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HISTORYIn 2000, a childhood friend of Barnabas Uba Shakur was accused and found guilty of a crime. Only 19 at the time of his arrest and a member of a notorious street gang called the Bloods, he was given a life sentence. Upon his friend's conviction, Barnabas was devastated and decided to create change. In 2001, he founded PR-G to help teens from his "hood."
PR-G catapulted in 2005 with seed funding and technical assistance from the New York Foundation, Union Square Awards, and the Independence Community Foundation. Since then, PR-G’s services have rapidly become recognized as a model youth service organizations in Bed-Stuy.
Through our programs, PR-G has served more than 500 teenagers, acquired Foot Soldier memberships from more than 300 property owners, and reached over 3,000 Brooklyn residents through community give back programs. PR-G and its leadership have been spotlighted in a variety of News broadcasts and publications including, but not limited to: Pix11, NY1, BCAT, NY Times, Daily News, AMNY, Brooklyn USA, Commerce News, Our Time Press, Volvo, and Daily Challenge. Since PR-G’s inception, it’s program model and staff has been recognized by major organizations including: Andrew Goodman’s Foundation – Hidden Hero of the Year (2012); Toyota 100 Cars for Good Finalist (2011); CNN Hero of the week Nominee (2010); Independence Community Foundation Do Gooder Award Finalist (2010); New Yorker of the Week (2009) – NY1; Nonprofiteer of the Year (2009) – Young Nonprofits Professionals Network (YNPN); NYC Mayor and Snapple’s “Best People in NYC” award (2008); “For Outstanding Commitment to Entrepreneurship” – Emerging Business Leaders’ Summit (2007); Union Square Awardee (2006); “National Social Entrepreneur of the Year” – Oppenheimer Fund - (2005); “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” – National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) (2004); Citizen's Committee and Fleet Bank’s “Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award” (2003); and “National Student Entrepreneur of the Year” and National Business Plan Competition Champion 1st place (2002) – US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.
PR-G receives several sources of revenue:
NY Knicks Poetry Program:
Community Pride Day: A service project created by PR-G's Foot Soldiers in 2003 which culminated ; they have been required to plan and implement it ever since. CPD is an annual day of fun, games and entertainment for the entire Bedford Stuyvesant community. CPD has a threefold mission of inspiring community pride through fun activities, connecting youth to local youth programs and giving local business owners a venue to market and give away their products and services to the community. There have been over 3,000 neighborhood residents in attendance since CPD's inception.
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