West Kensington Ministry: Mentoring Youth and Disrupting the Pipeline
West Kensington Ministry provides safe space and creative programs for children and youth who live in a neighborhood with high levels of hunger and poverty, broken education system, and vulnerable to early exposure to the criminal justice system and school-to-prison pipeline. Located with a predominantly immigrant community, West Kensington Ministry offers mentoring programs, recording and silk-screening studios, open mic nights, and various opportunities to engage the creative arts in efforts to minister alongside children, youth, and adults in their neighborhood.
What New Initiative Will These Funds Help to Leverage?
West Kensington would become a referral site for those most at risk to the school-to-prison pipeline as they connect youth with trained and equipped adult mentors. These mentoring relationships aim to leverage assets and reduce the pervasive pipeline from absenteeism to juvenile court to the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts young people of color and/or with learning disabilities.