The 11th annual Updayton Summit was held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Brightside Event Venue.
Photo: Briana Snyder
Photo: Briana Snyder

Dayton book cafe, program for the accused win funding at annual event  

A bookstore cafe and a program designed to help those accused of crimes were awarded funding and help last night at the Brightside Music and Event Venue in downtown.  

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The 11th annual Updayton Summit was held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Brightside Event Venue.
Photo: Briana Snyder

Baldwin Café presented by Leroy Bean and Mariah Johnson and Participatory Defense presented by Amanda Davis and Carla Maragañon were announced winners of the 11th annual UpDayton Summit following a vote by the roughly 300 people in attendance.

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Each winner will receive $1,500 in seed money and the support of UpDayton resources for one year.

 

“There is an element of volunteerism that is involved in all of these projects,” Lauren White, UpDayton’s executive director since September of 2018, said.

Leaders of eight projects presented ideas. 

Description of the winning projects from UpDayton: 

The 11th annual Updayton Summit was held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Brightside Event Venue. Baldwin Café presented by Leroy Bean and Mariah Johnson (center) was one of two winning projects.
Photo: Briana Snyder

Baldwin Cafe serves the community in a holistic way as a third space between work, school and home. The black-owned bookstore is a common meeting place and offers new and used books, African American literature, and a cafe with tea, vegan and vegetarian options. 

The cafe expects to open for a trial run this spring at McKinley United Methodist Church, 196 Hawthorn St., Dayton.

How community members can help the project: 

1. Investors 

2. Books (Children, Teen, Adult, Non-Fiction, and Fiction centering around an African-American audience) 

3. Marketing 

4. Budgeting & Business Finance assistance 

5. A space to rent or own 

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The 11th annual Updayton Summit was held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Brightside Event Venue. Participatory Defense presented by Amanda Davis & Carla Maragañon (center) was one of two winning projects.
Photo: Briana Snyder

Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Trained volunteers and facilitators give participants a deeper understanding of the justice process, what is expected from them at each stage, and assist them in preparing for meetings with their attorney, court dates, and other steps of the process. 

1. Volunteer Facilitators (non-attorneys) 

2. Weekly Meeting Space 

3. Partnership with a local Community Organization to implement 

4. Graphic Design and Copy Editing 

5. Funding for professional volunteer training

UpDayton’s goals include attracting and retaining people under 40 in the Dayton area. The group moved its annual project pitch event from the spring. 

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