Vision Team (VT):
Vision Team began in 1995. You may ask "Why is it called
the Vision Team?" It's called the Vision Team because the
Bible reminds us that "Without vision the people perish",
and when we look around it is clear that many people are unaware
of the divine destiny that God has set before them Weare a team
of individuals that are brought together for the cause of touching
the lives of those who need to know a friend that is there when
everyone else has flipped out on you (His name is JESUS). Everyone
has a calling from God and it is Him that empowers us to do
the job that He has called us to do.
group consists of different ages, and that is what keeps things
interesting and exciting. The greatest message for us is to
be able to show people the glorious story of Jesus Christ and
what he is willing to do for us. We use a diversity of tools
to be able to minister to the people that we come in contact
with. God doesn't what to be complicated, but He wants us to
communicate to His people a clear and easy story about how we
can get to know Him through His son Jesus Christ.
team of individuals has a servant attitude and performs a multitude
of outreach and ministry acts to present a Christian presentation
to different groups of people that struggle with the pressures
of everyday life and have found themselves in a forgotten position.
Our mission is to restore and encourage the brokenhearted and
low in spirit by presenting the gospel in a very creative manner
that brings about change, hope, love and wholeness.
acts include but are not limited to feeding, singing to, providing
clothes and other resources to the homeless (Hanging with the
Homeless), visiting retirement or assisted living homes (Senior
Citizen Empowerment), families in the inner city or urban areas
of the city (Adopt-A-Family) and performing inspirational dramatizations
(community centers, jails, neighborhood centers, girls and boys
clubs & homes, etc.).
Vision Team is not about one individual person, but about a
group of imperfect people working together to push the gospel
of a perfect Savior (Jesus Christ). Streets, community centers,
nursing homes, homes for girls and boys, and wherever the gospel
is needed that's where our pulpit is. If it takes gospel rap,
singing, dance, home made videos, the preached word, or dramatic
skits; we are willing to do it for the sake of those that are
lost. Because of our burning passion and joyful commitment to
being obedient to God's vision for His people, by the Vision
Team sharing the teaching and principles of Christ someone may
be empowered to follow Him.
The Wake Up Tour
The Wake Up Tour was began in 2005 and its purpose is to use
creative ways that our youth can relate to by communicating
a significant life changing message that shakes the audience
to a state of consciousness, thus influencing them to "wake
up" and think about the decisions they are making on a
daily basis. The technique was developed to capture the audiences
of youth ages 12-18 years of age, but has made adjustments for
collegiate and elementary age audiences. The Tour so far has
reached over 32,000 youth.
Wake up Tour is an innovative tour that combines Hip-Hop Artists
(Rap, Dance, R&B, and spoken word poetry), innovative film
technology, actors and motivational speakers that challenge
the mindset of youth today while empowering them to make a difference
in their community. The Tour works as a 55 minute non-stop stage
presentation that uses music to speak against violence, crime
and social deviance among our youth, while providing direction
and an answer to the things that plague our society. We have
the ability to reach a mass audience with its hip-hop innovative
style. The theatrics that are performed are breathtaking, and
youth that we have come in contact with have spotlighted the
fact that gang activity and many other social issues exist in
their schools. The media has been filled with images of gang
violence, drug dealing, and disrespect to teachers by students
and murders in the school systems here and abroad. The WUT has
already been responsible for several youth retreating from gang
activity and living productive lives. Added, the WUT strives
to recruit youth to be a part of the tour as well as spokespersons
for the tour.
artists that participate in this event are genuine recording
artists with a passion for serving the community. The tour also
brings together young people that model positive examples in
the community so that the youth that they service can see them
as rolemodels. The Wake Up Tour also works in the community
and with the community helping to nurture change. They host
various events for youth as well as partner with other organizations
to help continue the outreach that they start once they are
allowed to come into the school. The influence of these artists
carries a very positive impact in the lives of the. students
that we reach.
Fusion Tour (FT):
The Fusion Tour began January 2007. It is the gospel version
of the Wake Up Tour. The Fusion Tours are purposely held at
churches near schools or where the Wake up Tour has performed
in orGer to create a greater level of awareness, responsibility,
and community unification to bring the community together in
a family setting.
Fusion Tour is a life changing experience that illustrates various
forms of Christian music through singing, praise dancing, ministry
teaching, and interactive skits. Many youth travel far away
or quite a distance to other churches rather than attending
churches in their own neighborhoods. Why? It is because most
are not concerned about their community and therefore need to
be made aware of the importance of community building and stepping
up and making a difference in their own hoods.
is our hope that the church will embrace the youth that is brought
in by the Fusion Tour and cultivate a youth program or an avenue
that will influence more youth to be a part of the church and
play an active role in the community. This will also encourage
more families, more partnerships to develop and other churches
to work together to share resources, spread the word of God
and demonstrate love to all they encounter.
Fusion Tour consists of artists and performers from different
HTH program components (such as the Wake up Tour, the Vision
Team, etc.) and other local or national entertainers.
The Hood College Preparatory Program:
The college preparatory program was created to provide guidance
for post secondary education that gives assistance in academic,
social and career goals. It began in 2007. This program challenges
students to aspire for realistic goals that fit their personal
endeavors that are based on personal career assessments. The
program also provides interest assessment tests that give students
that are not interested in college options to have a fruitful
life in a career or trade of their choice. Scholarship opportunities,
ACT and SAT workshops, and other educational trainings/workshops
are available at no cost to the HTH students.
The Street Team began in January 2008 and is comprised of HTH
youth leaders and participants from the inner city & urban
areas who goes into the community and local neighborhoods to
promote HTH and its components through creative marketing and
advertising drivers. This includes developing and creating mass
productions of flyers, internet advertising, word of mouth,
making phone calls, etc. This also allows the youth leaders
andi'participants to gain the support of the community and people
who are not aware of how can they can make a difference in their
city, at their schools, at their church, and community!
The Comic Studio: NEW!
By combining popular culture with the sense of conceptual freedom, The Heal the Hood
Foundation, and MAW Productions will educate young artists interested in the creative and
promotional arm of comic books, graphic novels and manga. By providing a hands on environment, we will help students produce a creative body of work and provide them with experience, portfolio pieces and the drive to build their future. Click here to download brochure. CLICK HERE TO VISIT PAGE.
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