Roy Castro is the co-chair of Strive, a non-profit based in Harlem that helps the underserved and formerly incarcerated lift themselves out of poverty through living-wage employment, aiming to shatter the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Roy Castro, Strive, Gotham Gives
Gotham Gives Podcast, Fred and Me
In honor of our one-year anniversary, Fred and I sat down with our ED, Jennifer Klopp, to reflect on where we started, where we are, and where we hope to be in the future.
If you want to learn more about our work at Gotham Gives, I invite you to watch and listen to this special anniversary podcast episode.
To keep up with Gotham Gives and our mission to empower and inspire ALL New Yorkers, please check out gothamgives.org, Twitter, and Instagram as we begin to share our investments in the future of NYC with podcasts, articles, and information about organizations we are partnering with.
Bill Rauch, Perlman Arts Center
I had the pleasure of talking to Bill Rauch, the Artistic Director of the PAC. We talked about his career and his excitement about the opportunity ahead. Bill’s entire career has been about social responsibility through the arts. All of those dots connect towards the mission of the PAC that is dedicated to cultivating bonds between extraordinary artists and communities
Hood Code, A Podcast with Founder Jason Gibson
I had the utmost pleasure of crossing paths with Jason Gibson. He is a man with a big heart, an entrepreneurial mentality, and a large hardworking family behind him. Growing up in NYCHA, New York City’s Housing Authority buildings, at thirteen, he began to do what every other kid his age does. Hang out with their friends, try to act like an adult or an idiot, get stoned in places you shouldn’t be. If you live in lily-white neighborhoods, you get in trouble, but you don’t get arrested and begin a record. The only happens in places like NYCHA and underserved communities. That record has now screwed you at age 13.
Jason spent forty-five months in jail for his small-time drug empire. He was never going back to prison. He educated himself, read countless books, got a legal degree, and vowed to make sure other kids growing up in NYCHA get access to opportunities he never had.
He started Hood Code. He is building a non-profit company, a brand, a community, a website, and a new way of life by teaching kids how to code. Jason understands that access to understand and build technology is number one. His program is built on top of Scratch. He knows his audience and how to make sure the kids keep coming back.
The podcast is a worthy listen. Hearing Jason’s story is powerful. The team will launch a YouTube channel for Gotham Gives, and I hope to do a podcast once a month with other organizations that are truly making a change.