The Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community Based Programs was held at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College on April 12 & 13, 2012. Participants included administrators from after school programs in Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Boston, New Jersey, Cambridge, MA, and Bermuda.
- Meeting Community Needs Through Organizational Mission & Vision: Updates, Challenges and Strategies
- Program Development, Diversity, Scale and Implementation
- Staffing, Professional Development & Collaborative Partnerships
- Program Impact & Outcomes: Evaluation, Research, Accountability Models
- Program Stability: Funding Streams, Development Strategies and Maintaining Mission Integrity
- Effective Leadership, Strategic Planning and Board Development
The structure of the Roundtable is based on the understanding that community-based programs are in a unique and often isolated position. The Roundtable is a small group of invited participants that creates a “think tank” atmosphere and provides a platform for critical discussion, idea diffusion, and constructive feedback. During the meeting the programs further the development of effective models employed by them as well as share the challenges and offer each other support. In addition, the Roundtable seeks to build leadership capacity within participating programs by expanding their leaders’ knowledge, awareness, and skills through expert speakers and trainings.
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.
Phenomenal People, presented by President Margaret Rose Giloth, comes from Bermuda where the program is supporting the phenomenal people of Bermuda in living, loving and learning. In specific, Phenomenal People offers support groups for adult women, youth as well as skills groups for fathers of all ages. Their mission is to foster healthy loving relationships to preserve Bermuda's unique heritage.
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.
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. Associate Director Cidra M. Sebastien presented.
Sherdren Burnside Founding (former) Site Director presented for the College Track located in New Orleans. College Track (formeraly Urban League College Track) is an afterschool college preparatory program that works to increase high school graduation, college eligibility, college enrollment and graduation rates in under-resourced communities.
All Stars Project Inc.
Founded in 1981, All Stars Project (ASP) is a national nonprofit that uses a performance based approach to help tens of thousands of inner-city youth and their families create success in their lives. Dr. Lenora Fulani, Co-founder of the All Stars Project, Inc. and Founder of Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids presented at the Roundtable for her second year. Co-Founder Dr. Lenora Fulani presented.
The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth (TACOLCY) is a non-profit organization located on a 3.5 acre City of Miami Park in the heart of Liberty City. It is a safe haven where children, youth, young adults, families and mentors come together in a variety of activities to strengthen the bonds and skills that produce healthy, educated, confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. Former Executive Director Alison Austin 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.