Garrell Woods

Project: Young, Gifted & Black (YGB)
Program: Youth Challenge — "How can we empower youth in Chattanooga to create safer communities?"

Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) creates artistic opportunities for talented, black youth, ages 14-25. Youth are given an opportunity to learn the foundations of acting, music and dance from qualified instructors. Together they design and produce a public performance. Through profit-sharing, youth performers are compensated, both to create a source of income, and to open their eyes to the possibility of a future where they can make money doing something positive. As they grow, YGB would like to have a full production company made for the youth, by the youth, that creates jobs by producing high-quality shows.


The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change, with grassroots funding and hands-on coaching.