factors in Longview, Texas.
Population under the age of 18 makes about the quarter of the residents, creating young and vibrant community.
14% of the U.S. population lives under poverty line, with risks of poverty being higher among youth.