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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Children & Youth, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Youth Development Programs

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.

Target demographics: Youths, Senior Citizens, Disabled, Homeless individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: three youths, over 1000 adults consisting of (Young Adults, Senior Citizens, Homeless and Disabled people).

Geographic areas served: Englewood, Dolton, Bronzeville and Pilsen communities within Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Programs: Youth Training and Employment, Artist Development and Community Outreach.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well this program has helped me in artst development with me singing my songs in music

Evelyn20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TPP has always been and continues to be an organization that has put the survival, education, and success of young people as it's top priority along with Community building. It seeks solutions for all their participants and their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions(TPP) has been a moving force in changing the lives of young people for years in the Englewood and surrounding communities. They have an open door policy for young people. TPP provides the opportunities for young people to use their skills to the betterment of the community; to enhance their interest with skill builders by making learning enjoyable and the young people are willing participants in all activities.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions(TPP), a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization has continued to provide services to young people aged 7 years and above in Chicago, Illinois since it's establishment in 1994.

The organization provides various programs and fun activities to the young people such as After-school/weekend service learning projects, TPP Community Works Crime Prevention Program, Talent Competitions (Spoken Word, Dance, Singing, Positive Rap), Youth Summer Employment and Training Programs among others, all of which are aimed at preventing them from engaging in gang violence by improving their living conditions, strengthening their educational abilities and allowing them to enjoy the recognition of their work.

To date, Totally Positive Productions (TPP) continues to save approximately 500 children and youth from being recruited into gangs, and statistics grow every year. I would recommend partners, donors and organisations willing to support the young people in Chicago to work with TPP.





Advisor

Rating: 5

They are awesome!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization remains visible in the Englewood community. they offer so many activities for our youth. they work with the parents and other community minded citizens to encourage the youth of Englewood to engage in positive play,and social interaction. At their events they are able to include something for everyone. one outdoor activity in the park this summer included face painting for the little ones, "rap"music for the teenagers and gospel, inspirational singing for the not so young. A good time was had by all!! TPP is a great asset to the community and I hope will continue to be visible yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They reach out to the youth in the community by affording them the opportunity, setting, and venue to express themselves in their own way. They project a positive view of life to our young at risk men of color in these wayward streets of inner city Chicago. yet They are also visible to the not so young or more senior persons in our area. They remind them that they are not forgotten and that they are important. What a blessing this organization is. Cudoos to tpp!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Production provides interesting, interactive activities and needs more funds to expand

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Client Served

Rating: 5

(1/2) TPP has a positive affect on young people in the community by providing interesting, interactive activities. TPP needs more funds to improve and expand th

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Happy that Totally Positive Productions (TPP) received a Thank You Letter from Sargent Jeffrey West from the 006th District CAPS Office earlier this year on behalf of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson (Superintendent of Police). TPP distributed bouquets of flowers to the entire police department staff at the 006th District as part of our "Love Your Community Campaign" random Acts of Kindness initiative!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I founded Totally Positive Productions in August of 1993 and since then our organization has impacted many lives of youth and young adults through our programs such as: After-School and Weekend programs, entertainment workshop, free cultural-enrichment trips, youth employment programs, service learning projects and community outreach initiatives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I went on a trip with totally positive productions and when I was on it the trip really inspired me. I loved it

Board Member

Rating: 5

TPP is doing programs that encourages young children and adults to make an impact in their development into society

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TPP organization offers young adults a life-changing chance to become a person of society to make a difference in their life

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are providing a service that is unheard of giving flowers while a person lives is an Amazing thing so many of my friends and families have been Blessed I have a Daycare and this has made their day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are doing well because they are spreading Love in a community that is often overlooked and the negative things are always shown.They make people feel good with this act of kindness some thing lacking in today's society.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TPP is a great nonprofit organizations that have given out over 10,500 bouquets of Flowers as part of their Love Your Community Campaign" random acts of kindness initiative. They also produced a successful Love Your Community Day Event "Safe Summer Kick-Off' in June 2018 at Chicago Park District, Hamilton Park Cultural Center where over 400 youth and adults were in attendance and were fed food as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is certainly showing kids opportunities that lay outside of the community. Giving kids experiences they may not have known about.

