Totally Positive Productions

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 7157 S. Princeton Chicago IL 60621 USA

Mission: The mission of Totally Positive Productions (TPP) fulfills the need of providing positive “off the street” activities for youths and young adults as a deterrent to drug and gang involvement.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Totally Positive Productions is an excellent organization. They are there to help the disadvantaged youth. They provided youths in low economic neighborhoods with positive off the streets activities. They provide a place for youths to express their talents in a positive outlet. They conduct talent competitions, spoken-word competitions, essay and presentation contest. The youths that are connected with Totally Positive Productions were able to attend free cultural enrichment trips to Medieval Times, Great America, the Goodman Theatre and many more. Totally Positive Productions is an excellent organization that is out to help the youths reach their full potential in what ever they want to achieve in life.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Totally Positive Productions is one of the top organizations in the Englewood Community.We try to reach out to the young as well as the old to get some feed-back on what we can do to better the communities.I feel that if you are looking for a organization that have a lot of experience on understanding,teaching and listening to the teens as well as the young adults, then we are the place to be.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Totally Positive Productions (TPP) has impacted the lives of youth and young adults from ages 8 to 25 years with several programs such as the Community Outreach Program. TPP did an excellent job in using the youth to meet and greet the public and explain the programs TPP has to offer. Also, TPP conducted a Service Learning Project that ended with an Essay and Presentation Competition which youth and young adult received cash prizes for their efforts.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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8 people found this review helpful

TAJ JONES, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TOTALLY POSITIVE PRODUCTIONS, HAS A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH YOUTH IN CHICAGO, AND PARTICULARLY THE ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY. HE HAS TAUGHT THEM TO USE RAP MUSIC AND ART TO BRING FORTH POSITIVE, EDUCATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGES. ADDITIONALLY, MANY YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES' LIVES HAVE BEEN ENRICHED BY THE MANY FIELD TRIPS AND OUTINGS SPONSORED BY TOTALLY PRODUCTIONS TO CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SITES. I KNOW THAT MANY YOUTH AND PARENTS HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY TOTALLY POSITIVE PRODUCTIONS' CRIME PREVENTION WORKSHOPS. I AM POSITIVE THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS DETERRED MANY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ENGAGING IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results of this organization in the positive attitudes of the youth involved in the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I ran this organization, I would follow most of the procedures and guidelines set forth by the executive to provide meaningful activities for youth and their parents.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is the enthusiasm and determination of its executive director to plan positive programs, social and recreational activities to keep youth actively involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kind of staff and volunteers that I met possessed the skills and experience in working with youth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could build a youth center staffed with experienced, educated, people with a passion for working with youth, and recruit and work with many, more children and y could reach many more youth in the Chicago.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if we had 100% parental involvement.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization is the lack of funds and 100% parental support and involvement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One thing I'd also say is that we need more programs like Totally Positive Productions, an organization where the focus is not just to criticize and complain about negative rap art and music, but to offer solutions and ways to make both more positive.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The vision of Taj Jones in creating Totally Positive Productions has transformed how youth approach performance art and the messages they send. Creating events and contests that encourage positive messages to youth, and even creating an entirely new genre of music with Positive Rap, Taj is truly on the right path in today's world of mixed messages. I have nothing but positive things to say about Taj's enthusiasm, commitment and courage to take on this monumental task, and I applaud his work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping teenage youth excel in writing positive messages in both speeches, songs and performance art.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more to get the word out and to use media more regularly to showcase the work being done.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Taj's infectious enthusiasm and zeal for his role in shaping kids' lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very positive, of course!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Completely redefine Rap music and create a whole new genre of music with positive messages for youth and adults alike. It's Rap with a feel good message and it works.

Ways to make it better...

More people knew what Taj and Totally Positive Productions was doing within the community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continuing financing the every day expenses that these smaller organizations face.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You have to meet Taj to really get it!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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