Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
As a former foster youth herself, Victoria Mancheno understands the background of trauma, juvenile delinquency, truancy and at-risk youth and its side effects on the mental scope that affects behavior within a youth's day to day activities. Victoria attended both Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University, where she served on the Board of Directors for Florida Youth SHINE (FYS). FYS is a non-profit organization that advocates and legislates for current and former foster youth to enhance a better support system for those in the child-welfare system. During her attendance at FAMU she met Supreme Court Justice Pariente, where she provided Victoria an opportunity to be apart of a life-changing force for the State of Florida. Justice Barbara Pariente made Victoria a part of a three person team in building the www.schooljustice.org toolkit and website for local stakeholders within the Florida courts and school system, an effective way to encourage keeping youth in school and out of the court system by providing alternative methods to handling youth who are often affected by various socioeconomic and demographic issues and training for those directly involved. The Invincible Project was created in Massachusetts to provide a solution to same epidemic.
We believe in changing the narrative among disadvantaged youth, especially within the minority or BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) communities where statistically the success rate is low beyond high-school graduation. We do this by providing Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Arts and Mathematics programs to these underserved youth.
All Board of Directors each have an extensive background in juvenile delinquency population, higher education, serving underserved youth, mental health, social work as well as governmental affairs, non-profit management and public administration.
We also bridge the gap between career curiosity for those students who are interested in military jobs and related industry fields.
Being that our founder, Victoria is an US ARMY Veteran still currently serving, she believes in providing opportunities for those who are interested yet unaware of the benefits it holds to understand what all servicewomen and servicemen do in a variety of roles, whether reserve, national guard or active duty.
All mentors, participants, and employees are CORI certified, and National Sex Offender Background Checked.
Ranowo is a fundraising platform that is founded by A Black Woman to support black and latinx communities through non-profit organizations that primarily serves that population. They are partnered with us for our Project Toy Drive Charity List and Emergency Disaster List.
Community Works is a pre-apprenticeship program in the Greater Springfield area to get 18+ into a new career in transportation/construction.
Community Works and The Invincible Project have partnered to bring awareness to our youth graduating high school and those seeking to advance their careers. Our partnership is apart of our Career Advancement and Skillset Program
A non-profit tailored to mentor and uplift our youth and young men in Springfield. We have partnered to bridge the community of mentor-ship with young women and men, as well as our elderly community. This non-profit provided us a UNITY Grant towards Project Laptops.
We created partnership with YEA Arts Collective to generate a social and justice discussion on the current events surrounding today’s racial and social injustice climate through a diversity mural to encapsulate the wrongful death of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the countless others who have been killed due to escalated police escalations. A peaceful and artful approach to much needed perspective and discussion with our community.
"We affirm the need to redress historical inequities in the arts and cultural sector and commit to supporting equitable and inclusive practices through all aspects of our work." We partnered with them because they simply see the disparity and believed in us. Thank you.
WE are extremely grateful for your support, sponsorships, follows, mentions and donations this past year of 2020. An impact report will be available on our site by February 2021. Your contributions have impacted our minority youth in a multitude of ways, whether it be clothes, technology certifications, paid internships or more. We thank you and we wish you a wonderful 2021!