Poverty Banquet and Mural Project! -by Clinton

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How’s everyone doing? Man last week was a good week of tSB. On Wednesday, we had one of my favorite workshops that I was a part of last year, The Poverty and Hunger banquet. It tackled the issue of classes that our society puts us in. There was the low-income class, middle class and high income class. I was a part of the middle class group and I helped facilitate this group. I liked our group and the meal we had. We had a good discussion and I felt the great vibe with what people had to say about this class. I definitely understood where people came from with their issue or thoughts about this class and it was great to hear about how this class affected them. Ultimately, class can be defined in many ways and many people can be categorized by it. We shouldn’t overlook at the fact that these classes happen for a reason. But sometimes we still look at the facts and say that this truly can’t be what our society has been looked upon.

On Sunday, we had the bus mural painting! We had it at Tizita’s home and it was great! The creative juices definitely were shown that day and everyone had a great time and had a great contribution to the project. I definitely feel like murals are important in our community because it shows how much it can be looked upon and people can stroll down and look and think about how a persons vision of a community has been portray in the essence of an artwork masterpiece. This will hopefully have an impact on the two bus stops we worked on as it has no artwork on it. Our pieces will now definitely be looked at for us and they can truly say that the community of tSB is a great one in doing this artwork.

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Mentor Francesca in line for food at the retrEAT at Cornet Bay.

Mentor Francesca in line for food at the retrEAT at Cornet Bay.

My name’s Jessie and I’m a new prophet. A little background about me: I am the main “chef” for F.E.E.S.T (though I don’t think I’m that good to have such a title) and I learned about tSB from Ashley when she used to cook for F.E.E.S.T.

Related to my semi-profession, I’m here to talk about the food at tSB. It’s pretty amazing. Every program night, tSB starts out by feeding everyone the delicious food I am going to talk about. Though I don’t want to release the top secret food that can ONLY be experienced at tSB, there are some awesome chefs among the staff, mentors, and prophets. Maly and Mike are a tough tag team to beat (hopefully by me and my partner) when talking about curry. Stephany is also in a league of her own with her cultural explosion chile and rice. I can’t even start with Ashley and her cobblers. Mentors like My-Hanh, Esther, and Chris showed off their skills at the retreat by preparing salmon, super mac and cheese, and the best chicken adobo I have ever experienced. For prophets, I know there are some skillful hands out there that are hiding, but I’ll post the information when I get it. I think this is the end of my blog, WOOOOOOOOO! TSB (WC!)

Side note/P.S: F.E.E.S.T is a program at Youngstown that happened every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 where all youth are welcome to come and break bread at the table as well as discuss about issues surrounding food, community, and whatever is up. What is up? YOUTH-OCRACY! It’s a place to enjoy other people and to just kick it.

For more info about F.E.E.S.T. visit or contact Hollis Wong-Wear at hollisw <at>