914UNITED Inc. - a Yonkers-based organization - emerged in 2020 to educate, mentor, and support underserved communities within the Lower Hudson Valley. We champion the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and a team to achieve success. In this spirit, we deliver a team of seasoned role models whose dedication and value lies in assisting those impacted by systemic inequities. Our aim is to support youth in successfully transitioning into adulthood; provide resources to the formerly incarcerated; and educate the community on financial literacy and civic engagement.
OUR VISION, OUR VALUES
Our organization spearheads several initiatives geared toward educating and uplifting underprivileged youth, the formerly incarcerated, and politically disenfranchised community members. Our programming includes Civic Empowerment, Manhood Training, Women Leadership, Financial Literacy, The Streets Give Back Program, & The You’re Not Alone Brotherhood support group. As an incentive, our programming provides internships in various professions as well as gift sponsorships from local establishments and community organizations, proffering committed participants free services to personal care, entertainment, adventures, and more. We envision a society where positive mentors offset negative environmental influences; where underserved communities receive the institutional and community in navigating life challenges; where retributive justice no longer exist.
THE GOALS IS TO BUILD THE YOUTH AND MAKE THEM INTO FUTURE LEADERS
A.C.T.I.O.N represents Addressing Concerns & Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods. This program will inform inner-city youth of the role of government in their communities. The ACTION Plan aims to teach young people of color the value of civic engagement in improving the community and inspire them to draw support from city representatives in addressing communal concerns. The workshops will be co-facilitated by a contractor and a public official from each sector of government. For instance, a city council person will illustrate a day on the job and their role in the city. As such, the participants will learn who serves what role and thereby know which office to contact to remedy the issue. A two-week project will be conducted by the participants after the 10-week workshop. Participants - divided in groups - will either address a real or an imagined issue by utilizing the resources taught in the program.
Financial literacy is the education and understanding of knowing how money is made, spent, and saved, as well as the skills and ability to use financial resources to make smart decisions. These decisions include how to generate, invest, spend, and save money. We address questions such as: What does financial literacy mean and define it by breaking down its key components. In this 8-week course, we focus on budgeting, credit, debt, savings and checking accounts, different investment tools, along with the fundamentals of real estate and business structures. The purpose is to inspire a mind-shift when it comes to finances. We aim to change participants’ relationship with their money – in which they no longer conceive it as something to work for, but as something to work for them.
The You’re Not Alone Brotherhood works toward healing and building the individual who's carry their own burdens--seemingly alone. In this space, we break routine from everyday life; create entertainment; discuss personal matters; expand horizons; and ultimately form a solid brotherhood. The groups adhere to a 6-segment agenda, providing participants with an opportunity to express themselves and find support from others who can relate to their situation. In addition, we offer one-on-one therapy counseling sessions.
Manhood Training consist of interactive, seminar-based workshops that draw from scholarship, personal stories, rap lyrics, and educational and musical videos to discuss incarceration, manhood, hyper-masculinity, street-culture, and independent life-skills. The aim is to make participants self-reflect and self-analyze as they undergo the passage to adulthood in at-risk environments
The Streets Give Back Program
The Streets Give Back Program provides those returning from incarceration with brand new daily & professional apparel donated by local fashion brands and mentorship services by formerly incarcerated individuals. This program aims to fill the void in supporting and uplifting the formerly incarcerated in the Lower Hudson Valley region.