THE NEXT GENERATION IS RISING UP TO RESTORE AND RELEASE RENAISSANCE IN THE BANKHEAD COMMUNITY
WHAT GENTRIFICATION HAS TRIED TO DRIVE OUT HAS NOW BECOME THE FORCE THAT IS TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY.
Why the Renaissance?
When valuable land in city centers catches the eyes of outside investors, those with resources begin moving into the community as property values rise and profit is to be made. This "gentrification wave" inevitably crushes or displaces the most vulnerable residents who are now unable to afford to live and flourish in their own community. As more and more of Bankhead's black and lower income citizens are forced to migrate, their spots in community life are filled with many who could care less about the history and struggle Bankhead's resilient residents have endured. The Bankhead Renaissance is a collective movement of numerous individuals, artists. activists, businesses, non profits, churches and government officials who believe the ill effects of gentrification can be confronted and counteracted by empowering the next generation of grass root leaders to:
Receive an empowering education
Learn the language of the tech revolution (IT and coding)
Start new local businesses
Develop and publish positive and justice oriented art
Beautify and preserve the best of Bankhead's legacy
Help address the vocational, financial, residential, physical, mental, and emotional roadblocks to human flourishing.
Awaken restoration and revival in the hearts of people feeling trapped and hopeless
The Bankhead Renaisance offers a pathway for the kids in our city often forgotten... many living in poverty... some staying in extended stay hotels or shelters with their families or grandparents as they try to make their way in this post pandemic world where lower-income housing options continue to disappear and inflation drives prices higher and higher.
We partner with local owned businesses to offer a teen work experience that mentors well while paying well.
Our Bankhead Renaissance program provides a safe place where our youth will learn various career skills, work ethic, character, financial management, and a whole lot more... And they will work alongside local businesses. We will help supplement the pay for the businesses mentoring our youth to help them not take a loss and to show the value to them of their time taken to help train this next generation to be hard workers with innovativeness and integrity.
All donations are monitored and utilized through the Bankhead Renaissance Counsel - a collective of local leaders committed to working together to release the renaissance in the Bankhead community. Donations are processed through Restore Life, as the fiscal sponsor of this initiative. Restore Life is a recognized 501 c 3 non-profit organization per IRS Code 432.56.215-B. All donations are Tax Deductible.
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