Donor

Rating: 5

Tpp is making a big difference in urban chicago , providing effective programs to help influence and inspired a more positive mind set in a very challenging environment. We need more organization like this.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TPP help the neighborhood in many ways they give back by helping the less fortunate.

Board Member

Rating: 3

TPP is a community base organization inspiring youth and some adults to come together in a united front it basically dwells on the major imapact that are youth are experiences on the streets of Chicago, come and join us and learn the different techniques that detour them from the ourageous number of black youth in our jail system

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Have positively impacted thousands of lives this year with free bouquets of flowers and free cultural Enrichment trips to name a few!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit doing good activities for youth and adults!

Momof282

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions is a great and fantastic Non Profit Organization. They care about helping youth and young adults create a brighter future. They have wonderful field trips which are also educational and cultural. It's so important to have this resource for children today because it's so easy to slip through the cracks and these people really care about SUCCESS for the future in our youth. They also do wonderful community events and fundraisers. They've had nothing but positive feedback and comments from those who have been involved in making their events a huge success. They also give tools for the young adults in the working world and also do service workshops. This is a wonderful place to be at!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We participated in TPP's 'Safe Summer Kick-Off' and it was a blast! We're an organization that brings kindness to children in the form of Disney characters and crafts, games, etc. and we've been to many different events... however the hospitality and the generosity of both TPP and Taj Jones was amazing. They asked us prior to the event what we needed, and provided us with everything we could ask for, and more! It was a hot day and we were put in the shade... given both food and water, and were constantly thanked by all of their members for coming. We definitely look forward to planning more events with them! -Spread the Magic, 2018

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to complete 16 hours of Community Service Hours with Totally Positive Productions (TPP) which I needed for court to be in good standings. I learned valued administrative skills while helping TPP in its ongoing mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Mr. Tajudeena Jones,

On behalf of Perspectives Charter Schools, I would like to humbly thank you for your donations (bouquet of flowers). Our staff is happy that you chose us to share these gifts with. We look forward to continuing a growing partnership with Totally Positive Productions (TPP) in the future.

Thank You,
Diana L. Johnson
Paraprofessional & Program Manager

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I Would like to recognize Totally Positive Productions (TPP) for their dedication to enhancing and educating the Englewood Community in such areas as: Violence Reduction, Talent Competitions, Food giveaways, and establishing relationships with various entities that are focused on the uplifting of the Englewood Community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I observed Totally Positive Productions on several occasions engaging the general public in their "Love Your Community Campaign" by distributing over 1200 bouquets of flowers to adults and seniors from various communities and states.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Debra Thompson. May is the month that celebrate "Older American Month". Totally Positive Production provided flowers to the inductee of 99+ Club (seniors 99 and over)
During the event "Exclusively Us Seniors Celebration held on May 20th.

Donor

Rating: 5

TPP helps people in the community with donations and help. Mr. Jones also mentors young people, which is great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working in and with community

Client Served

Rating: 5

giving to the community through beautiful bouquet of flowers has made the impossible ..possible. by brighten our the day. during May ..1. mother day.. 2. American elder month
thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working with the youth. .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

TTT is a total positive conversation they're working with the community and especially our youth which needs some help

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's making a positive impression on young people. It a positive role model.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello My name is Jackie and today Tina's Treasure gave me a dozen of roses for Mother's Day. That was very nice. Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization keep doing good work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

You're doing such a great job, Keep up the work for Totally Positive Prod.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Spreading love I'm various communities

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everything is being done good

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their Beautiful Flowers

Client Served

Rating: 5

Organization brought flowers I appreciate it while i can still smell them

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about this community Program through a family Childcare provider in my neighborhood, She had nothing but great things to say about the program

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was not aware of this organization. However I would like to know more about the program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It was very nice to receive these flowers while on the job. Sometimes you feel like no one appreciates the service you provide and this really helped uplift my day. Thank you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They service the community well with all types of outreach activities and programs with more funds they could do an even greater job

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit delivered free flowers to residents in low-income communities, for Valentines Day! How incredibly thoughtful! Their project proved to be a wonderful & unsuspecting stress reliever for many who are facing hard times.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was served flowers during my time of distress. TPP is doing good in the community by helping others feel better about themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are doing very well they also help the elderly well

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TPP showered me and the community at large with flowers and vases. It helped brighten my day. TPP displayed their compassion to others.

