R3 Illinois STEAM Youth Programs

R3 Illinois Program Grant launches NDICA STEAM Youth Programs

NDICA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create an ethical and equitable cannabis industry to reduce barriers contributing to the lack of representation of those most impacted by the War on Drugs, including people of color and other marginalized community members.

NDICA is honored to be an awardee of the Illinois R3 cannabis community reinvestment grant. We look forward to expanding our work in Chicago’s communities impacted by the War on Drugs. With these funds, we are able to provide expungement clinics, job resource fairs and provide youth development programs across Illinois. 

Below is a list of all forthcoming events organized by NDICA & its Community Partners: 

Arts Program

  • Youth Filmmaking Mentoring Program with Brian Hooks  launching in partnership with Left of Bang Entertainment. Program participants are taught the basics of independent filmmaking, from pre-production, production, and post-production. Every session will have a special guest “celebrity” mentor that will come online and speak with the participants. 
    • Open Enrollment
    • Where: Online
    • Registration Link: https://bit.ly/youthfilmmaking
    • Left of Bang Entertainment was founded by Brian Hook. Briand is an actor, producer, writer, director, and stand-up comedian with over 25+ years in the entertainment industry. 

Technology Program

  • NextGen: STEAM Youth Mentorship Program is focused on youth development & education in the STEAM fields.  STEAM fields are the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Enrollment now open for ages 14 to 18. Students will initially meet with a Mentor to determine the student’s current knowledge is of STEAM, the student’s goals, and to access what the student needs to succeed in the program.
    • When: **Classes begin 1st Tuesday of October. Open Enrollment
    • Where: Both online + in-person options.
    • Registration Link: https://bit.ly/nextgensteam 
    • The STEAM Mentorship Program will be lead by Thurston Alex Daniels whom holds degrees in Finance, Information Technology and Project Management. Thurston has over a decade of consulting experience, with experience working on Wall Street with an international investment bank. He has assisted multiple celebrities and media companies with branding, web development and the marketing of their companies as a consultant.

About NDICA

NDICA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create an ethical and equitable cannabis industry to reduce barriers contributing to the lack of representation of those most impacted by the War on Drugs, including people of color and other marginalized community members.

Local Chapter locations include Los Angeles, Fresno, Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Columbus. NDICA offers several essential programs, including Community Outreach, Education, Internships, Social Equity Programs, Vocational Training, and Youth Empowerment and Educational Programs. If you’d like to know more about the programs, visit www.thendica.org or via email at info@thendica.org