Creative Reaction Lab

About

Creative Reaction Lab’s mission is to educate, train, and challenge Black and Latinx youth to become leaders designing healthy and racially equitable communities. We’re challenging the belief that only adults with titles (e.g. mayors, CEOs, etc.) have the power and right to challenge racial and health inequities. However, we are conscious that it’s not just the work of the people that have been historically underinvested to dismantle oppressive systems. Therefore, we are rallying an intergenerational movement of Redesigners for Justice.

Creative Reaction Lab is raising funds for our 9-month Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Through CDAP, CRXLAB is educating and training formerly incarcerated and criminal justice system impacted Black and Latinx youth to become civic leaders addressing hyperlocal racial and health inequities (e.g. limited healthy food access, housing displacement, and mass incarceration), using a unique equity-centered creative problem solving framework. The 2021 cohort will focus on confronting the community trauma of gun violence in Moline Acres, Riverview Gardens, and Bellefontaine Neighbors located within the St. Louis Promise Zone

CDAP is designed to give formerly incarcerated and criminal justice system impacted youth an opportunity to be productive residents in their community by connecting them to pathways to build their knowledge and capacity designing interventions to address racial-health inequities that are directly affecting their lives. With support for their civic engagement, connections to leaders in their city, and organizing their fellow residents to be advocates, Community Design Apprentices become the real on-the-ground revolutionaries working to support themselves and their community as they fight existing disparities -- disparities built into communities through systems of policy, education, housing, criminal justice, etc.

Creative Reaction Lab is raising funds for our 9-month Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Through CDAP, CRXLAB is educating and training formerly incarcerated and criminal justice system impacted Black and Latinx youth to become civic leaders addressing hyperlocal racial and health inequities (e.g. limited healthy food access, housing displacement, and mass incarceration), using a unique equity-centered creative problem solving framework.

CDAP is designed to give formerly incarcerated and criminal justice system impacted youth an opportunity to be productive residents in their community by connecting them to pathways to build their knowledge and capacity designing interventions to address issues that are directly affecting their lives. With support for their civic engagement, connections to leaders in their city, and organizing their fellow residents to be advocates, Community Design Apprentices become the real on-the-ground revolutionaries working to support themselves and their community as they fight existing disparities -- disparities built into communities through systems of policy, education, housing, criminal justice, etc.