White Plain Youth Project

Lawrence developed a unique educational initiative specifically designed for nearly thirty at-risk urban youth in White Plains, NY. The approach incorporated traditional and non-traditional pedagogical models, including cultural synchronicity, portfolio development, spoken word/hip hop curriculums. Through the support of various community organizations, county officials, and the school board, Lawrence was able to provide these students an opportunity to learn through service and direct engagement. The overall goal of this initiative was to facilitate students’ successful transition to higher education, develop their sociopolitical awareness, and introduce and train them in concepts of community activism.