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John F. Kennedy Has A Plan To Save Chicago’s Violent Streets

This facility will use cutting-edge technology to empower youth and save their lives...

This is not JFK who quoted; “Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. But this JFK has a plan to save the violent ones!

Engaging youth today will take more then just sticking a basketball in their hands
— John F. Kennedy - CVP Founder
CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2015 / -- His GoFundMe campaign ( pitch video starts out, “ Hi, my name is John F. Kennedy. Yes, just like the President.” But this is not the John F. Kennedy who quoted… “Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” .” But he is a seasoned African American man who posesses a zeal and a love for children and a desire to give them a better future.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 the 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 facilities total to inspire entrepreneurship and give participates in these communities a way to create wealth for themselves.

According to Kennedy, training will be concentrated in several areas, these are a few examples:

1 Entertainment (Music & Concerts, Film & Video, Dance, Theater)
2 Gaming (3D Game Development, Team Competition)
3 Fashion (Modeling, Design, Runway Shows)
4 Publishing (eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers)
5 Sports (Wrestling, Boxing, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Soccer, Skateboarding and BMX Bike Racing

“Our mission is to teach participants how to create and own their content and build a financial base by using today’s technologies of video streaming, the Internet, social media and the massive mobile platform to widen the exposure of their products and services to the world for a profit,” 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; this point was echoed by Derek Lindblom of the Mayor’s Economic Council in Chicago. Lindblom emphasized that regulations like business licenses should be designed to minimize the impact on entrepreneurs while still serving the public.

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

For more information, please visit his GoFundMe campaign:

John F. Kennedy
Chicago Village Project
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