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Review for Mandate Project Impact Inc, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

MPI serves to provide African American culture with opportunities to be reflected in and flourish in San Diego by promoting various top notch civic arts engagements throughout the County. The Bayside Gospel Concert on the Midway is one great example of MPI's achievements in ensuring that diversity in the arts are represented on our main stages in the city of San Diego.

MPI events such as the annual Jazz at the Creek Concert series, offer residents of the 4th District great art experiences right within its own corridors. Each year, these events lend pride to residents as it showcases the beauty of the venue within to guests attending from other areas. These concerts also promote cultural marketplace exchanges between small vendors selling wares and patrons that otherwise find it difficult to engage with each other.

MPI recognizes the importance of arts education for children. It is responsive to the inefficient offerings of programs provided to youth in schools. MPI, through its mentorship/internship program, ensures that its reach is extended to youth who demonstrate an interest or passion in various aspects of the arts. Simply put, our city is seriously deficient in this area of youth support and MPI is greatly commended for its commitment to the future of the arts in this way.

MPI reaches beyond the arts to respond to the many critical needs that are present in urban communities. By partnering with other local non-profits, such as the San Diego Food Bank, it shares much of the proceeds from art engagements with members of our society that are in great need. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of working with MPI to bring the Food 4 Kids Back Pack Program into three District 4 elementary schools. Today, MPI continues to commit a portion of the proceeds from the Jazz in the Creek series to this program in support of students.

In conclusion, MPI is an inspiration and resource to a host of small non-profits and for profits in minority communities. Its high caliber reputation and success draws novice, entrepreneurial spirited, impassioned community members that seek to do great work towards it for guidance and support. MPI is a beacon within the African American community and valued gem. Great pride and expectation exists for MPI, for its continued success and provisions of multi-cultural art experiences and engagements for both communities and the greater San Diego area at large.

MPI is one of San Diego's highly valuable and critical asset, as it truly weaves the fabric of arts diversity into our city. I am most honored to have recently been appointed to serve on its board and look forward to further enhancing its endeavors.

Jacqueline Young
Board Member
Mandate Project Impact

Role:  Board Member