Impact Teens, a youth led nonprofit organization was founded by brothers, Khalil J. Cobb and Ja'Shawn Faire. An onslaught of repeated gun violence, in which teenagers were victims of gun fire, 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 road map 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 were also share 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, an increased pride in one’s self as well as in the community in which one live. Being as such, we have launched the following programs: A Different World College Program, Men on the Move (a male developmental program), Life Talk (sessions that discuss different aspects of life), Impact Teens Media Team, as well as the Backpack Buddies program. To assist in keeping our city clean and vibrant, we enlisted our organization into the Adopt a Highway Program.
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.