'Made in Brownsville' Founder Quardean Lewis-Allen Helps Youth To Unlock Their Genius

'Made in Brownsville' Founder Quardean Lewis-Allen Helps Youth To Unlock Their Genius

by Kevito
2 years ago

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Made In Brownsville is a non-profit youth creative agency founded by Quardean Lewis-Allen to provide access to design and tech to the youth in Brooklyn.

The name Quardean Lewis-Allen has been ringing bells all over Brooklyn for five years and counting. A Brownsville, Brooklyn native, he has created a pipeline of talent from the block to the boardroom. His company, Made in Brownsville, was recently profiled in a piece by BuzzFeed and sponsored by Hyundai, and shared how this creative urban leader aims to utilize design and tech to unlock the genius within his community.

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Made in Brownsville is a recipient of the Neighborhood Challenge Innovation Grant from the City of New York, and has been featured by Fast Company, Al Jazeera, and JPMorgan Chase. The non-profit youth creative agency also won the Good Maker Award in 2016 for exactly what you can see in the video above: spotlighting excellence and believing that the impossible is possible.

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The video aims to show just how Lewis-Allen and his agency are reshaping the vibrations and visions in their native Brownsville, Brooklyn. Utilizing design, technology, and education, young adults living in the area help to contribute to the declining percentages of un- or underemployed working-age adults in Brownsville. Made in Brownsville solves the problem by taking these young adults’ careers to the next level. With a number of contributions made to the community, including urban design projects that transform desolate public areas into useful spaces, Quardean Lewis-Allen said about one project, “Somewhere in this neighborhood, there are 14 kids that can say, ‘I made this.’ I brought this to life.’ That is powerful.

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