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Marcellus Barnes

Project: The UNITY Project
Program: Youth Challenge — "How can we empower youth in Chattanooga to create safer communities?"

The UNITY Project seeks to fill those crucial after-school hours when students typically find trouble because of boredom, working parents, and peer pressure. They realize that since many of our schools no longer have arts educators, students who are not interested in sports do not have an outlet to learn a skill and showcase their talents. The UNITY Project offers high quality voice and music lessons to underserved youth in Orchard Knob, Tyner, and Brainerd who would not otherwise get the chance to explore their talents.


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.