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Since its foundation in 1990, the Shaka Franklin Foundation has positively touched the lives of thousands of young people across the world. This nonprofit organization works to address the serious issue of youth suicide through education, awareness, and support. Over the years, the Foundation has been a part of a variety of events taking place in schools and youth groups, helping children, parents, teachers, and professionals learn more about suicide, depression, and self-destructive behavior.
In a continued effort to reach out to young people closer to home, the Shaka Foundation created a 5,000 square foot technology center in the heart of Denver. Located at 5929 E. 38th Ave., Shaka’s Place Youth Technology Center has 18 computer stations, a 21-seat theater, a conference room that doubles as a classroom, a video editing room, an open production studio, and two music studios. In 2007, the Shaka Franklin Foundation collaborated with Streets on Fire School of Fine Arts and Technology to upgrade the technology and the activities available to the community at Shaka’s Place. Today, the essence of the program is “Character Building” through a variety of programs called “Network of Life”. This center has become the hub for the Foundations educational and creative projects and is available to anyone from ages 3 through 18 to use and enjoy. For more information on the hours and availability of the Shaka Youth Technology Center, please contact us via the Contact tab on the Shaka Franklin Foundation website.
The Shaka Franklin Foundation is not only committed to helping youth in the United States, but also across the globe. In 2007, the Shaka Franklin Foundation created an international branch in order to educate and support youth in South Africa. This new international branch allowed the Shaka Franklin Foundation to ‘adopt’ the Tarlton Intermediate School, making it possible for the 500 children to receive a healthy mail each day. As the branch grows, the Shaka Franklin Foundation plans to move the overcrowded, dilapidated school into a new family oriented and green community through a partnership with InsituDesign Architecture and the University of Colorado Graduate School of Architecture.
Throughout the years, the Foundation has been committed to putting an end to youth suicide through a variety of outlets. However, the Foundation is in constant need of donations from the community to continue to make a positive impact on young people throughout the world. The foundations most recent project is a capital campaign for the construction of a ice rink at 51st and Broadway in Denver, which would require an additional $1 million in donations for complete. For more information on how to donate to the Shaka Franklin Foundation, visit the donations page of the Shaka Franklin Foundation website.