Conscious Conversation: How Does Gentrification Impact Local Youth?


Influential Source presents Conscious Conversation: How Does Gentrification Impact Local Youth?

This month’s #consciousconvo will focus on the subject of gentrification and the impact it has on local youth. Many discussions on the issue of gentrification have centered on its impact in regard to housing affordability and resident socioeconomic status. However, as rapid development forces local communities to evolve, what is the impact of development on youth living in gentrifying communities? Also, what is the effect of gentrification on the lives of youth that are displaced from these communities.

There are many aspects of community transformation that have serious implications for local youth, such as access to employment opportunities and changing school demographics.

Join us on April 27 to engage in a conscious conversation with local experts and community members on the effects of gentrification on local youth. We’ll begin at 6:00 pm with informal networking, and the conversation will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

Format: Connect, Converse, Create!

Isaac Addae, Assistant Professor
College of Business, Tennessee State University

Christiane Buggs
Assistant Director of TRIO Programs, Tennessee State University
MNPS School Board Candidate, District 5

Eric Capehart
Founder, All The King’s Men, Inc.

Jackson Miller
MNPS School Board Candidate, District 7

Lagra Newman
Founder & Head of School, Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School

Molette Investment Services –
Knowledge Bank Nashville –



Children of Ghana

Child of Ghana

I can still see their faces, vividly clear in my mind. The bright, glowing smiles. The youthful energy and excitement. Their yearning for a better future. The children I’ve interacted with in the various rural villages of Ghana all exude the same positiveness and ambition. They want to be educated in what they know to be “good schools.” It appears that throughout their entire lives, they’ve been told that the schools they attend are subpar. They’ve heard stories of other kids who went to “good schools” and how the higher quality education led to markedly improved life outcomes. Yet the abject poverty that surrounds them relegates these children to realities far from their dreams.

The mindset of the youth in Ghana starkly contrasts what I’ve observed from American youth living in the poorest communities. These children are afforded opportunities to receive free education, typically including free transportation and in some cases subsidized or free meals. They are essentially “privileged” in comparison to youth in developing nations. Surprisingly, in my conversations with American youth, I’ve observed a lack focus on a vision for the future. I guess this could be considered a basic dilemma of the “haves” and “have nots.” Will things ever change? Only time will tell.