Board Member

Rating: 5

i THINK THEY CAN DO SOME GOOD THINGS BY HELPING PEOPLE

Board Member

Rating: 5

Your program is good because u give people things that they need and u guys should improve by helping children out more.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my opinion ,Non profit is doing and good job and should continue helping out people who need it.for example non profit is giving us good fruit, and vase's. And they really came in handy for me.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I think that non profit can improve because good chances at some good points for example a non profit doing this well sharing the fruits of their labor can improve the chance they'll volunteer again in the future .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the growth of Totally positive productions for close to a year and I can not say enough about the great work that Taj Jones is doing in Englewood. They also put on some dynamic poetry productions.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I've been involved with Totally Positive Productions for several years now. I finally became a member in 2013. Since I began volunteering til now, the organization continues to take steps to improve its outreach to the youth and continuously focuses on its core mission. TPP aims to reach and cultivate as many youth as possible.

1 Michelle106

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions has been a great experience for the youth in Englewood and abroad, it has taught them to be more responsible pre teens, teens and young adulds through the crime provention programs and service learning projects offered. it has taught them communications skills ( reading, writing and speaking) Tpp has also help build self esteem in many youths and young adults. Help build leadership skills and interpersonal skills, helps promote good positive competitions among each other through poetry and poems. Employ youths of employment age. also offer internship in many different areas. Tpp encourages youth to stay in school and teaches how to avoid/resolve conflict through positive role play. I wish there were more programs out here like Tpp, then we would be living in a safer more positive neighborhood. Tpp far exceeds my expectations and i will always support them and have my daughter and her friends participate in the any programs offered through Tpp. Also, Tpp is very resourceful and give high reccommendations when vallet. I really appreciate Tpp. This is my favorite non profit organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions is a wonderful organization to be a part of. The organization that reaches out to the youths and young adults in the Englewood Community and abroad. TPP is educational and productive in employment job opportunity for our youths.

Trishy M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

love working with them very good grest orgsnizstion

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions (TPP) has always kept true to their word in producing postive rap, singing dance and spoken word talent competition. As a matter of fact, TPP has a Spoken Word Talent Competition coming up on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Spoken Word artists has a chance to win one of three prizes (1st - $300, 2nd - $200 and 3rd - $300.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Totally Positive Productions is committed to helping young people stay off the streets and in school with creative arts and community service. I was working with TPP on submitting an anti-violence public service announcement that was created by the young people in the program. It was amazing to hear the passion and experiences of inner city teens. The organization is also committed to countering negative stereotypes of African Americans created by rap music by creating positive rap. This is a not only an expression of creativity; it's expresses their emotions and pure genius. TPP is definitely a hidden treasure in the big city of Chicago.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with many not for profit organizations but never found any to be unique asTotally Positive Productions (TPP) in displaying youth talents and skills in such an inspirational way. Youth appear very motivated and determined to participate in any activities, event or projects that is sponsored by Totally Positive Productions. They enjoy learning while having fun in a positive-environment. Overall, I feel Totally Positive Productions give youth the opportunity to develop positive attitudes while utilizing their skills by completing different service learning projects and competing for cash prizes in essay and spoken word talent competitions and other competitions. In addition, all of the cultural enrichment field trips youth and young adults participated in were all free of charge. It is hard for not for profit organizations to do something good for youth without focusing on the cost of projects however, Totally Positive Productions make it happen regardless of the cost involved.

MoehawkMartez L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with Totally Positive Productions since 2008. I was one of the many youth who participated in their cultural enrichment field trip to Medieval Times. They have helped me manage my anger problem through participating in their Community Works Crime Prevention Program. I was a winner of one of their essay and presentation contest. They took the time to help me when no one else would. I want to thank them for helping me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization since I was in high school. They have helped me with my stage fright which I had to over come when I participated in their essay and presentation contest. I won 3 of them. Totally Positive Productions has provided me with life changing experiences that with out them I would have never got the opportunity to experience. I would like to thank Totally Positive Productions for a job well done.

latryce16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

TPP

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.