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3rd EyE Youth Empowerment

3rd EyE was founded in 1998 by three New Bedford youth looking to do something positive and creative in their community. 20+ years later, the driving force of this all-volunteer organization continues to be youth and young adults who are interested in developing skills in leadership and community building. Opportunities include experience in music and video production, mentoring, networking, organizing, event planning, and community outreach.

Mission

3rd Eye Youth Empowerment engages, unites, and activates the community through hip hop culture and mentorship to become transformative leaders.  

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Programs

3rd EyE Youth Empowerment provides a rolling opportunity for older youth and

young adults (15-24) to develop leadership skills via the creation and development of community events and programs.   Events and programs include: 

The 3rd EyE Open: An annual hiphop festival which takes place in downtown New Bedford and includes 3 stages of live music, a kids' carnival, dance exhibitions and battles, street art creation, a basketball tournament and a variety of community programmers.

3rd EyE Pride & Your New Bedford: Showcases celebrating creativity and community.  Happening between February and November, these virtual and IRL events feature music and dance performances, live art, micro-workshops, community conversations, hands-on activities and more.  

Hip-Hop Pop-Ups & Dance Jams: Mini versions of the Open that happen at community centers (e.g. Dennison Memorial and the Boys and Girls Club), parks, beaches and community events (e.g. AHA!, Hatch Street Open Studios, Reggae on West Beach).

Doodles Creative Sessions: Currently offering 'Creative chaos' pop-up events and the Colorful Yoga series for 5-11 year olds.

 

The Communal Space: A diverse BIPOC-led cultivator of arts and community that includes meeting/event space, a BIPOC and STEAM focused library, and an art gallery.  The mission of the Space is to promote spatial justice, bridge the cultural and economic gap between marginalized communities and the art/business sector and generate creative and economic equity.  

Coming in 2022:

  • W.O.A.H. Workshops: empowerment through writing

  • Speak Unity Into the Community: a series of spoken word events

  • Kidz B.O.P.: a monthly basics of panting series for kids 4+

  • Youth Leadership Academy: a 10 week program for youth ages 12-15 that includes team building, skill building, field trips and workshops and culminates in a youth-produced community event

Additional Info

Executive Director: 3rd EyE is an all volunteer run organization

Address: 246 Union Street, NB 02740

Website: 3rdeyeunlimited.org

Email Address: info@3rdEyEunlimited.org

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