How often do you hear the positive things that the youth are doing? As a society, we are oftentimes plagued with the negatives of life. We repeatedly hear stories about violence, hatred, disagreements, etc. Which brings me to my next point, how often do we try to turn the negatives into positives? In 2011, turning the negatives into positives is exactly what my best friend and I set out to do with Touch the Base, Inc. Our story is below:
Touch the Base, Inc. started as a simple idea to reduce violence and recklessness in the DMV area. After hearing about another incident of violence involving the youth, I wanted to make a difference. I told Chanel about my desire to start something that would motivate the youth to make better decisions. She was instantly on board and shared that that was her desire as well. However, whereas I wanted to take my time with it…be a mentor and encourage others to do the same…she wanted to start a nonprofit right away. Only being sophomores in college, I thought it would be better to wait post-graduation to start an official business.
We disagreed on the steps to Touch the Base, Inc. for about a week. Touch the Base, Inc. was an official nonprofit a couple months after our first talk…guess we see who won that debate. God has been working it out for us every step of the way since that conversation. He opened the doors enabling us to see our vision slowly grow into fruition.
Touch the Base is derived from the childhood game of hide-and-seek. In the game, you were only safe if you were touching the base. Likewise, we wanted to create an environment where the youth could feel safe in all aspects of the word…free from danger and free to express oneself.
Chanel Tate (President) and Kandes Carter (Vice President) are two God-fearing best friends and business partners from the DMV area. We met in high school (Eleanor Roosevelt) and became best friends during our senior year.
We are currently finishing our senior year as Communication students. Chanel attends Bowie State University and I attend Temple University.
We’re total opposites joined together by our sense of humor and loyalty to each other. Her strengths are my weaknesses and her weaknesses are my strengths.
Touch the Base, Inc. helps motivate high school girls to make smart/wise decisions that will reflect positively on their future. We are currently servicing as a character-based nonprofit that promotes self-empowerment. We try to map out the right direction for each girl and push her in that direction, it’s up to her to do the rest of the work.
We do this by hosting four programs in the summer, with topics ranging from academics to sex. We want to reach all aspects of life in high school, from being a student to being a daughter to just being a person.
The best part about Touch the Base, Inc. is that we’re college students. We are more relatable because we were just in the high school students’ shoes; we graduated high school not too long ago.
All Touch the Base, Inc. staff have different personalities and different high school/college experiences, which reflects in our programs and advice.
· Become a full service mentorship program (extending throughout the school year)
· Recruit more staff (marketing, mentors, planners, etc.)
· Open Touch the Base, Inc. to high school boys
· MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT
-Donate money to Touch the Base, Inc.
-Donate your services such as legal, accounting, marketing, etc.
-Encourage youth to apply!What’s more? We’re here to help adults too.
Ever struggle with keeping up with the youth’s vernacular? Let Chanel help you.