ONE Lexington initiatives

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Be The Change College Scholarship Competition

ONE Lexington and Galls, LLC are proud to present the Be the Change' College Scholarship Competition. An opportunity for a rising Bryan Station High School senior of color who is committed to attending a Kentucky college or university in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or related field (police studies, social justice studies, pre-law, forensic science, emergency medical care, fire protection, homeland security and more) to be awarded a $20,000 scholarship!

The scholarship will provide a maximum of $20,000 for a single academic year. The award is based on academic merit and achievements, such as leadership, excellence in arts or sports and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. The scholarship may be renewed annually for up to four years depending on the recipient's continued pursuit of the required degree path, academic record and community service.

Deadline: Applications will open in November 2022. 

We Are One poem program 2021

In collaboration with Oneness Clothing Boutique, the We Are ONE Anti-Violence Essay & Poem Contest was held in September 2021 for students at Lexington Traditional Magnet School. Students, in conjunction with their English classes, had the opportunity to win top-notch streetwear and tennis shoes by completing an anti-violence essay, poem or rap. Students also had the opportunity to read their writings on air with Jay Alexander on 107.9 The Beat. The goal was to get young people to discuss the issues that are impacting them and find platforms to amplify those voices in hopes of inspiring positive change in their community.

Black Men of Lexington United

In October 2021, ONE Lexington challenged 100 Black men in Lexington to show up to film a public service announcement about standing in solidarity against youth gun violence. Now that we have many men connected and wanting to be a part of the solution, we want to take advantage of that and turn it into action. In November 2021, ONE Lexington brought together different community partners together to host a Black Men United Youth Engagement Opportunity Fair. Each man in attendance received a copy of a newsletter listing the different organizations they can be a part of and how their volunteering could make a difference in areas like victims' advocacy, youth engagement, re-entry, mentoring, intervention, conflict resolution and fatherhood support.