Launched in July 2013, Level Ground leverages mixed martial arts to unleash the strength, power, and ingenuity of urban youth to fight for and seize their dreams. We are currently operating in Roxbury, MA and focus on serving young men and women between the ages of 14 – 24 who are exposed to a disproportionate level of violence, poverty, and lack of access to education. In 7 short months, we have grown to serve over 80 students in three sites in the form of in-school, after-school, and evening programming. KIND Project money will support our MMA training, Life Skills, and Academic programs and allow us to increase capacity and serve 40 more youth.
-$2,000 will provide equipment including mats, uniforms, boxing gloves, and thai pads for 40 students
-$2,000 will provide life skills and tutoring for middle and high school students in our evening program
-$2,000 will be used to launch our mentorship program where 30 junior and senior high school students will be connected to a professional mentor
-$4,000 will go towards running an MMA and Life Skills summer camp for 50 students