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WHY SOCIAL ENTERPRISING?
As a former Gang member(CISCO) and working on the issue of youth violence for over 20 years, I believe that youth needmany opportunities to succeed.
There are very fewjob opportunitiesfor youththathave been impacted by gangs in Denver. The CBI recently stated there are over 12,000gang members in Colorado and of those, 8,000are in the Denver Metro Area. Also in todayshard economic timesour youthare competingwith dislocated workers and other young people for jobs. GRASP reaches out to these youth with positive alternatives to the gang lifestyle. It’s been said “nothing stops a bullet like a job”.
GRASP has over 24 years of experiencein working with youth in Denver and buildingsuccessful programs and partnerships. Using the combination of that experience andpassion for the youth, we have a formed a strongteam to build on those successes and to create a solid business.
To provide youth with employment opportunities, GRASP developed a social enterprise, GRASP Enterprises. Our first venture, a silkscreen & embroidery shop willprovide the Job Readiness Training component, a curriculum developed in partnership with The Office of Economic Development, Servicios de La Raza and others, as well as provide real world skills and training.
GRASP Enterprises has received a donation of an embroidery machine and a capitol grantto purchase the silkscreen equipment and another grant to off set the initialstart up costs. Our initial goal is to employ 35 youth a year, but with additional investments and contacts we can not onlybuild our capacity and become sustainable but also expand to serve even more youth.