3rd EyE Youth Empowerment

3rd EyE was founded in 1998 by three New Bedford youth looking to do something positive and creative in their community. 20 years later, the driving force of this all-volunteer organization continues to be youth and young adults who are interested in developing skills in leadership and community building. Opportunities include experience in music and video production, mentoring, networking, organizing, event planning, and community outreach.


To engage and empower youth to become leaders that positively transform their community.


3rd EyE Youth Empowerment provides a rolling opportunity for older youth and

young adults (15-24) to develop leadership skills via the development of community events.

These events include (but are not limited to):

The 3rd EyE Open: An annual hiphop festival which takes place in downtown New Bedford and includes 3 stages of live music, a kids' carnival, dance exhibitions and battles, street art creation, a basketball tournament and a variety of community programmers.

3rd EyE Pride: A monthly showcase celebrating young creatives and community.  Happening the last Saturday of the month (October-May), 3EPride features music and dance performances, live art, micro-workshops, community conversations, hands-on activities and more.  

The Winter Jam: A mini version of the Open that happens at community centers, e.g. Dennison Memorial and the McCoy Recreation Center.

Hip-Hop Pop-Ups at community events, e.g. AHA!, Hatch Street Open Studios, Reggae on West Beach

Doodles Creative Sessions: 'creative chaos' pop-up events for 5-11 year olds

3rd EyE also partners with the NB Whaling National Historical Park on 2 programs: The Youth Leadership Academy for 12-15 year olds (working on developing a new curriculum) and the Youth Ambassador Program where teens communicate national park themes through hip-hop culture and social media outreach.      Link for more details --> https://www.nps.gov/nebe/learn/kidsyouth/yap.htm

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Additional Info

Executive Director: 3rd EyE is an all volunteer run organization

Address: 38 Bethel Street, NB 02740

Website: 3rdeyeunlimited.org

Email Address: info@3rdEyEunlimited.org

The GNBYA is a project of the

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

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