The 2011 Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community Based Programs was held at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education on March 24 & 25, 2011. Participants included program administrators and expert consultants from Boston College, Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, Portland, OR, and Miami, FL. Community leaders, educators and other resource people were in attendance. The discussions were led by Dr. Anderson J. Franklin, Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair.
The 2011 Roundtable was designed around five topics that participating program leaders found particularly relevant to their current experiences. The discussion around each topic included small group conversations surrounding three challenges and three strategies. The group then reconvened to share ideas generated during breakout discussions and to continue a focused discussion on one or two of the shared concepts.
- Program Development, Implementation and Community Challenges
- Addressing Violence in the Community
- Program Evaluation and Research
- Social Policy and Funding
- Leadership and Management
Dr. Edmund Gordon
Professor Gordon's distinguished career spans professional practice, scholarly life as a minister, clinical and counseling psychologist, research scientist, author, editor, and professor. He has held appointments at several of the nation’s leading universities including Howard, Yeshiva, Columbia, City University of New York, and Yale. Additionally, Dr. Gordon has served as visiting professor at City College of New York and Harvard University. From July 2000 until August, 2001, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of Faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Founded in New York City in 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.
Operation REACH, Inc.
Operation REACH is a national non-profit community education resource that assists individuals and communities in reaching new heights in their lives and maximizing their full potential through a zeal for lifelong learning. Since 1999, Operation REACH, Inc. has supported children, youth and families in succeeding in school and life by providing learning opportunities that unleash the magic of learning, leadership and increased social consciousness. Kyshun Webster, former CEO & Founder, presented.
Partnership for Youth Development
Partnership for Youth Development is a New Orleans-based program that helps school-age children and youth maximize their learning opportunities and educational experiences both in and beyond school. Lauren Bierbaum, former Executive Director, shared the programs vision to effectively support the children and youth of New Orleans and Louisiana. Former Deputy Director Lauren Biernbaum presented.
Self Enhancement, Inc.
SEI was founded in 1981 by Tony Hopson as a one-week summer basketball camp aimed at providing a positive alternative for African-American teens. By 1989, SEI grew into a year round program providing academic support and comprehensive wrap-around services for African-American students and their families. SEI opened the Center for Self Enhancement in 1997 to provide a safe haven for thousands of students and serve as the hub for our work in the community. Over the next 20 years, SEI continued to expand programs to provide students and families with a continuum of cradle-to-career services. SEI President and CEO Tony Hopson presented.
URGENT, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Miami, FL based youth and community development organization dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities. Guided by the principles of innovation, growth and transformation URGENT sees young people as the drivers of change and works to provide empowering opportunities to create the next generation of social change agents. Saliha Nelson, Vice President of Urgent, Inc. presented.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S PROJECT
Founded in 1996, by a group that included eight 8th grade students from Brinkley Middle School in Jackson, Mississippi, it is the goal of The Young People's Project to train, employ, and support 1,000 high school students to become Math Literacy Workers (MLWs) over the next 10 years. Great MLWs begin their journey by teaching math to elementary students in their neighborhoods and eventually become engaged citizens prepared to make a difference in their own lives, in the lives of others in their communities, and ultimately in this country. Omo Moses, Co-Director, presented.