Neighborhood Benches Commitment To Community
1. Leaders Leadership League Initiative
™ - 13-Month Cohort Place-Based Training focused on, Youth Development & Youth Leadership, Leadership, Mentors (with experience), and apprenticeships.
2. The Projects to College Pipeline Initiative™ - Channeling energy and improving self-esteem. Making college a reality with college visits and college dialogue.
3. Model Change™ - Role Models and Credible Messengers showcasing positive changes to the community (Leading by example). Making sure talking the talk is accompanied with walking the walk.
4. Neighborhood Relation Services™ - Outreach workers that are credible messengers and violence interrupters with knowledge for “what works”. Our NRS team is prepared with Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing and Mental Health first Aid. All NRS are charged with the responsibility to utilize our tools when engaging community members.
5. Neighborhood Benches, Inc. Documentary & Music Group Program™ - WE believe, in order to change a mindset, we must be able to acknowledge how music influences uplift and change cultural beliefs, including the way we understand music. Documenting these changes made in life can be a huge motivator. Being able to review the work you did can also be therapeutic and allows you the time to conduct your own assessment for possible changes.
6. Operation Neighborhood Benches Project Initiative™- NYCHA Initiative: This
initiative builds upon the skills and responsibility of Tenant Associations by
implementing community changes and designing programs. ONBPI utilize outreach methods and NRS participants to influence positive community changes. Other focused areas are: ➔ Bridging the gap between community members, and between community and organizations
➔ Addressing at-risk and deviant behavior of youths
➔ Strengthening TA’s succession planning goals.
➔ Community Project (e.g. community clean-up, beautification, gardening, painting, clothes drive, raising awareness, etc.)
Neighborhood Benches, Inc. is charged with entering some of the most dangerous neighborhoods needing support, attention and resources. The members are encouraged to discuss life and issues impacting the community (e.g. gun violence, domestic violence, autism, cancer, abuse, HIV/AIDS, Leukemia, etc.). Community members are provided with actionable steps to make a difference in their life and others.
The Stanford Social Innovation review Stop Raising Awareness Already “Too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue—such as the danger of eating disorders or loss of natural habitat—without knowing how to translate that awareness into action, by getting people to change their behavior or act on their beliefs. It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications
TypeRena Brown, SW, SIFI
Director of Education
James W. Young III
Director of Community Engagement
It's About The Movement
William M. Evans
Founder & President
We're Committed To Ending Community Violence And Youth Incarceration
NEIGHBORHOOD BENCHES is dedicated to ending community violence and youth incarceration by empowering the impactedcommunity members of violence and incarceration to makeinformed decisions and implement community changes.Youth Development & Youth LeadershipYouth development is a process that prepares a young person tomeet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. Youth leadership is part of the youth development process and support the young person in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out (including the ability to establish support networks in order to fully participate in community life and effect positive social change); and (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998). We acknowledge the strength of our next generation as leaders utilizing restorative practices. Our 13-month program utilizes this practice and builds upon development and leadership. During the process and after completion there is a transitional story to share and we are here to assist. We also offer separate programs and workshops.
"As Leaders we Must Lead and Create a Path, a Path for the Next Generation to Follow and join..."
"A Leader must be Willing to put his Leadership Skills to the Test, This can be Done through Modeling Change as a Mentor..."
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