Together, we must create a more equitable and safe community for all children.
In light of the many children lost to youth violence, the Des Moines community faces a necessary and long-overdue reckoning. Increasing instances of community youth violence coincide with decreasing engagement in student academics and extracurricular activities. Recent data on academic, professional, and social youth landscapes in the Greater Des Moines Area indicate our mission is far from finished. As we embrace 2023 and our 9th year as an organization, two words come to mind: Keep going.
For nearly a decade, Pi515 has been a catalyst for youth empowerment in the Greater Des Moines Area, driven by our mission to equip children with skills and resources critical to their personal success. Most importantly, we generate positive change in the educational and professional journeys of hundreds of young individuals. Through program engagement, shared collaboration, youth leadership, and intentional mentorship, we’ve witnessed each and every one of our students learn, grow, and achieve success. As a community, we must continue supporting youth and helping them realize their potential.
At this moment in time, we as Iowans, Des Moines residents, and members of individual communities have the opportunity to come together and facilitate meaningful change in the lives of this city’s children. Everyday, we see the potential these children hold. We see how positive their futures can be. With intentional support, structure, and positive role models, we can help them realize this, as well. As an organization based in the community, your support is imperative to elevate and empower children to recognize the impact they hold on the lives of others.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of those who share our mission to empower and uplift youth in our community. Your contributions, whether in the form of donations, volunteering, or sharing our work, make a real and tangible difference in the lives of young people. We invite you to take an active role in supporting youth by:
We can not do this without our community. We can not do this without you.
Together, we can create a more equitable and safe community for all children.
By working together, Pi515 and Microsoft TechSpark aim to bridge this gap and ensure that more students are equipped with the necessary skills for success for the future of work. Through collaborative efforts, Pi515 seeks to create educational opportunities, provide mentorship, and foster a stronger connection between industry and students
Pi515's "Day of Innovation" taught six important lessons: passion fuels entrepreneurship, leaving the echo chamber is necessary, great mentorship is key, diversity drives innovation, youth notice problems and the future is bright.