Training Grounds Inc. Host Laugh in Peace Comedy Show to Celebrate 17 Years of Service to DMV Residents
Washington DC — Since 2005, Training Grounds, Inc. (TGI) has transformed the lives of youth, young adults, and families within underserved communities throughout the DMV. Through workforce development and violence intervention programs, Training Grounds is committed to preparing economically disadvantage individuals for living wage careers and self-sufficiency. In an act of solidarity, comedians Huggy Lowdown from the Russ Par Morning Show, Chris Paul from the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Timmy Hall from HBO and Judge Poole from ESPN 980 Morning Show “Man Cave”, have partnered to celebrate TGI 17th Anniversary during the Laugh In Peace Comedy Shows on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at THEARC Theater – 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE Washington, DC 20020. (Show I – 5:30pm & Show II 7:30pm). Tickets are available online at www.traininggroundsdmv.org
Training Grounds’ Live In Peace (L.I.P) not R.I.P. Movement is a national initiative which led to the partnership for “Laugh in Peace,” as a light attempt to offer laughter as a stress reliever during these tough times. TGI decided to host this event at THEARC Theatre East of the River (Ward 8) in Southeast DC, where a lot the traumas have been particularly prevalent.
TGI’s program model is designed specifically to empower high poverty, high crime and socioeconomically challenged communities. TGI was founded by Tom Brown, a community pioneer and activist, who has positioned Training Grounds to be a hub for workforce related needs. Mr. Brown, along with Marion Barry, co-founded the Ward 8 Workforce Development Council in 2007. He has embedded workplace principals into the Training Grounds teachings that empower participants to use transformational techniques to help them excel through life.
Unlike many community-based organizations, TGI’s unique neighborhood-based model establishes its presence directly inside of the neighborhoods. Residents can walk out of their front door and into the assistance of the TGI Framework. Training Grounds has empowered neighborhoods where 85%
of the program population has had one or more barriers to employment. As a specialist in training and developing returning citizens, TGI is proud to have employed four managers who have collectively served more than 100 years in prison and have been responsible for Training Grounds’ programs and day-to-day worksite operations.
To attend this event as press and/or request an interview please contact Jeanette Hordge Smith at 813-523-9301 or [email protected]