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Bre Onna Mathis is now a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Jan 23, 2013

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Any child could be our next lawyer, doctor or president. That’s why every child should be treated as though they are great. They all possess the potential for greatness. They just need our help to harness and develop that potential. They just need that spark to ignite the flame within them. We envision a day where youth of all ages are meeting their full potential. Our future depends on our responsibility to provide marginalized youth with community programs that will not only address their needs, but inspire their dreams. Our organization, Spark Prodigy, will allow our community’s youth to play pertinent roles within these programs and organizations. Study after study show the importance of the active engagement of youth in the process of resolving the difficulties they are facing- allowing that initial spark to glitter then glow. Spark Prodigy will tailor our programs to fit the real-life issues of marginalized youth.

Everyone has the capabilities to be a contributing member of society. Our youth’s future possibilities will be expanded by higher educational attainment, access to resources and a strong support system at home and from the surrounding community. Everyone deserves access to education that caters toward their learning style in a safe and nurturing environment. We will redesign the paradigm for engaging and connecting marginalized youth back to educational attainment through social enterprise and creative, experimental, innovative pedagogies. Thus, resulting in higher attendance rates and increases in participation resulting in higher test scores. The mind like fire unbound illuminates the darkness, brightens their streets, their neighborhoods, their cities- as their flame sparks the rest. Speech, dreams and actions will reflect individual visions of opportunistic futures. Our programs and activities will reignite ownership in the youth’s community. Mentorship programs will allow youth to be able to build trust in their community. Our students will know that our practitioners are invested in their success. Spark Prodigy is not only providing an afterschool service, but a nurturing environment where teen’s ingenuity can blaze.

We envision everyone becoming a part of this future, by becoming a part of this vision and supporting or mentoring youth who are currently experiencing hardships. We will re-enforce the values of: life learning, relationship building, and capacity building for all youth. We envision a day where their environment will no longer stunt their growth, but allow them to reach their full potential. Arnold Glasow reminds us, “Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” Together we will utilize education and community relationships to redevelop and breathe new life into neighborhoods that were once forsaken. Help us spark prodigy!
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student), individual (professional), local NGO, small business
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Los Angeles, Ca
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Youth Development
How many years professional experience do you have ?
6-10
What is one of your favorite websites in the field?
http://afterschoolalliance.org
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Development, Education, Internally Displaced, Nonviolence, Social Entreprenuership, Sports for Development, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Marginalized Youth

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