Project SPEAKS, Inc.
Our Motto: Creating positive change in communities through education and service
Project SPEAKS, Inc. (Spread Positivity Encourage Awareness Know Something), is a (501c3) California-based non-profit organization, volunteer group, and movement created to promote unity, self-awareness, and positivity.
Founded in 2012, Project SPEAKS' goal is to provide academic and non-academic resources to developing communities, while promoting community education, social awareness, and personal growth. Through interactive workshops, academic support, and community engagement, Project SPEAKS, Inc. hopes to create change in our communities.
Project SPEAKS, Inc. focuses its efforts on uplifting marginalized communities, as well as providing opportunities for growth and development.
Project SPEAKS, Inc. strives to establish programming and services to promote, engage, and enhance the development of growing communities. Project SPEAKS, Inc. is dedicated to helping students and community members, especially those who come from marginalized backgrounds, grow personally, academically, and professionally by combining academic services, civic action, social awareness, and community engagement to promote development in all members of society.
In order to advance our mission, we strive to:
Vision #1: Provide academic support through peer mentoring, tutoring, and skills development. Additionally, utilize resources to increase access to and persistence through academia.
Vision #2: Enhance leadership and social awareness through a variety of programs, conferences, and networking opportunities.
Vision #3: Strengthen growing communities through volunteer service, community education, and eliminating barriers to opportunities.
Project SPEAKS, Inc. imagines a world that is developmental, sustainable, and full of opportunities. We believe that an inclusive approach, where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. Project SPEAKS is committed to developing and supporting communities to create an environment where systemic barriers are identified, acknowledged, and properly addressed. Through our engagement efforts, Project SPEAKS provides a foundation for social activism and community restoration.
Creating an equitable and just community is an ongoing process that requires individuals to acknowledge and address all barriers arising from the history of bias, discrimination, racism, and organizational structures. These barriers can be both intentional and unintentional, as well as being visible or covert, but they all support the disenfranchisement of the oppressed and the progression of the privileged.
Project SPEAKS' members and staff engage specifically in communities by promoting pride, addressing social issues, and providing access to the lack of resources impacting those specific communities.
It is critical for Project SPEAKS and its partners to be explicit in the expression of our collective drive toward these ideals.
Provide greater access to information, resources, and activities to promote social justice, awareness, and personal development
Host activities and presentations to increase social awareness and promote community building, especially as it relates to cultural empowerment and enlightenment.
Develop and deliver community resources to low-income and underserved communities.
WHAT WE DO
Project SPEAKS, Inc. strives to establish programming and services to promote, engage, and enhance the development of growing communities. Through education and service, we attempt to eliminate barriers to opportunities and provide avenues for continual growth.
VOLUNTEER AND SERVICE PROJECTS
Goal: Helping The Community
Project SPEAKS, Inc., believes that community engagement and restoration will allow people to grow and excel in a nurturing environment. Through partnerships and service projects we will accomplish this goal.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Goal: Providing Educational Support
At Project SPEAKS, Inc., we place an emphasis on providing students with additional academic support through educational workshops and tutoring, as well as resources to promote and increase academic success. We also strive to provide the community with trainings and workshops to increase their skills and awareness on a variety of topics.
SOCIAL JUSTICE CONSULTING
Goal: Increasing Social Awareness
At Project SPEAKS, Inc., we are dedicated to increasing social awareness within communities through social justice training, workshops, and experiences. We are always striving to make a difference, and enhance our communities. Project SPEAKS, Inc. offers these low-cost and free workshops/trainings on a request basis.
AMPLIFYING VOICES, PROMOTING HEALING
Founder & CEO, Jakeel R. Harris places a strong emphasis on encouraging self-expression and healing through artistic platforms such as poetry, dance, music, and art. He believes that healing is a vital part of sustaining and developing a thriving community. We, as Project SPEAKS, Inc. hope to share and bring exposure to these aspects to communities at large. Everyone a part of a community should have their voices heard without the threat of silencing. Marginalized populations have historically had their voices challenged and their pain neglected. We want our communities to be heard and their healing to be the focal point of their growing process.