The Joseph Initiative awarded Positive Tipping Point mini-grant for its teen multi-media communications program

Buncombe County Health and Human Services recently awarded a Positive Tipping Point mini-grant to The Joseph Initiative. Funds from the mini-grant will be used to purchase needed equipment for the agency’s teen multi-media communications program.

The Tipping Point mini-grants are part of an effort to identify and invest in promising community-level collaborative efforts focused on reducing the impact of early adverse childhood experiences by promoting family and community resilience. “The basis of our teen multi-media communications program is to collaborate with business professionals to help our Asheville teenagers recognize their talents and grow confident in their abilities in the areas of filmmaking and journalism,” states Karen Cowan, Executive Director of The Joseph Initiative. The multi-media communications program is one of several career development programs that will be offered to teenagers by The Joseph Initiative.

In March, The Joseph Initiative implemented a pilot program in which teenagers learned about filmmaking from award-winning filmmaker, Stephen Nadeau of Brother Blue Studios. The students who participated in the program were taught about the art of film and filmmaking through a hands-on approach.  They went out onto the streets of Asheville and interviewed several business owners and members of our community. The students then experienced a part of the post-production editing process as they reviewed their film. As Cowan says, “It was great to see these teenagers leave their comfort zones and become more confident in the interview process. The experience left them excited to learn more.”

Registration for the full program will be available shortly. Parents with teenagers who would be interested in participating should visit The Joseph Initiative’s website at

The Joseph Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Asheville, North Carolina, that partners with our local community and other non-profit organizations to offer enrichment programs that strengthen families. More information about us can be found at

Anne Lazo

Anne is believes in giving back to her local community and loves serving people. When it comes to her involvement with The Joseph Initiative, she is passionate about creating an organization that values and serves others in a positive and encouraging manner. To help accomplish this goal, Anne is heavily involved in helping The Joseph Initiative with marketing efforts. On a personal note, Anne loves the outdoors, is an avid runner, and is currently training for her first ultramarathon in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

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