Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Dominique Comer.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Courtney. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started Colossal Contributions because I wanted to give back to the community by inspiring the youth through Visual and Performance Arts, two forms of media I love and inspired me when I was younger. In doing so, I realized that through my passions in life and commitment to involving the community, we all can give abundantly and in a “Colossal” Way. Hence the name, Colossal Contributions.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t necessarily been a smooth road, but I’m not sure that anything is. I found that some of the biggest challenges I conquered was within myself. The majority of individuals and community leaders I reached out to were more than excited to support and I am very grateful. The struggle came when I said, “Okay, this is happening…Let’s do it…I don’t know how but…Let’s do it!”. I probably had more “no’s” within my own mind than I’ve actually received. Once I overcame the struggle of asking someone what was needed or would like to have happen, the road became much smoother.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Colossal Contributions is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that inspires communities in need through Visual and Performance Arts, Agriculture and Social Responsibility in eradicating homelessness. I partner with various leaders to inspire youth from communities in need to instill leadership qualities within themselves. I’ve had to adapt due to COVID-19, however that’s just another quality I hope the kids are able to pick up.
One previous event I am so proud and grateful of is, “The 400 Years Later Art Exhibition”, where youth from various schools throughout LAUSD were selected to display their artwork capturing the African American experience from the past 400 years to today. This was beautiful because the whole community had an opportunity to learn about the African diaspora, while experiencing the voice of youth artist through art. Colossal Contributions was able to supply winning artists and classrooms with art supplies donated from community partners and leaders like Artist and Craftsman, The Broad Museum, MOCA, Flutter Experience and many more.
One thing I am excited about on the horizon is obtaining a location for Colossal Contributions, Homeless Youth Program. The program works with homeless young people age 10 to 24 who are in need of shelter and job training to hopefully never be homeless again.
What were you like growing up?
I told jokes! Bad…no, very bad jokes. I learned them as a Birthday Party Coordinator at the local bowling alley, and they stuck with me. I told jokes to my parents, to people I worked with, my friends and pretty much anyone who would listen. If someone was in a bad mood, I told a joke. If someone was in a good mood, I told a joke. Anything to place a little joy in someone’s life. Now, I don’t tell jokes, but I have learned to connect with people on a level that still brings joy.
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