The Blackwood Project was created by Brandon Blackwood to counter one of New York City’s most vulnerable demographics… Homeless youth ages 13-25. We aim to stand in as the family these youth need, by providing basic necessities, counseling, clothing, supplies, and job training. In a city that collects upwards of 50 BILLION Dollars, there is no excuse for these at-risk individuals to be without the proper living quarters, training, and daily necessities.
We are asking that you join in aiding our mission. All donations with be allotted to several NYC based homeless youth organizations plus go towards purchasing basic human needs. We are all in this together and ever penny matters.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS TO DONATE WE UNDERSTAND! INSTEAD… SHARE! POST! SPREAD THE WORD! ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED !
WE ARE RAISING FUNDS FOR
- Hygiene Supplies / Toiletries to distribute to youth on a daily basis. Soap, feminine products, razors, shampoos, underwear/undergarments, dental care, socks, toothbrushes, towels, blankets, and more.
-Purchase more beds and bedding for pre-existing youth shelters
-More accessibility to Counseling / Therapy within shelters
-Job training and placement courses and fairs
- Uniforms and/or Work clothing for newly acquired jobs (blazers, pants, blouses, shoes, winter coats)
- Monetary support directly to youth-specific homeless shelters across all 5 boroughs. (This will aid in funding maintenance of facilities, on-site staff, on-site therapist/counselors, and making sure the lights stay on in these shelters)
- Creating theft-proof convertible backpacks/ work bags for youth traveling through different shelter systems.
- Supplying parenting homeless youth with diapers, formula, and other materials for their children.
We are hoping to reach our goal of $250,000 by Mid-March. 75K will go strictly towards the above listed physical materials. The remanding money will be split evenly and go to the below listed shelters. The shelters will use the funds to continue providing support/ expanding services/ maintaining facilities/ and offering more programs like job/housing placement, therapy, etc...
-Ali Forney Center
-Coalition for Homeless Youth
-Covenant House New York
-New Alternatives For LGBT Youth
There are 63,636 homeless people, including 15,580 homeless families with 23,065 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system.
These numbers are surreal when realizing New York State brought in 54.5 BILLION in tax revenue 2017.
Simply put, people are being forgotten. Even worse, youth from 13-25yrs of age.
Homeless young people of New York are overlooked and underserved. Though New York City holds its annual count of homeless people, as part of a nationwide tally coordinated by the federal government. The undertaking involves more than 3,000 volunteers who fan out across the five boroughs to record how many people are found to be living on the street. Many of those in their late teens and early 20s who are homeless and present particular challenges and risks. Many are runaways, or former foster children who are now too old for state services, or been victims of abuse or homophobia at home.
Unfortunately, many youth are undetected in this tally. The reason being that in this system, they are forced to be adults.
Undercounting them means fewer social services for people at particular risk of being drawn into prostitution and cycling into long-term homelessness, according to organizations that specialize in helping young homeless people.
FOR EACH DONATION WITHIN THE BELOW BRACKETS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A THANK YOU NOTE PLUS ITEM. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING “DONOR REWARDS” PLEASE EMAIL US DIRECTLY AT INFO@BRANDONBLACKWOOD.COM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
$5 - $100 : You will receive a mailed hand written “Thank You” note for your donation. Your contribution is helping us reach our goal!
$200 - $400: Custom Vegan Leather Small Item stamped with “ The Blackwood Project Logo” + Thank You Note
$500 - $1,000: Choice of Summer 19” full sized collection piece + Handwritten Note
$1,500 + : Completely custom mid-sized item made from any material of your choosing. You will design this piece alongside Brandon Blackwood (1 of 1 , just for you) + handwritten Note + Vegan leather small item.
Thank you so much for showing interest in The Blackwood Project! Your support from even $1 helps us get closer to our goal and is helping someone more than you could imagine! In these trying times, its important to stick together and help those who are in need. You give me so much hope in humanity an together we can make such a monumental difference for soon many young adults! Thank you! Love you!
Brandon Blackwood | designer/founder of Brandon Blackwood New York and The Blackwood Project