The Tavis Smiley Foundation is the premiere leadership training and development program for African American youth.
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
Youth rights. Voter Education. Homelessness. HIV/AIDS. Juvenile Justice. Hate Crimes. Media Influences. Violence in Schools. Peer Pressure. Families. Intolerance. Government Spending. Education. Politics. Leadership.
If there's an issue that impacts the success of a young person, we're concerned about it. More importantly we want to provide opportunities for young people who are concerned about these issues to be active participants in solving problems as the mantle of leadership is passed from one generation to the next.
We want Martin Luther King, Jr. to meet Malcolm X at 13 and Ida B. Wells to meet Harriet Tubman at age 15.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that preparation is the key to success and that opportunity and vision are essential to create visionary leaders.
We also believe that every child has a talent which can be used to improve their community and our country in a real and meaningful way.
Our goal is to serve as a powerful positive force in young lives to counter the negatives in media and our society as a whole and provide an infrastructure that allows youth to voice their concerns and actively engage meaningful civic participation.
The future of America depends on the cultivation of the next generation and a national network of young leaders is an essential force to enlighten, encourage and empower communities and affect social change.
“Our youth are like Kodak film. All they need is a little exposure.” Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley Foundation
4434 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043