Welcome to Brownsville Chooses!

Local NStat Winning Project

Youth Development | Youth Designed Projects

The Brownsville Houses community voted to invest $30,000 in projects designed to empower youth residents to create opportunities for youth audiences. In 2022, young people living in Brownsville Houses will partner with local organizations and city agencies to design and implement programming including:

  • Arts and entrepreneurship programs,
  • Mentorship opportunities to address trauma and provide healing circles and peer-to-peer support groups,
  • Life skills training workshops on topics such as financial management and healthy relationships, and
  • Expanded networks for youth to access a wider range of resources.

All Project Proposals

Project 1: Physical Space | Improvements to Play and Green Spaces

This project is an opportunity to renovate play & green spaces at Wagner. Spaces will be co-designed with residents by hosting design workshops, identifying priority spaces, and creating stewardships. The upgrades can include vibrant murals that reflect the neighborhood, new park benches, gardens, signage, skate ramps, fitness equipment, or more.

Project 2: Economic Stability | Education and Job Training Programs

This project aims to connect education and job training to long-term, stable careers through on-site college fairs, youth mentorship, career coaching, subsidized apprenticeship programs, and events offering funding opportunities for education & entrepreneurial start-ups.

Project 3: Health and Well-being | More Healthy Food

This project focuses on increasing access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food through a variety of strategies, including food justice education and awareness campaigns to improve quality of food in local markets; food programming like cooking demos, pop-up juice bars, and community dinners.

Project 4: Safety and Justice | Community/Police Relations

This project seeks to improve interactions between law enforcement and community members through community/police mini-grants that focus on co-designing safety interventions; intergenerational healing events that build relationships between youths and older adults; and listening tours that invite police to learn from community leaders about their priorities.