SALISBURY, MD - Salisbury residents Amber Green and Larry Carroll Jr, have launched a new youth and creative arts organization, Fenix Youth Project Inc., in hopes of encouraging the youth and community that creative expression is a tool for social change. Whether dance, music, poetry, or photography, there are various creative tools that serve as methods to impact social change. The focus is to divert youth from destructive choices and provide alternative ways to have fun, serve their community and express themselves.
Studies shows that sixty percent of American children are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools and communities. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005, Salisbury, MD had the 12th highest violent crime rate in the country. At a rate of 906.4 for every 100,000 residents, which was nearly double the national rate. In the latest record of 2010, the region dropped only thirty-eight percent to 669 violent crime per 100,000 people, still much higher than the national average.
In April 2014, Fenix Youth Project Inc. supported the national campaign against youth violence and held events during National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Events, such as, Face2Face, brought community members, youth and press to an open forum where youth and members of law enforcement and the justice system came together to have an open dialogue about their community concerns. CoFounder, Amber Green, of Washington, DC is an advocate for youth arts and arts education. She gives credit to her high school poetry teacher to opening her eyes to the power of creative expression. Green, is a spoken word poet. In 2008, she enrolled at University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she majored in English Literature, participated in various campus open mics and gained her skill in video/audio production and editing. “I believe in empowering and inspiring. The current methods used on today's youth do more harm than good in my opinion.” says, Green.
According to research gained from Department of Juvenile Services, Wicomico County Detention Center is one of the top six facility housing juveniles charged as adults. Of those other facilities are Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince Georges County, Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County Detention Center. In 2014, of all Juveniles charged as adults in the state of Maryland, 37.9% was assault related, 32.9% robbery related and 10% were manslaughter or murder.“There aren't enough accessible youth programs or enough community involvement in this area,” says, CoFounder, Larry Carroll Jr., of Harlem, New York. Carroll is a musical artist who grew up in Harlem, New York, where there are various youth programs for the youth to participate in. He himself have used his talents and education to travel across the country and as far as Australia.
Youth board member, Tomar Neal is a nineteen year old volunteer firefighter with the Volunteer Rescue Fire Company in Cambridge, MD. At his young age, his passion for helping people and speaking to his youth peers motivates him in his work with Fenix Youth Project and bringing future programs to Dorchester County. “I believe that good leaders create great leaders and Fenix Youth Project puts me in that position,” says, Neal. Fenix Youth Project Inc. have plans to bring free creative workshops for the youth in various areas such as dance, photography, visual art, music, etc.
Currently, the Rize to Power Showcases are a part of a year round program that brings art to new audiences, support emerging and local artists who are addressing social issues through their work, and creates dialogue around these issues in Salisbury, MD and surrounding areas. Fenix Youth Project is currently accepting donations and partnership proposals.
For more information about Fenix Youth Project Inc.visit our website or to schedule media interviews please email the CoFounder/President, Amber Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) Connect with Fenix Youth Project Inc. on Facebook.