UPDATE: Check out the new website: www.mbrplexington.com! Here you can now make donations to be processed through the Blue Grass Community Foundation, an official 501(c)(3) to allow your donation to qualify for a tax exemption!
Hello, my name is Josh Nadzam and this is my dream.
For about a year I have been chasing it relentlessly. My dream is to replicate Manchester Bidwell
, a non-profit organization that began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Manchester Bidwell works with impoverished and at-risk youth through a visual arts after-school program that aims to inspire them and ensure they graduate high school. Founded by my hero Bill Strickland
, the center also works with adults through a workforce development program in which unemployed, underemployed, and displaced workers receive job training for a variety of professions.
The key aspect of Manchester Bidwell is its use of the arts and beautiful environments to heal the wounds of poverty and inspire its students. When you grow up in poverty, everything around you is gray, dreary, and broken. You think this kind of dilapidated world is all you deserve and you lose hope
. Manchester Bidwell has worked for years to break this trend and inspire the lives of thousands. To date, Manchester Bidwell has been replicated in Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Francisco, Grand Rapids, and New Haven.
My reason for doing this is I was one of those kids. I was one of those "at-risk youth" who was constantly in detention, being suspended, kicked out of athletic games, and living in an impoverished neighborhood. I may have made it out, but I refuse to let anyone else grow up in the same conditions I did.
My dream is to accomplish this in Lexington, Kentucky. I humbly ask for your help, every dollar helps and is greatly appreciated. With over 300,000 people in Lexington, imagine if everyone donated just 50 cents...