Articulet Road Scholars

Published on July 4, 2014 um 12:44

Summary of your idea

The rate of unemployment in Jamaica is highest among the youth population. It is also quite easy to get invloved in criminal activities when there seems to be no opportunity for advancement. Articulet Road Scholars is a programme that will help to reduce the unemployment rate among the youth population while promoting peace and love in communities. The main objectives of the Road Scholars is to empower unattached (street youths) and unemployed young people with talent and ambition. This project will focus on urban as well as young people in undeserved rural communities. We will be reducing unemployment and poverty while ensuring that young people are meaningfully engaged instead of getting caught up in deviant activities. What is innovative about this approach is the intersection of the arts, creative industries and entrepreneurship. What is also innovative about this approach is that we will go into the communities throughout the days to see where young people are wasting their days. Some will be invited to auditions and some based on recommendations but all the young people must indicate that they have goals and dreams that they are willing to work towards. Rural communities are oftentimes neglected and these communities are the source of many social issues and we plan to address these in creative ways while providing a platform for community members to be empowered and earn from whatever their talents are. Activities will range from performances in non-traditional spaces, family events and exhibitions, workshops, performance engagements, making of craft items, street art festivals, school empowerment sessions and so on. These young people will also be empowered with different skills which will include barbering, craft development.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Measures of success will be how many young people are redirected from off the streets on a daily basis and are engaged in productive activities. The number of young people who would have gained knowledge on different life skills and personal development. The number of young people that will eventually form the performance unit called the Road Scholars performing at local events, designing, making and selling craft items by which they will be able to earn an income. The number of young people who will have an option to wiping windscreen at the stop lights. In general, there will be a reduction in poverty, this project is about the sustainable development of young people by young people. A measure of success will also be the carious creative ideas and ventures emanating from the group. A measure of success primarily for the rural communities would be a reduction in the number of teenage pregnancy. More individuals will be engaged in productive activities.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business model is a social enterprise done creatively. Unattached young people will be empowered and in turn be the ones empowering themselves and others using whatever talents they have. While the group will address a myriad of social and cultural issues, they will also earn from performance and creative engagements. Clients will include government, Non-Government as well as corporate personnel. We will primarily focus on getting start up funding from various foundations that we have identified with an interest in youth development, arts and culture, entrepreneurship and poverty reduction. We also plan to roll out a strong crowdfunding campaign. Possible collaborators include the Jamaica Cultural development Fund, Ministry of Youth and Culture, YMCA & YWCA, service groups. There will be a project cordinator with different individuals focusing on different areas of training and development, fundraising and partnerships.

Your profile

I am a 26 years old young man who grew up in the rural community of Garden Field in St. Thomas, Jamaica. I am a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship trained Creative and Social Entrepreneur. I am Founder and managing Director of Articulet and previously founded the International Kreative Aktivism Ntework (IKAN) which started the initial work with the Armadale survivors. I am a final year student (on leave of absence) at the University of the West Indies where I am pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. I am an award winning Reggae-Dub/Spoken Word Poet delivering life changing and entertaining performances. I am a professional performer who is also a screen, stage and voice actor and sometimes play the role of motivational facilitator. Recently, I became a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and in March of 2013, received the Prime Ministers Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture as well as the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work through arts and culture. As a young student leader I was Head Boy of Excelsior High School and Deputy Head Boy of Wolmers Boys School. I have had the opportunity of engaging audiences and participating in functions locally, regionally and internationally as a Dub Poet, Actor, Facilitator and Youth Leader. Countries visited include Zambia, Manchester, Birmingham and London (02 Arena) in the UK as well as Canada, Venezuela, Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. I am about impacting lives positively by merging my passions for culture, arts, leadership and youth development. I am also heavily influenced and motivated by my humble background which is why I am so interested in rural development.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

peace-building , environment, education, health, poverty reduction, cultural diversity , empowerment of women, youth

Brainstorming session outdoors

A video shoot in an urban community

Forum and creative workshop with a number of schools

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August 3, 2014 01:15

Hi Randy,

I would be interested in supporting your project by investing in the technology creation aspect which I think is what you need to create a market place.

Our fund invests in projects that promote skill development and employment opportunities. Please do get in touch with us.

Saleem Qureshi
CEO | Assessment Fund
[email protected]

July 12, 2014 16:16

Bravely go toward! I encourage you.