2021 Beneficiary: Chess and Community

Child concentrating while playing in a chess matchPlease help Wild Rumpus support the work of Lem “Life” Taylor’s Chess and Community, whose mission is to prepare youth to lead through community engagement and civic empowerment.

Chess and Community Inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing youth to lead through community engagement and civic empowerment. Our work uses chess as a learning modality to help youth manage impulsiveness and develop critical thinking skills.

We prepare youth to lead by focusing on academic enrichment, civic engagement, career and entrepreneurial skills development, and cultural education.

​Chess and Community develops youth to transform community.


Chess and Community 2021 – 2022 Financial Targets

Children playing life size chess board at a Chess and Community Event

Space Renovation: $53,000 | While our work continues to be implemented around Athens, Covid-19 has limited our ability to operate in the public spaces. We are working to secure and renovate a building to grow out our youth development work in a central location.

Part-time position for Program Director: $24,000 | We’re seeing an influx of new students signing up for our program and we do not have the capacity to reach and engage with all the students. A part-time Program Director position can position us to make the necessary adjustments to impact and reach more youth.

10 Students: $10,000 | Allows 10 students to benefit from our programs by engaging in our year-round youth empowerment and enrichment activities.

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