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(Economic Empowerment Initiative)

T.R.A.P.P.E.D. (Teens Rising Above Poverty Preventing Early Death) is a dynamic and impactful program specifically designed to address the pressing issues of social entrepreneurship, mental health wellness, and gun violence prevention among youth in St. Louis. Created as a safe haven, T.R.A.P.P.E.D. aims to provide an empowering environment where young individuals can rise above the challenges posed by poverty and the imminent threat of early death.


Our program is not just a mere initiative; it is a beacon of hope that actively engages and guides teenagers through the obstacles they face daily. We understand the gravity of the situation and do not shy away from addressing the stark realities of poverty and gun violence. With unflinching dedication, we offer tangible solutions, support, and resources to combat these issues head-on.


At T.R.A.P.P.E.D., we foster a culture of social entrepreneurship, encouraging teens to unleash their potential and channel their passions into viable and sustainable projects. By instilling the values of innovation and resilience, we empower young minds to create positive change in their communities. Through mentorship, workshops, and hands-on experiences, we equip participants with the necessary tools and skills to navigate the world of business and turn their dreams into reality.

We recognize that mental health wellness is paramount to overall well-being. Therefore, our program places a strong emphasis on mental health support and education. We provide a nurturing space where young individuals can freely express their thoughts and emotions, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. Our qualified professionals offer counseling, therapy, and educational sessions, ensuring that no teen feels alone or unheard.

Gun violence prevention lies at the heart of our mission. We believe in taking proactive measures to combat this epidemic that plagues our communities. T.R.A.P.P.E.D. actively engages with local law enforcement, community leaders, and organizations to raise awareness, implement preventive measures, and provide educational resources on gun safety. By equipping our teens with knowledge and resources, we strive to break the cycle of violence and protect the lives of our youth.

T.R.A.P.P.E.D. is not just another program; it is a lifeline for those trapped in the cycle of poverty and violence. Through social entrepreneurship, mental health wellness, and gun violence prevention, we create an environment where teenagers can rise above their circumstances and build a brighter future. Together, we are determined to make a lasting impact and empower our youth to become catalysts for change in St. Louis and beyond.

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