MIAMI, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honestly, would you support a yoga studio in Baltimore or a Safe Brave Space for LGBT youth in Detroit if those projects were posted on Kickstarter by black men? Most people say "yes", but they can find out for sure this week thanks to the $60,000 "Better Together Challenge" issued by BMe Community. The Challenge urges people to consider six great ideas posted on Kickstarter by teams of deeply committed black men called "BMe Leaders."
Enter Changa Bell, James Burnett, Phillip Jones, Curtis Lipscomb, Dr. Damien Myers, and Sulaiman Rahman; six qualified black social entrepreneurs who posted their informed solutions to toxic stress in Baltimore, "food deserts" in Detroit, college financing in Philadelphia and more.
The six projects can be found at http://bit.ly/KickstartBMe16. For every project that reaches its modest Kickstarter fund raising goal by the 4th of July, BMe Community will donate an additional $10,000!
"We're betting that money on you," said BMe founder, Trabian Shorters. "We're betting that you'll support these great ideas and to tell your friends. Imagine celebrating that success this Independence Day!"
- Bell, a yoga instructor, posted the "OM Center" to teach yoga techniques to reduce post-traumatic and toxic stress in Baltimore youth.
- Burnett, the long-time leader of West Philadelphia Financial Services, posted a project that creates 3-5-minute quick-reference videos for making financial and business decisions.
- Jones, a professional chef, posted the "More Than Convenient" project which replaces low-grade convenience store foods with healthy alternatives in Detroit's "food deserts."
- Curtis Lipscomb, a passionate civil rights leader, is renovating a building in Detroit to become a "Safe Brave Space" for LGBT youth.
- Damien Myers, a licensed physician and community leader, posted a project to teach parents of his science, technology, engineering and math students how to pay for college.
- Sulaiman Rahman, the founder of Urban Philadelphia Professional Network, posted a project to train professionals of color and then place them on nonprofit boards throughout the city.
Since 2013, BMe has connected inspired black men to friends and allies of all races and genders. Their 165 BMe Leaders help about 500,000 people per year and encourage everyone else to take just a moment to make the world better together.
BMe Community is backed by private donations and leading foundations including the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, The Heinz Endowments and The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
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