- Social Innovation Fellowship
This past summer I founded a nonprofit organization called Beat the Streets Providence. Our mission is to establish a wrestling team in every school in Providence and in doing so to create a positive after school environment that can begin to address the needs of Providence youth. Most public middle schools in Providence have no school-sponsored team sports, a sad reality that BTSP recognizes as a wasted opportunity for the development of a thriving afterschool community. In establishing wrestling programs we hope to provide students with a positive alternative community to the streets—a community founded on hard work, discipline, self-worth, teamwork, and camaraderie that productively nurtures the competitive spirit in a rule-bound environment.We see these programs as a crucial part of the creation of a larger community that leaves no one without access to the opportunities to explore and realize their potential, both inside and outside the classroom. In doing so we believe that we can ensure no student is left behind, that all students graduate, and all students can find their pathway to success. This summer I will work to establish a summer camp for Providence youth which combines wrestling and continued learning, while at the same time preparing to expand into three more schools in the coming year.