Giving Compass, an organization that provides resources and guidance to individuals looking to make a greater impact with their giving, featured The Possibility Project on their website. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“Drama Serves As Inspiration
President Paul Griffin, an actor by training, founded the organization 23 years ago when he was living in Washington, D.C., and disheartened by the situation he saw around him.
“At the time, kids were dying at an incredibly high rate [from crime] and nobody was doing anything about it,” he says. “I thought, well, if this problem’s going to get solved, young people will have to take the lead.”
The operation moved up Interstate-95 to NYC and now includes four programs, two open to all young people, one for those in foster care and one for those in the criminal justice system. Recruitment, says Griffin, is done through “hundreds of partnerships” with various city agencies and community organizations. And also word of mouth.
That’s how Maria Jimenez came upon the project. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, Jimenez was interested in acting and heard about TPP through a friend when she was in her sophomore year of high school. “I thought it was just a program about singing, acting and dancing, but soon realized that it was something more than that,” she says. “It was life changing”…” Click here to read more.