Hi all! My name is Dakari Finister and I’ve been working with a non-profit in Chicago named Territory. Territory is a summer employment program that hires youth to build their voice, vision, and agency using urban design and architecture within their community. In other words, we hire youth to envision how their community can feel safer, then work together to actually make it happen. Through this program, youth have the opportunitiy to speak on how their community has impacted their feelings of safety, then work to actively change that. What I love about working with Territory is that we don't just give youth the knowledge on designing the city, but also the experience, tools, and agency to do something about it. These teens do everything from filing a building permit with the city, to presenting to community's alderman in Chicago to recieve support. Its amazing to see the power these teens have when they are given the guidance and tools to fulfill their vision.
Territory is an amazing non-profit that I would have never known about or had the opportunity to work with- if I hadn’t applied to be a fellow with Future Leaders in Action (FLIA). FLIA is a national organization that mentors emerging professionals through a career in a social sector. From instruction on trauma informed care to exercises on producing personal purpose statements, FLIA has walked us through it all. What makes this opportunity especially great is that Kirsten (executive director of FLIA), has worked with us one on one to not just make sure we thrive at our summer placements, but to ensure we have the tools to continue to thrive in the fall and beyond.
This opportunity is especially important to me, because as a graduate student student sociology at University of Illinois-Chicago, I'm constantly reading about social inequality, but I yearn for the opportunity to apply what I know outside of the classroom. Through this opportunity, I get to do just that. I get an inside look at how a non-profit tackles both gentrification and the school to prison pipeline all through an urban design lens. From my experiences working with youth on probation, to mentoring high school students on college entry, I've never experienced anything quite like this.
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