1901 Cooperative Workspace

I’m Brandon Washington, I’m a teacher, and I’m raising money to turn the office of South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) located at 1901 B Washington Ave into a co-op workspace with a goal of benefiting the local community.

There's a need for affordable community space where neighborhood organizations and residents can work and provide programming.

SOSNA's got the perfect space available and I'm raising $20K to secure the space for a year and fit it out while we phase in paying organizations and individuals.

I'm passionate about this because I've been looking for space to provide programming to address a variety of challenges individuals face today.

Other organizations have expressed a similar interest, that are mentioned below. 

The revenue model will essentially be membership based, organizations, and individuals will pay a fee.  We already have organizations anticipating using the space.

By supporting this endeavor, you’re not only helping to establish a community co-work space, but you're also assisting myself and others to address the challenges mentioned below. 
 

[The Challenges]


Due to the pandemic, access to the internet has become a necessity more so than ever before. As a result, the ability to create and manipulate “digital content”is in high demand. The pandemic has also shifted the job market,  leading to a rise in demand for digital skills jobs like data entry or being a virtual assistant. Lastly, there are a variety of community issues impacted by poverty I believe can be addressed with instruction, mentorship, and programming through collaborative efforts that can be facilitated within the space

Organizations within my community such as the Philadelphia Chapter Frontiers International , Young Chances Foundation , The Kiwanis Club of South Philadelphia , Favor International Inc, The STREAM Engine  and others are in need of a space to facilitate community engagement endeavors. 

According toWharton online , technology adoption has accelerated due to COVID-19.  Years of digital transformation has occurred in a matter of months dating back to the start of the pandemic. This means jobs, old and new,  will require more digital skills, exacerbating what was already a widening skills gap.

As indicated by the Inqurier , The poverty rate in Philadelphia has increased and will continue to grow as the pandemic continues. Studies conducted by Northeastern university  suggest that gun violence has a direct connection to poverty which would suggest gun violence would surely continue to increase as well.

Attempting to address the issues mentioned, I wish to use my skill set to provide the training of more usable skills for the current workforce.

 
[Solutions] 


With your support, by establishing this co-op workspace within the community the following goals aim to be achieved:

- Create a revenue stream to support the space through membership fees and selling goods and services within the space.

- Provide a variety of programming developed to create opportunities for individuals in need of adapting to the current and emerging workforce.

- Use my skill set to provide digital skills training to bring jobs to our community in order to alleviate poverty.

- Establish a space neighboring organizations can provide opportunities which involve a variety of objectives such as group/youth programs, activities focused on at-risk populations, outreach events/resource fairs to increase access to employment opportunities, and a multitude of educational events and workshops.


[About me] 


I'm a current Philadelphia resident, born and raised in the graduate hospital area

I’m somewhat known in the city as the son of the late Ron Washington owner of Ron’s Ribs which was once a neighborhood staple. 

Being that my father was a community leader, activist, and entrepreneur, I have always been aware of the issues my city has faced throughout my life. I possess a deep passion for my community which assisted in raising me after the passing of my father during my adolescent years. I’ve spent that last decade acquiring the skills and putting myself in positions to impact the issues that exist within the city. Having acquired degrees in technology, business, and education, with over 10 years working in the tech industry and over 5 years teaching, I believe I’ve accumulated a skillset that is beneficial to my community. I teach Tech ed at the high school level, entrepreneurship, business, and technology at the university level and am an instructor for the Uncommon Individual Foundation’s Technology Mentorship Program. I sit on the board of SOSNA, serve as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Frontiers International organization, and am the academic advisor for the Pete and Jameer Nelson foundation.

Drawing on my experience in teaching, I am proud to serve as an instructor and joined by other great volunteers and colleagues to serve our community.


[The Space] 


My local neighborhood RCO (registered community organization), SOSNA, has the perfect space to be utilized for this endeavor, it’s located at 1901 B Washington Ave.

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[Partners] 


SOSNA 

The STREAM Engine 

Young Chances Foundation 

Philadelphia Chapter Frontiers International 

The Kiwanis Club of South Philadelphia 

Favor International Inc 


[Our funding goals]


We need $5,000 by December 30th in order to secure the space. Our funding goal is $20,000 to secure the space for the entirety of the year and to outfit the space with the necessary COVID friendly equipment. All donations will be used for the space, its equipment, technology, and programs. 

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There’s a saying: Give a man a fish, you have fed him for a day..teach a man how to fish, and you have fed for life. I believe the best way to address poverty is through education. Join me in addressing issues within our community by aiding in establishing this space through your contribution.

Help us make a difference in our community by donating if you can and if you can’t please help spread the word by sharing this fundraiser!

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Brandon Washington 
Organizer
Philadelphia, PA
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