Welcome to The Beatbox archived website.

The Beatbox youth center pilot project ended in June 2003. With the exception of this messege, this website is as it was the day we closed.
Please check http://www.thebeatbox.org for information on current Beatbox projects.

Thanks for your support, we are currently working on replicating The Beatbox in other communities. Please contact rwells@thebeatbox.org if you are interested in being involved.

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The first ever e-Beat, The Beatbox's Monthly News - Wednesday, April 02, 2003

In this issue of e-Beat:
1. The Basic Beat
2. Beatbox Program Highlights - This month's e-Beat will introduce you to the BTECH community technology center programs and offerings
3. Featured Class-Technical CAD Drafting
4. Featured Events-Art Walk and the Gorge & Gobble Blowout Regale
5. Got Technology Needs? Take our technology needs assessment survey
6. Experience The Beatbox

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History of The Beatbox. - Friday, February 21, 2003


The roots of The Beatbox can be traced back to the basement of a business in Fairfield, Iowa in August 1999.  19 year-old Roland Wells had recently moved back to Fairfield after living for three years in Atlanta, Georgia and Phoenix, Arizona. He felt that there was a need in Fairfield for shared space where local youth could participate in creative activities and enjoy a supportive and respectful environment enriched with ideas of peer mentoring and expressive freedom.

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Beatbox Youth Dialogue a Success; - Friday, February 21, 2003

Youth Voice Opinions on Poverty

On Saturday November 2, 2002, thirty six local youth ages 15-25 participated in a youth dialogue at The Beatbox youth center sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation. The forum addressed reducing poverty and empowering youth through economic and community development. Mayor Ed Malloy presented an overview of Iowa's and Jefferson County's unique economic history and stressed Fairfield's particular growth in the entrepreneurial sector. Sandy Stevers, director of the DECAT project for the Department of Human Services, shared data from the DECAT project to help the youth put Jefferson County juvenile crime rates and high school drop out rates into perspective with area counties.

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WANTED: 950 People Dedicated to Fairfield's Youth - Friday, February 21, 2003
The doors to The Beatbox did not close as expected on September 30, but the community youth and technology center continues to struggle for long-term sustainability. While The Beatbox has remained open and the Raise the Beat monthly pledge campaign has garnered 45 new donors to the organization, directors Julie Babb and Roland Wells stress that community support and pledges are still needed. The goal of the pledge campaign initiated by a recent letter to the editor is for 1000 people or businesses to commit to a donation of a minimum ten dollars a month. (full story)

Youth Convene at Beatbox to Discuss Community Deve - Friday, February 21, 2003

On Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m., Fairfield Youth Advocacy will host a youth dialogue and dinner sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation. A small group of local youth ages 15-25 will participate in the forum to discuss causes of poverty, local economic development initiatives, and solutions to community development challenges. The forum is part of the Northwest Area Foundation's Community Connections Convenings and aims to use grass-roots efforts, service organizations, and community partnerships to fight poverty and inequality. This will be an opportunity for area youth to speak up and offer suggestions about the future of their community and the needs of youth in rural areas.

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