Objective

Empower - Include - Connect

We BELIEVE our kids are the future. With so much going on in the world today, #GR Summer Project launched in 2018 as a platform to empower our kids to not only identify problems, but lead solutions. By connecting our youth with funding, mentors and opportunity to implement the change they want to see in our community. Based on their submissions our student leaders helped to identify 5 key problems impacting our local communities. Working all summer to create business, raise funding , host events and drive social impact that connected opportunities to build from in our community.

Year two, Magic 104.9's GR Summer Project is asking our community to take the pledge and commit to working on one project with youth this summer that helps to empower , connect and lead positive impact here in Grand Rapids. The project could be a business idea that solves a problem, community advocacy project that drives impact , Youth sports program bringing communities together, or a Musical talent. With so many individuals and businesses committed to making Grand Rapids a positive community, this Summer we want to provide a platform that drives collaboration by connecting the different people , businesses and programs making positive impact. This year we are asking students, non-profits, churches, schools, for profit companies , individuals , and organizations to join us by taking the pledge , signing up your team and submitting the project you are working on. As we work together to Showcase COLLECTIVE impact this summer. Townsquare Media's Magic 104.9 and partner organizations will be sharing with our community the teams projects via radio , TV, social , on site events and social impact. All content can be found via GrsummerProject and by using #GrsummerProject.

Project submissions will be narrowed down to top 8 . Our community will vote and the Top four teams will receive $1049.00. As part of the project youth 6th grade thru College Freshman will have the opportunity to submit songs and music that speak to 5 key community challenges below and how we can change it. The community will be invited to the Gr Summer Project impact awards, where youth will perform and project winner of the community vote for best Project and Talent will be announced.

Key Goals

Empower & Include our youth in leading the positive change they want to see in our local community.

Remove all obstacles. Allowing our youth to connect their idea to community coaches, organizations and business leaders they may not currently have access to.

Give our community and business professionals fresh perspective from our Grand Rapids area students and encourage all to think differently this summer.

Celebrate Together: As we continue to strive for diversity and inclusion. Celebrate the kids efforts and our community coming together at an end of summer concert. Where work and people are showcased on the big stage!

Key Goals

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    Empower & Include

    Empower & Include our youth in leading the positive change they want to see in our local community.

    Remove all obstacles

    Allowing our youth to connect their idea to community coaches, organizations and business leaders they may not currently have access to.

    Give

    Give our community and business professionals fresh perspective from our Grand Rapids area students and encourage all to think differently this summer.

    Celebrate Together

    As we continue to strive for diversity and inclusion. Celebrate the kids efforts and our community coming together at an end of summer concert. Where work and people are showcased on the big stage!

    I enjoyed all of the meet ups and getting to meet new people, and it was a chance for me to experience new things this Summer.

    Lily Amarandei

    Great job putting together the inaugural GRSummerProject 2018. Thank you for giving these young people a platform and especially I'd like to thank you on behalf of All of the Above Hip Hop Academy for giving our students this opportunity. Our students learned a lot through out the process and really came together because of this project. We look forward to next year and the AOTA Academy students plan on continuing the work they started through the winter into next summer.

    Monk Matthaeus

    Today was a blessing. I got to open up for a national artist and met a few major artist including the legend from back in the 80's Kwame. S/o for 104.9 Magic and #Grsumerproject for giving me this opportunity.

    Kamoni 12th Grade Godwin Heights

    So proud of Lili - she participated in #grsummerproject this summer and proved that she is a real #bosslady! She is compassionate, kind, open and accepting. She makes friends wherever she goes. Not sure how she ended up with me or how she is turning out to be such a good kid!

    Holly Amarandei

    These kids are absolutely amazing. They are our future leaders. Passionate, talented, and working for a change in their community.

    Stephanie Ford

    #GRsummerPROJECT

    Empowering our youth to be the change they want to see in our community