19 episodes

SpeakVolumes is a project of theblueprint.org where we celebrate the journey and stories of social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities. Hosted by bluePrint co-founder Hanna Gebremedhin, SpeakVolumes explores how childhoods make livelihoods while confronting the realities of racism, institutional wealth, and social injustice.

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    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

SpeakVolumes is a project of theblueprint.org where we celebrate the journey and stories of social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities. Hosted by bluePrint co-founder Hanna Gebremedhin, SpeakVolumes explores how childhoods make livelihoods while confronting the realities of racism, institutional wealth, and social injustice.

    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 1: Blood

    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 1: Blood

    In another addition of SpeakVolumes: Corona Chronicles, Hanna G sits down with Marty Medina the founder of Why Not Care, a service non-profit that looks to take care of the unmet needs of people in his childhood neighborhood of the Lower East Side in New York City. Marty knows poverty and reflects that he was an outsider, looking in at his life, where his art, not his words was his way to cope. In this animated convo, Marty gets right into it..talking about his multi-cultural heritage, and how the mix of gangs and politics, stints as a “brown boy”in Buffalo and Staten Island, life in the Smith House projects, traveling by skateboard, and exposure to multiple AIDS related tragedies inspired him to find his purpose.

    • 25 min
    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 2: Sweat

    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 2: Sweat

    In this second episode of our conversation with Marty Medina, the inspiration behind the NYC based non-profit, Why Not Care, Hanna and Marty reflect on tough love, tee shirt art, the power of faith and positivity, and how the tragedies that can lead us to ask God, “Why Me?” can also lead us to be called: “Why Not Me?” Marty shares his journey from working in the mailroom of the community center to discovering his gifts in graphic design to finding a vision for giving back to his people. What started as one care package turned into a running multi-purpose community events to inspire learning, plug into resources and win free haircuts!

    • 36 min
    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 3: Tears

    Marty Medina & Why Not Care? - Part 3: Tears

    In this final episode of Corona Chronicles with Marty Medina and Why Not Care, Hanna G plumbs the challenges of running community events in an era of COVID-19. Creating care packages for students, homeless, hungry families and essential workers, Marty shares how he has built a coalition of the willing spanning from Puerto Rico to the Bronx, bringing corporates, rappers and DJs, caretakers, educators and churches together. From serve first! To finding the resources that are available to you, Marty shares indispensable counsel... “be like water”….formless but all powerful and vital.

    • 19 min
    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 1: Blood

    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 1: Blood

    In this first episode of our Corona Chronicles, the effervescent Alvin Irby, founder and Chief Reading Inspirer of Barbershop Books joins us to talk about his journey from winning crocheting championships as a young black man in Little Rock, Arkansas, to watching PBS, to running one of the most innovative non-profits in the country attacking childhood literacy. An educator, social entrepreneur and comedian; with humor and grace Alvin poses and answers the questions: “what would happen if I tried my hardest?”

    • 20 min
    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 2: Sweat

    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 2: Sweat

    In this episode of SpeakVolumes:  the Corona Chronicles, our conversation with the irrepressible Alvin Irby, the founder and social entrepreneur behind Barbershop Books, turns to the particular challenges of inspiring a love of reading among black boys. A colorful and gifted storyteller, Alvin shares with us the concept of “childhood reading trauma” and the unique importance of barbers as role models in today’s urban setting. See why Alvin believes that by creating safe spaces for children to read, he is planting the seeds for true cultural and community change.

    • 22 min
    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 3: Tears

    Alvin Irby & Barbershop Books, Part 3: Tears

    In this final installment of SpeakVolumes: Corona Chronicles, the effervescent Alvin Irby, founder and Chief Reading Inspirer of Barbershop Books, sits with Hanna G and gets serious about the unique challenges that the Coronavirus lockdown has posed to kids. From the failures of remote learning, the lack of access to resources, especially books and the overall environment of doom and fear, the pair tackle how we might live in the “New Normal” acknowledging for many of us, “its ok to not be okay”.t?”

    • 17 min

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