Total loan: $8,000
New York, NY, United States / Arts
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A loan helped develop our cultural youth programs and offer free workshops to under-resourced communities.
I was born in Harlem, NYC and grew up between there and, during my high school years in, New Jersey. I took on martial arts fairly early because, as an introverted youth, it was a means for me to connect and to try to make sense of the people around me. It made me feel empowered and, at the same time, more self aware. I went to university for English literature and music and developed a deep interest in language and culture. Over the years I've spent a lot of my time traveling, living and working in Africa, Latin America and in under-served communities here in the U.S. Now, I've been back in NYC continuing the work of my own personal development and that of my students and neighborhood. My previous experience with KIVA provided the opportunity to build a home for this work to grow in and a space for our community to have a space in which to be creative, strengthen ourselves and plan new ways to positively affect the people we care for. Now, I hope to use this additional support to expand our connectivity to people young and old who often don't have the funds to partake in some of the most transformational of activities.