Impact Teens Inc., is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded by brothers, Khalil J. Cobb, and Ja'Shawn Faire. An onslaught of repeated gun violence, in which teenagers were victims of gunfire, is what sparked the desire to take action. The organization was created to fill an underlying need for gang intervention, conflict resolution, leadership development, and interpersonal skills. Unfortunately, we are at a time when African American youth are in peril, being as such it was imperative that we began an initiative aimed at mental and spiritual growth, as well as accountability, so as to develop a roadmap to success.
In the wake of the violence that ripped Wayne County, we planned a City Wide Prayer Vigil, to mourn the loss of the lives taken. The event enlisted the participation of various city officials, news reporters, community leaders, and citizens of Goldsboro for a show of unity. This marked our 1st initiative aimed at promoting unity and taking a stance against violence. The level of support and enthusiasm was great, being as such a City-Wide Peace Walk was scheduled as the 2nd initiative. The walk visited the sites of the slain, at which time we had a moment of silence at which time we offered prayers. Recognitions of their life accomplishments and contributions to our community also shared with those in attendance.
As an organization, we continue to strive to provide various events aimed at bringing awareness to the minds of teens and promote unity. In all, we would love to see better conflict resolution, a stop to bullying, increased pride in one’s self as well as in the community in which one lives. Being as such, we have launched the following programs: A Different World, LeadU Mentoring, Life Talk, Impact Giving (Annual Toy Drive, Food Drive, and Blood Drive), Garments 4 Hope and the Adopt A Highway which allows us to assist in keeping our city clean and vibrant.
Impact Teens strives to continuously provide community updates to citizens within our community which allows us to form strong relationships with government officials. Alongside that, Impact Teens continuously partners with local businesses, nonprofits, and city officials to provide programs for teens in the community to participate in.
Impact Teens Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Impact Teens is legally and ethically responsible for all activities within the organization. The board of Impact Teens helps determine how the organization will carry out its mission through long and short-range planning, and evaluates its performance and overall performance of the organization in achieving the mission.
I love Impact Teens Goldsboro because it’s led by teens for teens. Goldsboro has a bad reputation, and as the next generation, ITG is working hard to make changes. Members of ITG are receiving leadership and people skills, as well as community service experience. I’m eagered to continue making an impact on our city.
- Erica Batts, Goldsboro