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Marvin Couch

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

Marvin Couch believes that there are many young people that are doing amazing things in the city of Chattanooga that are not being covered by the media. Through this project, he will teach local youth how to publish their own online magazine to showcase the positive achievements of youth in Chattanooga. They will learn concrete skills like interviewing, writing articles, photography, video production, and web design. Their personal motto is “making the positive outshine the negative”. Through sharing positive news, they will inspire local youth to strive to be recognized for something good.  

Through the Causeway Challenge, Marvin worked with Chattanooga's Youth and Family Development Centers to pilot his idea. 


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.