Fight For LightFight for Light, Inc.
Markese Bryant and John Jordan


Program Area: Environment
Location of Impact: Atlanta, GA

Bold Idea: Transform communities by empowering local black college students to be environmental leaders by providing access to sustainable energy and urban agriculture practices.

Why We Are Passionate About This: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and their surrounding communities, often cannot afford investments in infrastructure and energy efficiency. These same communities lack access to healthy foods and as a result, have some of the highest obesity rates. At Morehouse, we see these inequities firsthand, and are driven by our own personal adversities to change this reality. Markese lost his mother to crack cocaine and nearly his own future through drug dealing, but was given an opportunity to change his life through a mentorship-based diversion program. In college, John faced the murder of a cousin, the death of an aunt, and the incarceration of a cousin. We are compelled to change the harsh realities black men face. Fight for Light empowers students at HBCUs to help their communities lead environmentally conscious and healthy lifestyles, while acquiring specialized skills for the growing green job market.

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