Neighborhood Revitalization Award – Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) (Los Angeles): KDI is an organization comprised of architects, engineers, urban planners and community organizers who work together with community members to transform unused land into productive, sustainable community spaces, such as parks and public spaces for people of all ages. In the process, they improve the local economy, environment and quality of life for residents. Started in 2006, KDI has completed six major projects in Southern California as well as projects in Africa and Latin America.
Self-Starter Award – Lost Boyz Inc. (Chicago): Originally started as a baseball program in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Lost Boyz Inc.’s focus changed when the program founder became concerned with anti-social behaviors among local boys and girls. Today, the organization uses baseball and the experience of competition to mentor youth. Lost Boyz also provides entrepreneurship activities and service learning opportunities to help young people develop character and good decision-making skills. The program has served hundreds of youth ages 9 through 17; more than 75 percent of participants have maintained their GPA at 3.0 or above and are college-bound.
Ron Brownstein writes about this year’s winners, and the larger story they tell about grassroots resurgence across the country, in a piece published now at TheAtlantic.com.
Started in 2015, The Renewal Awards spotlight grassroots solutions to challenges faced by communities around the country and the people making a positive difference. The awards are part of The Renewal Project, The Atlantic’s broader partnership with Allstate that spotlights local innovation. To learn more, please visit TheRenewalProject.com.
The inaugural Renewal Awards were presented in January 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. The six winning organizations were: B Lab (Wayne, Pa.), Champlain Housing Trust (Burlington, Vt.), Girlstart (Austin, Texas), Global Detroit (Detroit), P-TECH (New York) and The WorkPlace (Bridgeport, Conn.).
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