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Reconnect


An initiative of the Vernon Ave. Project,
a 501c(3) non-profit organization

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Reconnect


An initiative of the Vernon Ave. Project,
a 501c(3) non-profit organization

 

Bedford-Stuyvesant Is:

A place of historic struggle and good.

A place where 33% of residents live in poverty
and 48% of children live under the poverty line.

A place that is home to thousands of disconnected youth, representing a quiet crisis that promises continued, significant social consequences

Watch the video to learn more about Reconnect.

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The Plan


A dash of entrepreneurship,
A sprinkle of hope.

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The Plan


A dash of entrepreneurship,
A sprinkle of hope.

Project Reconnect

began on a violence-drenched corner of Bed-Stuy with the goal of creating an entry level economy for young men looking to change the course of their lives. Our mission is to offer employment that leads to renewed engagement of education, training and commitment to community leadership and service.

 

We're proposing a radical and realizable vision. 

One that seeks to develop a working and merchant class among the young adults of the community by creating a desperately needed retail district and partnering with existing employers as local youth employers.  

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5/5/50/500


This is our goal in numbers.

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5/5/50/500


This is our goal in numbers.

In the next 5 years,

We will build and grow 5 new businesses,

Partner with 50 existing businesses in the area,

And engage 500 young people.

 

Many of them will be working for the very first time.

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See how far we've come


And how far we'll go.

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See how far we've come


And how far we'll go.

Visit our first café. 

In our first step to transform the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, we've launched our flagship cafe (and bakery too!) employing Bed-Stuy's next generation of entrepreneurs, dreamers and thinkers.


See you soon!

 

We believe in this revolutionary model for growth and economic development.

And we'd love it if you came to our shop to see the awesome work we're doing. But if you really can't make it there, believe in our vision, and want to help us out...

Donate to the Reconnect Fund