There are certain people who inspire just by being themselves. Michael David Battle, founder and director of the Garden of Peace Project, is one of them. At just 26 years old, Michael has already positioned himself as the one to keep an eye on in the upcoming years on Pittsburgh's political and humanitarian scenes. Michael began his journey in the political sphere at 13, when he realized that since he couldn’t vote in the 2000 election, his mission would be to register as many people as he could. This led to Michael’s next job on the city council, before he decided in 2012 to start his own non-profit.
The Garden of Peace Project sprang to his mind when he began considering the ways in which marginalized people living in Pittsburgh navigate health and wellness systems. He wanted to create a network for those with limited access to transportation as well as information to get the help they needed to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
His vision includes a space for counselors, a low-income health clinic, and will be focused on helping the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, invisible minorities, asexual, and allies) population and those living with HIV. He hopes to create a place where people, organizations, corporations and communities can come together in a spirit of hope and collaboration to help empower one another and enhance the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of all people, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations within our city.
Check out Michael in the video clip below: