Creative Reaction Lab

A nonprofit organization

$7,855 raised by 59 donors

87% complete

$9,000 Goal

From now until Friday, October 16th 12pm ET, Creative Reaction Lab is raising funds for our 

CDAP educates and trains formerly incarcerated and justice system-impacted Black and Latinx youth to become civic leaders in their communities. Through equity-based, anti-racist curriculum and project-based learning, youth challenge a hyperlocal racial and health disparity  (e.g. healthy food access, housing, technology redlining) using a creative problem-solving framework that focuses on history, healing, and dismantling power. Thanks to A Community Thrives' grant competition, organizations that raise $6000 have a chance to win $25k-$100k. 

At Creative Reaction Lab, we’re conscious that racial equity cannot be achieved without health equity. Our organization, for example, is located in St Louis, Missouri, a city where there’s an 18-year life expectancy gap between Black and White residents (Health Equity Works). Even though Black and Latinx communities will make up almost 40% of the United States population by 2050, many of whom are currently youth, these communities face disproportionate racial and health inequities that limit social, economic, and cultural growth. 

That is why our mission is to educate, train, and challenge Black and Latinx youth to become leaders designing healthy and racially equitable communities. We’re challenging the belief that only adults with titles (e.g. mayors, CEOs, etc.) have the power and authority to dismantle systemic racial and health inequities. In addition, we understand that historically-underinvested people cannot resdesign oppressive systems alone. Therefore, we are rallying an intergenerational movement of Redesigners for Justice.              

The 2020 cohort is focusing on healthy food access in the Normandy and Wellston area of St Louis. Next year's 2021 cohort will likely tackle racial and health disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy the testimonial from a 2020 cohort apprentice, Reina Stovall, above.

Thanks so much for supporting Black and Latinx youth leaders in their fight for racial equity! 

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Creative Reaction Lab

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3547 Olive St Suite Mezzanine
St Louis, MO 63103



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