Our focus

We are committed to empowering leaders of tomorrow, today.  Uniting projects, platforms , people and funding for purpose.  Together we are focused on  inspiring youth to  DREAM big!  Bridging gaps and developing talent in the process. We believe when we work together to find barriers and bridge access we are able to create sustainable pathways for talent to develop. Pathways, that start as a seed but watered collectivelly - grow next gen leaders,  social innovation and lasting impact. Creating  more inclusive, safe and economically sound communities.


Gr Summer Project - Include - Empower - Connect

Grsummerproject , Gr Summer Project Talent Showcase , All of the Above Hip Hop

Grand Rapids Area wide challenge in partnership with Magic 104.9 that runs April through August where we challenge youth and organizations to take the pledge. Youth identify a community problem & submit a project they will work on over summer. Projects aim to bridge gaps and lead positive social  Impact. With four areas of focus , community advocacy, business , music & sports. Updates are shared via grsummerproject.org and our community votes. On site events , media coverage , talent showcases and special events connect projects with purpose . Bringing communities, organizations  and people  together. Leading the way to both seed & grow  new ideas , while connecting  young talent with  our local ecosystem . This is a student led initiative and collective community effort. One that would not be possible with out our partnership with organizations and  individuals committed to providing this summer platform for youth voices to be heard & projects to grow.  

Leadership Development and Social Innovation

Start Garden , GRCC , Projects for Purpose MI

Here we define, leadership , community and social innovation. Encouraging students to unlock the power of I in leading social change. We define what a change maker is and give students an introduction into the differences of Social Enterprise, Non Profit and For Profit businesses. After we educate, we provide a mock business exploration project. Challenging students to create and pitch their own social enterprise

Design Thinking and Project Based Learning Programs

GRPD , Grand Rapids Police Department , NAACP Youth Council

Are you looking to better understand a problem and connect classroom learning to new hands on experiences?  We create & collaborate with other organizations to inspire students to dream big!  Together, we educate, engage and empower youth voices to be heard. The program starts with students identifying a problem and thru design thinking. developing a project that leads to solutions. In classroom learning combined with real world activation. Students explore and connect with community in the process of leading their project.

Business Connect Programs & Research

Bridge Street Market and Meijer Pep Rally for Union High School

Are you a local business or corporation looking to connect your companies mission to lead social impact in your community? Are you looking to attract diverse talent or better understand how diverse talent engages & views your brand? Let‘s Connect! 

Team members

Stephanie (Gonda) Scott Founder/ President

Stephanie (Gonda) Scott Projects for Purpose President and Gr Summer Project Founder

Director of Sales and Marketing Townsquare Media. Growth connector. 

Isabel Garcia- Vice president

Director of leadership development and education at  West Side Collaborative. Owner- Dreams by Bella

Director of Education and Leadership Development at Westside Collaborative. Owner Dreams by Bella Photography. 

Kavy Lennon- Treasurer

Kavy Lennon Herman Miller


Senior Supplier Diversity Manager at Herman Miller. Owner Firefly Amore. 

Kenzie McLarty -Board/Advisor Financial Literacy and leadership programs

Kenzie Old National Bank Projects for Purpose MI Financial Literacy Coach

Financial Service Professional at Old National Bank.  Real Estate Investor , Entrepreneur.  

Team members

Albina Khatiwoda- SECRETARY

Projects for Purpose MI Board of Directors

Intern at United Way / Graduate Student at Howard University 

Preston Sain - Board member sports education and engagement

Preston Sain Grand CIty Sports Co Founder

Owner/Co-Founder Grand City Sports 501c3 / Vp Marketing & Partner Junk Kings 

Ed spillers - Board Member Music education and engagement

Lee Stephens Magic 104.9 mymagicgr.com

Program Director Magic 104.9. Real Estate Agent.