Our mission is to empower the whole person by integrating academic support, arts, mindfulness, and mental health in high-need communities. With almost 50 years of experience, we help youth and adults with intentional services that support a healthy family ecosystem all aimed at healing, strengthening and breaking the cycles of poverty, violence, depression, incarceration, and recidivism through trauma-informed best practices and frameworks. We partner with a plethora of community businesses and juvenile justice programs to provide after-school programming and summer courses which focus on goal-setting, college preparation, interview skills, job preparation, career exploration, anger management, restorative justice, resilience, leadership, communication skills, empathy, social-emotional wellness, community service and parent empowerment classes. Teens and parents will gain new opportunities to develop positive relationships with peers and staff that will keep them working, in school and being a productive individual contributor to society. We use the power of volunteerism and service learning to meet the evolving needs of the community, education inequity and youth mental health. At-large, we promote positive outcomes among African American, Latinx, and Indigenous male, female, TGI, and gender non-conforming students.
We offer a variety of programs to help our clients get back on their feet, achieve their goals and sustain success. We provide empowerment workshops, called Building Bridges that range from job training, mental health counseling, women empowerment, healing art, goal setting, strategic planning, life skills, soft skills, communication skills, and more. Other courses are tailored to the needs of our clients.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and be REAL MODELS (not just role models) so they can help make a difference in the lives of those we serve, as well as break the cycle of poverty and recidivism.
Accomplished educator, leadership guru, and author Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin is the Founder and CEO of the Why Not Incubator, a non-profit organization designed to support at-risk youth in the most challenging communities. Her journey began when she teamed up with actor, Cheryl Hines who helped her remodel schools in Compton, California. Together, they launched the NBC reality show, School Pride, which helped remodel dilapidating schools around the country with the hands of local community partnerships. Her book The Why Not Challenge: Say Yes to Success with School-Community Partnerships shares her passion and practical take-a-ways for forming lasting community relationships.
Those efforts led to a personal mission of helping youth, educators, leaders, parents and more to sustain success.