Led by youth.
Co-designed by community.
Grounded in joy.
Aspiring towards hope.
Nurturing Youth Leadership
We want to ensure youth experiences and aspirations are not only heard, but valued and acted upon. “Fortifying Futures” will co-create a youth-focused space that will be an incubator for project ideation, mentorship, and self-determination. This space will nurture joyful youth leadership and be a key feedback loop for this project.
Fostering Deep Relationships
Communities know best. The knowledge and capabilities in communities most affected by youth incarceration can bring hope in ways that harmful systems cannot. This project will strengthen and broaden AHSHAY’s partnerships. It will help us test and put the ideas that arise from this collective effort into action.
Fortifying Futures is grounded in the wisdom and imagination of communities we serve. We will work with different partners to address youth homelessness and incarceration. Our focus will be on prevention and possibility.
We are cultivating and ideating upstream and asset-based projects that materialize a vision for communities having the things that obliviate youth incarceration and unhoused youth. Meaningful power is noticeable, communities have the spaciousness to cultivate solutions and a sense of self-determination through this co-destined experience.
Phase I – Planning
September 2023 – January 2024
Phase II – Convening
February 2024 – October/November 2024
Phase III – Cultivating
October 2024 – February/May 2025
Phase IV – Evaluation + Beta Testing
Estimated 15 months
Phase V – Implementation
Estimated 12 months
AHSHAY Receives Philanthropic Support to Pursue a Novel, Community Designed Approach to Preventing Youth Homelessness and Incarceration
“Social transformation is also an inside job, and there is a relationship between our individual healing and social transformation, and the two cannot be separated.”