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Dream Factory Could Save Youth From Chicago’s Violent Streets

CHICAGO, IL January 1, 2016 – His GoFundMe campaign pitch video starts out, “ Hi, my name is John F. Kennedy. Yes, just like the President”, and he also loves the quoted… “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” But this person is a middle age African American man who’s mission to help children’s is as passionate. He is the founder of Chicago Village Project, (a community organizer and youth advocate organization), who started a Gofundme account to build a 12,500 sq. ft. media facility entitled Dream Factory Media Art Center right in the middle of one of Chicago’s most deadliest and violent areas of the city, the Auburn/Gresham community.

He hopes to build 8 in all to inspire entrepreneurship and give participates in these communities a way to create resources for themselves.

“Our mission is to teach participants how to create and own their content. Then build a financial base by using today’s technologies like video streaming, the Internet and the massive mobile platform to widen the exposure of their products and services to the world,” He said.

According to the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE.Org), “One of the great benefits of entrepreneurship is the potential for innovation, including market-changing new technologies and ways of doing business. While these disruptions can often upend large, established companies — as many tech startups have done — the panelists were in agreement that working with entrepreneurs is usually beneficial for everyone (including other entrepreneurs).”

According to CIPE.Org, Randall Tavierne of Ernst & Young noted that corporations like his employer see entrepreneurship as good for both society and their bottom line — as successful entrepreneurs will grow their companies into potential clients, which is why they work with foundations, nonprofits, and other organizations to support entrepreneurship programs around the world.

CIPE.Org noted that in the realm of business education, the Kellogg School’s Linda Darragh and Amb. (ret) J.D. Bindenagel, who has worked with DePaul University’s business school, stressed the importance of universities working together on entrepreneurship initiatives.

Such educational collaboration also helps cities like Chicago become attractive hubs for new companies by making sure that they can find and hire the skilled workers they need. Governments are also a vital piece of the ecosystem, provided they work together with the private sector to create favorable conditions for entrepreneurs and new businesses.

“This means getting regulations right,” said former Illinois Congressman Bob Dold. The point was echoed by Derek Lindblom of the Mayor’s Economic Council in Chicago, who emphasized that regulations like business licenses should be designed to minimize the impact on entrepreneurs while still serving the public.

“Engaging Chicago’s youth today will take more then just sticking a basketball in their hand, they need a variety of things to engage them all year around. And for most, It take giving then a reason to get up to meet the day, after a night of terror and violence,” Kennedy said. “We can not simple tell them to “be good”, without putting in front of them real opportunities and means of changing their condition with a direct path away from what the streets is offering them, which is more violence.”

For more information, please visit his GoFundMe campaign:


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