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Meet Amerylus Cooper and Ashley Grubbs of Project 43 Team Post Centers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amerylus Cooper and Ashley Grubbs.

Project 43 Team Post Center was established in 2019 to provide South Los Angeles with the environment, tools and resources needed to become productive members of society. After the of Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom the founder (Amerylus Cooper) was inspired and reminded that this Marathon must continue. The name Project 43 represents the zip code 90043. Also known as The Crenshaw or 8th District. Team Post were popular Centers where community members could go in the 1960s.

These Centers provided an alternative to both youth and adults to hanging out and joining gangs. Team Post provides a positive environment and outlet for the urban communities. The services that will be providing will include but will to be limited to: STEAM, Coding, Robotics, Finical Coaching, Culinary Arts (taught by Melissa Blue of Paris, French) Musial, Theater, and Art training, Job training services and Sports and Recreational services.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road to opening your own business is never an easy one. We have to face some many ups and downs and this has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. One of the largest obstacles we are still facing with each passing day is this virus and the effect it is having on one day to day operations. We have to shut down a lot of the progress we were making before the pandemic hit the country.

Another challenge that we still face is financially keeping the doors open. Amerylus has put over seventy thousand dollars of her own money into keeping Project 43 afloat. It is very true we do have a lot of support from the community, but we are lacking in financial support.

Please tell us about Project 43 Team Post Centers INC.
Our mission here at Project 43 is to educate and enrich youth and adults into productive members of society by harvesting creativity and incubating a new generation of innovators. Our vision is to empower, uplift, and unite global communities through services and programs that will further educate and bring social and economic awareness. W will be offering the follow programs but will not be limited.

Finical Literacy- Course to gather how money works: how someone makes, manages and invests it.
After-school Programs – Free tutoring to students grades 6th -12th grades (Math, Reading, Science, SAT and ACT).
Coding Class- Free Saturday Coding Classes from 9am-1pm. E-Sports – Free E-Sports Club that offers the resources needed to compete.
STEM Programs – Introduce students to a variety of STEM professions & engage students in STEM problem-solving.
Adult Workforce Development & Job Placement – Assist job seekers looking for a new or better career.

We believe what sets us apart from the rest is the fact that we are from the 8th district and are going back, but what really sets is apart from the rest is the motivation that we all share. The passion we have for Project 43. It devotion that we share that causes Project 43 to move forward. We all have a desire that Project 43 blooms into an amazing nationwide movement toward regaining our communities back.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly nothing, This has been a major learning experience for the entire group. We feel as if we have learned from all our mistakes, from all the mishaps, and things that have not gone according to plans. It has been these learning lessons that have taught us in various ways.

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