The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation awarded its monthly $1,000 mini-grant to the Learnt Ones Foundation on January 7, 2018 to fund an all-male drama and step dance team in Ypsilanti.
The Learnt Ones Foundation, an organization promoting the moral and spiritual edification of young men in urban environments, will sponsor an auxiliary step and drama group named T.H.E. C.R.E.A.M. This auxiliary group will target at-risk males in the Ypsilanti community and empower them to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Participants will perform at various events throughout their community, in the hope that other young men will be inspired to join the group. Awesome Foundation funds will go towards the purchase of team uniforms and shoes.
Through collaborative programming with schools and other community-based organizations, the Learnt Ones Foundation also provides educational, social, and mentoring opportunities to enhance academic performance, community connections, and career options for young men ages 8 to 17. The Learnt Ones was founded by Ypsilanti resident Tru Ajani, a public speaker, author, and minister dedicated to improving the lives of young men in his community.
The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is the Ann Arbor chapter of the Boston-based micro-philanthropic organization known as the Awesome Foundation. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of the pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.