Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities
Edited By Heather M. Pleasants and Dana E. Salter
Chapter 10: Visions Beyond the Bricks: Reflections on Engaging Communities to Support Black Male Youth
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Visions Beyond the Bricks: Reflections on Engaging Communities to Support Black Male Youth
Ouida Washington and Derek Koen
“Do you think you’re a smart kid? Yes, I’m a smart kid...”
We sat in the mid-town New York office of a potential funder, anxious to show the fine cut of the film we’d been working on for almost a year. We didn ’t have much experience with philanthropy, where social-issue work like the film we’d produced found a lifeline, nor did they as funders know what to expect from a film project. Much of our work thus far had focused on helping non-profits use media to tell their own stories, so now for us to come with a project we had developed on our own was new, bold, and nerve racking for us.
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