Empowering Young People to Make Their Place: A Case Study of the Marcus Garvey Clubhouse in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Empowering Young People to Make Their Place: A Case Study of the Marcus Garvey Clubhouse in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Actively engaging local youth and empowering them to design and program a community space can foster economic opportunities and enhance perceptions of neighborhood safety, a report from the Urban Institute finds. Supported by ArtPlace America and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the report, Empowering Young People to Make Their Place: A Case Study of the Marcus Garvey Clubhouse in Brownsville, Brooklyn (32 pages, PDF), details how the clubhouse, a project of the Center for Court Innovation's Brownsville Community Justice Center, was created by young people from the neighborhood who designed, built, and programmed it, from assessing the needs of the community to identifying solutions and working together to bring their ideas to fruition. In addition to improving residents' sense of safety, the clubhouse provided a space for neighborhood skills-building, training, and certification efforts. At the same time, inviting young people to lead the charge empowered them to speak up and helped ensure that the project responded to their needs and interests.