ON THE MISSION TO MENTORSHIP
Cognizant of the destructive nature of street culture, 914UNITED Inc. emerged in 2020 to serve on the forefront of advocating for the youth residing in underserved communities within the lower-Westchester region. 914UNITED champions the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and it requires a team to achieve success. In this spirit, we deliver a team of seasoned role models whose dedication lies in supporting, mentoring, and educating youth residing in at-risk environments. Our aim is to prevent them from experiencing incarceration and to assist them in establishing promising futures.
OUR VISION, OUR VALUES
We envision a society where positive mentors offset negative-environmental influences; where the underserved communities receive the institutional support in navigating life’s challenges; and where mass incarceration no longer exist. Inspired by the belief that we must support one another, we value the power of dialogue and the role of community support in uplifting those in need. We value LEADERSHIP by using our life-experiences to educate and guide others. We value OPEN-MINDEDNESS by accepting those in need of our services as they are. We appreciate individual differences and treat all with respect. We value UNITY by endorsing the idea of galvanizing support to uplift and strengthen vulnerable communities.
THE GOALS IS TO BUILD THE YOUTH AND MAKE THEM INTO FUTURE LEADERS
These workshops provides lessons on how to draft cover letters and resumes, job search and prepare for personal interviews. We also aim to provide participants with interview attire, a laptop, and a free haircut for the interview. Our hope is that the youth knows the process of securing employment
The financial literacy course focuses on credit building, money management, budgeting finances, and various forms of financial investment such as stocks and bonds. Each aspect of the workshop entails discussing the main idea and providing information on how to execute.
The You’re Not Alone Brotherhood support group aims to work toward healing and building the individual with collective effort. In this space, we break routine from everyday life; create entertainment; discuss personal issues; expand horizons; and ultimately form a solid brotherhood. This weekly workshop adheres to a 6-segment agenda. The support group provides our clients an opportunity to express themselves and release their everyday burden suffering. We also offer 1:1 counseling.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SKILLS
This workshop teaches young men how to organize and manage community outreach projects. It takes its participants through the necessary steps to conduct outreach work in the community. The course will focus on fundraising, recruiting, brainstorming, drafting an agenda, and following it through in real time. Our aim here is to encourage the youth to give back to their community.
We provide a series of workshops that explore concepts of hyper-masculinity, life, work, and education. Collectively, these workshops focus on five concepts: self-reflection, self-analysis, choice-making/consequential thinking, goal setting, and the power of code-switching via (language and fashion).
The A.C.T.I.O.N Program (Addressing Concerns and Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods) is a group project that encourages young men to identify a socio-political issue in the community and teaches them how to bring the issue to the city council. The A.C.T.I.O.N. program serves to instructs civic engagement via real experience, which will teach young men of color the governmental structures (i.e. municipal, city, and state) in their community.