David Dennis at the National Civil Rights Conference

Posted by  Kevin Lombard  June 16, 2016 03:27 PM


Meridian: One of TYPP's Board members, David Dennis, will be honored at the 6th national Civil Rights Conference on June 19th. 

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Ivanhoe Donaldson -- SNCC veteran, political organizer, and friend — has passed away.

Posted by  The Young People's Project  April 06, 2016 11:48 AM

“Values come first. As long we have war, we will not advance. Most important is non-violence. As it says in a Pete Seeger song, ‘Peace in the world, or the whole world in pieces.’”    

                                                                            -Ivanhoe Donaldson


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Young People’s Project Empowers Youth with Math Skills

Posted by  The Young People's Project  November 12, 2015 12:00 PM

By: Robin White Goode
Source: Black Enterprise

YPP is doing wonderful work. It recruits youngsters 14 and up to teach recreational math after school to children in grades three through five. Of course, it’s also teaching planning and leadership skills, math competence, and responsibility.

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Former State Rep. now heads educational organization

Posted by  The Young People's Project  March 05, 2015 07:10 PM

By Marquita Brown
source: carolinaCAN

Working with students in the Mississippi Delta sparked an interest in education for Marcus Brandon.

He spent two summers in the state with the Young People’s Project, an effort started by civil rights leader Bob Moses that emphasizes math literacy.

That work also focused on student empowerment and the idea of quality education as a constitutional right, Brandon said.

The experience in the Delta, he said, “really opened my eyes to what education disparities really look like.”

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Bob Moses Was the Quiet Architect of Mississippi's Freedom Summer in 1964

Posted by  The Young People's Project  January 26, 2015 07:23 PM

By Nicolaus Mills
source: The Daily Beast

On January 24, Bob Moses will be honored with an 80th birthday party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his home since 1976. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., whose January birthday is a national holiday, Moses is not widely known for his role in the civil rights movement. He should be. He was the driving force behind the historic Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964.

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Posted by  The Young People's Project  December 09, 2014 07:31 PM

Source: New Profit

New Profit Inc. has selected Maisha Moses Maisha is proud to be part of a collection of 7 amazing social entrepreneurs! She as well as The Young People's Project are looking forward to getting to work with @NewProfit #NPAccelerator.

To learn more about this venture and the members click here.

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YPP helps bring STEAM to local Chicago youth

Posted by  The Young People's Project  September 20, 2014 07:56 PM

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Source: Diverse

WASHINGTON — Even though mastery of math and science is a critical part of the effort to achieve more proportionate Black representation in STEM fields, a bigger part of the equation is to spark student interest in STEM careers.

That was one of the key arguments that scholars and practitioners made recently as they critiqued the manner in which K-12 and higher education systems tend to deliver math and science education.

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Albert Sykes - Game Changer

Posted by  The Young People's Project  July 19, 2014 08:04 PM

By Ugi Ugwuomo
Source: Ebony Magazine

The media can be a strange and destructive space in regards to its relationship with the youth of today. Cultural relevancy and the currency it bears is driven by a market that bleeds static views of violence, sexual excess, and near- primitive levels of raw entertainment. In this trading floor of information, the youth of today are quickly labeled as the generation of the apathetic, unimpassioned, and overprivileged. A group that can only hold concern for the time period their thumb-swipe allots.
Half-a-century ago, as a response to the criminal exclusion of African- Americans from the voting process in Mississippi, teams of young people from across the country collected to create the the Mississippi Summer Project - commonly known as the Freedom Summer. Beyond its mission to register and mobilize an ignored population of African-American residents in a state infamous for its racially charged politics, the project also set up Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in and around Mississippi to support the local communities. That June in 1964 set a standard for student-led initiatives during the Civil Rights Movement and voting equality programs thereafter.

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Tavis Smiley Interviews Bob Moses

Posted by  The Young People's Project  July 16, 2014 12:00 PM

Source: Tavis Smiley Show

Bob Moses vividly recalls 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. A SNCC leader and co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations, he'd spent four years working on voter registration in the state and played a crucial role in organizing the campaign. He was also instrumental in establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that would challenge the state's all-white DNC delegation in Atlantic City, NJ that fall. The Harlem native later became an impassioned middle school math teacher, in NY and in Tanzania, East Africa, and used the grant he received as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow to create The Algebra Project, a nonprofit that's become a model program for teaching math literacy.

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Young People's Project connects tech and civil rights

Posted by  The Young People's Project  January 22, 2014 12:00 PM

By Bethany Allen
Source: Cambridge Chronicle

In Microsoft’s Kendall Square office on a Friday afternoon last fall, about a dozen people worked busily building programs from scratch. Literally, the programs were built on Scratch, a freely available application developed by MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group. The programmers? Local teenagers, brought to Microsoft by the Young People’s Project for a free conference billed as a “sampling of real-world S.T.E.A.M.-related career topics and skills.”

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