MY BLOCK IS BEAUTIFUL
A block party with a purpose started in 2015 in the Young's Terrace and Calvert Square Community. The community clean up and block party moved to the Safe Creative Community Space in 2017. The block parties take place throughout the Spring and Summer in the Safe Creative Community Space. Community is celebrated through interactive art, music, food & more! My Block is Beautiful is also an opportunity for a major community clean up. Volunteers are welcome!
FUSE FESTIVAL (Focusing on peace, Unity, Spirit & Edu-Tainment)
Teens With a Purpose Annual Community Fest doles out heaps of love and happiness when FUSE FEST (Focus
on Unity, Spirit, and Edutainment) takes place at the Safe Creative Community Space (SCS). FUSE Fest is a transformative event created to fuse community members in unity, to be stronger, healthy, and happy. FUSE Fest was initiated in 2013 as a three-part summer community experience for the surrounding community. FUSE Fest celebrates the heart of inner-city Norfolk, where health, safety, and income disparities are greatest, through this intergenerational, transformative festival held in the downtown Church Street/St. Paul’s District.
HIP (HORTICULTURAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM)
Teens With a Purpose is located in the largest low income housing community in the city. Through funding we have been able to: help feed close to 1400 people throughout the growing season. We piloted our first Horticulture Internship Program called H.I.P. teens in September 2018 and continued through the spring 2019. The internship empowers 12 teens who earns stipends. These young people live in this community. They are the perfect role models for the community. They learned to produce food; gain marketable skills for the growing Green Industry. The interns work side by side with professionals in horticulture and science, including mentors from Norfolk Botanical Gardens; Virginia Cooperative Extension, college interns from Tidewater Community College, Old Dominion University and EVMS. Their training consists of plant healthcare including pruning, planting, harvesting; weeding; community clean up with correlating math and science learning. The interns are currently working to develop a Community Co-op called The Herban Project where they will deliver herbs and veggies to business and individual based upon what is in season. They are gaining self esteem through this project along with a sense of responsibility. They have successfully help TWP lead bi-monthly community clean-ups partnering with Keep Norfolk Beautiful. Recently, interns have built a walking path consisting of fourteen wild flower beds. The summer garden is already yielding fruit and flowers and veggies that we share with the community.