Aaron Sutherland
The Urban Initiative

The Urban Initiative will be a string of Community Centers spread across Chicago’s low income, estranged, and adverse areas. By providing resources that these communities don’t have, The Urban Initiative Community Centers will unify the city by bringing communities together and giving the youth a safe space to grow and develop.

The Urban Initiative which is a series of community centers that would be placed all around Chicago’s low income, impoverished, and adverse areas. The idea behind this is to give these areas all access to resources such as wifi, art, clothing, sports, food, and safe spaces for youth in these neighborhoods. The goal is to slowly unite Chicago through benefiting these areas while modernizing community centers through the implication of an app linked to the community centers. The app would be used for things like finding community events, information relevant to the community and neighborhood, learning about the history of the neighborhood, volunteering for events or fundraisers, reservation of rooms or areas in the center for parties or other events, and etc. The implication of the app would allow many people to learn about the Urban Initiative on their own time. Things like a series of branded clothes/winter gear that will be given out to those in need. Sequences of app screens that accomplish the goal pushing community centers into a more modern setting. A series of mockups will be used as advertisements that would hypothetically be billboards placed around Chicago’s lower income areas to encourage those in the area to visit the various locations of The Urban Initiative Community Centers.

Aaron Sutherland
I’m Aaron Sutherland and I’m a Chicago native born and raised on the South Side of the city, a place that many who live here and many who don’t consider to be the worst part of the city. Growing up I witnessed a lot of things like crime, drug abuse, poverty and other things that aren’t healthy for a child to see and live or be around. Sadly, there are many kids who grew up like me and are currently facing those living conditions and have no real help or a safe space. Here’s where my project The Urban Initiative comes in. The Urban Initiative would be a string of community centers placed in these rough neighborhoods to provide the community it’s in with resources it needs to bring the people living there together. What I have made is the corresponding app of these community centers along with advertisements and branded gear for the centers.

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