To assist K-12 students to become culturally aware, self-motivated and educated in learning a skill related to their passions.Vision
Provide a cultural awareness curriculum, hygiene kits, community resources, education of financial literacy and passionate mentors to K-12 studentsHistory
SLANG (Struggling, Living and Never Giving Up) was founded in 2005 when a group of youth community activists; Maurice Robinson, Tyquilla Smith and Eugene Beard led protests against youth violence, oppression and all other ills that plague people around the world. In 2009, SLANG eventually evolved into a student club at the downtown campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College providing mentoring activities for K-12 students in the Richmond City Public School system. Believing that black and underprivileged youth who lacked the resources and an “unbalanced” school curriculum should have a more productive alternative, they organized SLANG. The program focused on capturing the interests of African-American youth, expanding on their career goals and preparing them to become productive citizens with using activities that focused on being culturally aware.Highlights
In 2009, led protests against youth violence at Richmond City Hall and became a student club at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
In 2010, provided food, hygiene kits and school supplies for 20 students at Henderson Middle.
In 2011, participated in the reclamation of the Richmond’s historic African Burial Ground located in Shockoe Bottom.
In 2012-2013, lobbied politicians for more resources toward youth at Virginia General Assembly.
In 2014-2015, became rebranded and elected a new president.
In 2016, hosted MLK event featuring Actor, Tony Cosby at Franklin Military Academy
In 2016, provided food, hygiene kits and school supplies for 15 students at Franklin Military Academy, hosted several televised community access channel episodes of “SLANG” and raised over $600.00 on Go Fund Me page
In 2017, hosted a recruitment drive at Afrikongo Flea Market, donated 50 lunches to homeless population sheltered at the Madison's house on the North Side of Richmond, Virginia, and a hosted a youth violence prevention event at the main branch of the Richmond Library that included a panel of parents who have children affected by crime and violence.Funds will go to:Activity supplies:
Afrobets First Book bout Africa
Background checks for mentors
Hygiene Kits (Hair brush, tooth brush, floss, hand wipes)
Priniting for activity documents
Printing for news articles Membership/Mentor Recruitment:
Giveaways (Cups, lanyards, wristbands)
Printing for applications