2019 UPDAYTON PROJECT INCUBATOR COHORT
There are many ways for you to volunteer your time, talent, skills and energy to make these projects a reality. Complete this form for ways to get involved and someone will reach out to start making things happen! Please note that checking a box expresses interest without obligation.
BALDWIN CAFE - SUMMIT WINNER
Baldwin Cafe serves the community in a holistic way as a third space between, work school and home. The black-owned bookstore will be a common meeting place with new and used books, African American Literature, and a cafe with tea, vegan and vegetarian options. The one-year project goal is to open a trial space at McKinley United Methodist Church while building a business plan to sustain a storefront long-term.
PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE - SUMMIT WINNER
Participatory Defense is an existing community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Trained volunteers and facilitators give participants a deeper understanding of the justice process, what is expected from them at each stage, and assist them in preparing for meetings with their attorney, court dates, and other steps of the process. The one-year project goal is to launch the first chapter in Ohio by partnering with the community to train volunteers and sustain operations through strategic partnerships.
GEM CITY SOBERBAR
Social and even business activities often revolve around alcohol. Gem City SoberBar is a welcoming and safe environment for those in recovery and an alternative option for the Dayton community to come together. Enjoy a series of pop-up sober bar events including mocktails and music with the long-term goal of a permanent location and a variety of programmed activities.
FEMME AID COLLABORATIVE
Femme Aid Collaborative provides monthly menstrual hygiene products to those in need in our community. Period poverty isn’t just Femme Aid Collaborative’s problem to solve, it’s our communities. The Ambassador Program enables everyone to get involved in the mission to end period poverty in our community. Our goal is to recruit and train 10 Ambassadors to extend our reach and continue to remain 100% charitable.
THE CLIMATE SCIENCE ROADSHOW
The Climate Science Roadshow presents hands-on, feet-on, participatory community events, where non-scientists, creative and kinesthetic learners gain a fuller understanding of the key concepts of climate science. With this knowledge they'll be able to identify and support positive solutions while playing a vital role in accomplishing the great work to be done.
Helping Young People Escape Drugs uses skateboarding as a community building and educational tool to foster dialogue about the problem of opioids in our communities. We teach young people to skate as a method of drug prevention and help existing skaters share their stories. We connect with young people across school districts in the Miami Valley with peers and mentors through after school and weekend skate programs. We are building a healthier future for our youth.
Wear clothing ‘Grown + Made in Dayton’. Dayton Fibershed brings together farmers and artisans to make textiles and clothing using local fiber, local dyes, and local labor. This project will form a clothing design co-operative and build a fiber mill in Dayton.
GROUP CHAT TV
A safe place to exchange perspectives and healthy dialogue around various social issues and dynamics is imperative to building strong communities. The GroupChatTV is a millennial, urban talk show creating a platform for young adults. This online web show gives a voice to young people, breaks down the barriers that separate us and creates awareness of resources contributing to the betterment of society.