Generally, young people succeed when they grow up in families that teach them how to be successful. Through education and opportunity, people are nurtured into an environment of success.
What if, for those of us who aren’t born this lucky, we re-created this environment for them?
That’s why we founded Project Astra— after the famous Ancient Roman saying, Per aspera ad astra— “ through adversity to the stars.”
To redirect 15% of the $350 Billion we already spend on infrastructure every year to the 15% of American communities and people whom still live in poverty.
15 for the 15
To transform our poorest communities, we must rebuild and improve their infrastructure. This in turn will create career and life changing opportunities for those who live in these communities.
Rebuilding infrastructure is just the start. We must also focus on creating long-term economic viability. This can be achieved by offering businesses incentives to operate in these cities and by providing local residents with opportunities for affordable housing or a pathway to home-ownership.
A self-sustaining community is one that affords its members the opportunity to build enough margin to allow for discretionary income. Tax incentives will turn borrowers into savers and investors, while allowing businesses to create jobs and further contribute to the local economy.
To truly understand the value of any effort, it needs to be measured. An overarching vision for Project Astra that spans all three pillars is measuring the economic impact of these initiatives. Since Project Astra is a program that looks beyond just the short term and focuses more on continued economic success, measures need to be set in place to gauge all economic output – from the number of jobs created to the number of new businesses that open in these communities.
How you’re Making an Impact: Project Astra by The Numbers
Foster Care Children Who “Age Out” of the System Each Year and Become Homeless
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Who Live in Poverty Each Year
Military Veterans Who Are Homeless on Any Given Night
Families with Children Living in the Streets on Any Given Night
Update on our Progress
Production of a short film showcasing the impact Project Astra can have on a life - based on true events of a foster care boy’s transition into a construction career - to be completed May 2019.
Continued discussion about applying for U.S. Department of Labor funds designated for tracking the pathways that transition individuals who are exiting the justice system and facilitate reentry into the workforce.