Local nonprofit Good Ground-Good Life has an innovative plan to connect with District youth. First, drive around a tricked-out box truck with mobile sound system, wireless mic, and see-through, Plexiglas back. Then, lure children inside. Finally, bring them back to a community center to educate them about AIDS, drugs, and street violence. If pressed, add roller skates.
The mobile entertainment system/youth outreach program/positive kidnapping initiative, called Rock the Block, is run by a trio who know their trucks: current and former postal truck drivers DeLyon Gigger, Kevin Whitaker, and Brad Rorrer (not pictured).
Check out this week’s Show & Tell for GGGL’s truancy prevention plans, mobile roller rink, and super-secret work-in-progress. (Hint: They all involve the truck).
Photo by Darrow Montgomery