GBNCC Collaborative to improve young black and brown mens lives | City of Ideas

Posted 12/24/2012 by Collaborate Boston Application

Issue to be Addressed:
Our young children living in the neighborhoods are facing a lot of challenges. Their environment is infested with all types of violence and discriminations, along with drugs, sex, and gangs. As adults, they will continue to experience other forms of issues that jeopardize life improvement. Trapped into this infernal cycle, their financial and economic situation will not improve, their health will be at jeopardy, and their academic ability will lessen.  They are facing poor nutrition leading to obesity and anemia; their academic achievements will be at stake; and a chaotic financial situation is ahead. Our black and brown young men don’t have to fear for their future.  They need to think about a new path. This is where “our collaborative project” will intervene by offering to a group of 10 to 15 young men the opportunity to improve their lives through three important components that will equip them with the necessary tools to overcome many of the aforementioned challenges. They will learn about financial literacy along with an understanding of the credit system. We will provide them with relevant information about nutrition and how to stay healthy. The group will also benefit from specific academic support toward specific goals.

Project Proposed:
After carefully observing the life of our young black and brown men (Age 9-15) in Mattapan, the collaborative GBNCC-MCHC-KEKE FINANCIALS came up with the idea to implement a three-fold project that will embrace academic support, financial literacy, AND health.
The first segment will focus on specific academic support to be provided.  GBNCC will be in charge of that aspect of the project. The youth will be provided with academic enrichment in the areas of their weaknesses as well as their strengths. The High school-aged participants will receive information about the importance of a college degree in their life.  They will be also encouraged to look up the fields that will generate well-paid jobs in the future, such as engineering, green energy, technology, etc.
The second component will be brought by Keke Financials that will train our youth on how to become credit-worthy in the 21st century. Topics such as personal finance, budget, saving at an earlier age will be taught in a comprehensive manner.
The third aspect will address the health issues. The Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC) will give our youth the opportunity to understand the problems related to obesity, lack of physical activity, limited access to healthy foods.

Role of Collaboration:
In order to implement the proposed project, GBNCC will partner with the Mattapan Health Center and Keke Financial Services, a local private business conducting operations in Mattapan. Each partner will address a specific problem that our young men are facing.  As described above, Keke Financial will prepare the participants to overcome the economic challenges of the future.  MCHC will help the youth stay healthy as a condition for success. GBNCC will help them improve their academic performance.  Learning to manage your finance and your health combined with good academic achievements are the path to success and life improvement.

Impact:
A solid understanding of the credit system through financial literacy classes and a comprehensive teaching on how to stay healthy and to navigate the health system are among the most important skills somebody needs in order to live a better life in this society. At the end of the project, the participants will gain multiple skills.
In terms of financial literacy, they will:
- Know how prepare and execute a budget.
- Be able to open their first bank account with $100.00 minimum (in collaboration with a local bank)
- Be encouraged to create projects that can generate income, such as: Sales of Lemonade, Bake sale, car wash, yard cleaning, snow removal for their neighbors, leaves cleaning, and house chores etc…
- Be financially literate and they will be able to distinguish between Wants vs Needs
- Understand the basics of Credit reporting and the importance of maintaining a good credit score.

Their health skills will considerably improve. They will be familiar with facts related to obesity, transmissible diseases, asthma, diabetes, etc while gaining knowledge of the health system.

They will see school as the unique path for success. Their academic performance will increase and drop out rate will decrease.

Other information:
The collaboration intends to recruit a group of 10-15 brown and black young men in the Mattapan area. The participants will be meeting on a regular basis during the course of the project. But most the contacts will be made through coaching where the youth will be assigned at least one specialist in each field of interest. Discussions will be focused on multiple topics such as: how to become financially sound, how to stay healthy, and how one can attain academic success.
The participants will be given also the opportunity to visit some financial institutions, colleges, and other work place in order to familiarize with the job market.

At the end of the project, we will help the participants set an attainable goal of saving $2,500 during the next 2 or 3 years. Should they succeed, they can use this money toward buying their first laptop or tablet and set of books when they going to college.

Primary Contact:
Rev. Dr Zephir founded the Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Center in 1996. He serves as the Coordinator of the Nazarene Compassionate Centers USA/Canada among the Haitian churches. As the founder and executive director of GBNCC, he formulates and articulates the vision for all GBNCC programs and services and is responsible for external relations with funders, partners and community members. Rev. Zephir received his Diploma of Ministerial Study from the Gordon Conwell Seminary. He received his Doctorate in Divinity at Slidell Baptist Seminary in 2008. He serves as the Senior Pastor of the Haitian Church of the Nazarene Friends of the Humble in Mattapan. He has completed the National Faculty Training Program of the National Faith Leaders Training Institute, and has been ranked as a “Lead Trainer” for future NFLTI sessions. In 2011 he was awarded Pastor of the Year by the New England District Church of the Nazarene.
Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center:
The Greater Boston Nazarene was founded by Rev Pierre-Louis Zephir in 1996. The Center provides human services in a wide range area including food pantry, youth services (After School program, Summer Enrichment Program, and culture for Change project), Health Education and Prevention, Adult Education(ESOL, Computer Literacy), and Case Management services. Its mission is to provide relief to the most vulnerable, distressed and underprivileged, undeserved, under-represented people of the greater Boston area, with a particular emphasis on the Haitian community, Immigrants and the youth in Mattapan, Dorchester and the vicinity.

Partner 1:
Dieufort J. Fleurissaint is the founder and CEO of Keke Financial Services and Keke insurance Group Inc. Those two institutions are well known in the Mattapan-Dorchester area where businessmen and business women and individuals receive financial advices and fulfill other business needs. From 2000 to 2005, Fleurissaint was a senior loan consultant at Cornerstone Mortgage Corporation           in Waltham, MA. Provide Financial Needs Analysis through Asset management, Asset Allocation. He holds an Associate Degree in Accounting/Business administration at Bunker Hill Community College. He received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Gordon College and Master degree in Divinity from the same Institution.  Fleurissaint is an active member of GBIO and he has served in multiple boards, such as CCHER, Voice of Tabernacle Community Center, etc.  He is currently  President TAC (True Alliance Center) and a Member  of the  Steering Committee  of Mattapan United

Partner 2:
Sharon T. Callender, RN, MPH is the Coordinator of Family and Community Health Services at Mattapan Community Health Center, in Mattapan, MA, where she is responsible for the administration and management of clinic-based public health programs, initiatives and services.  Ms. Callender’s extensive nursing career includes a strong background in public health where she has focused on public and community health issues.  Ms. Callender is a native Bostonian and received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Northeastern University and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Callender is active in many community organizations, has served on several local and state Boards, and is a mentor for nursing students in the Dotson Program at Simmons School of Nursing and Allied Health, for a select group of nurses in the National Black Nurses Association Mentoring Program and is a mentor for the Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) at Boston University School of Public Health.  She is a past President of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. located in Silver Spring, Maryland. She and her husband Bruce are the proud parents of two adult sons, Anthony and Vincent.

Mattapan Community Health Center is a 501C3 health care organization. Founded in 1972, Mattapan Community Health Center is the only comprehensive health care facility in Mattapan and Hyde Park.  Although there are a few independent private medical and dental practices, these are limited in the scope of services they can provide to residents in both communities.  In these service areas MCHC offers the following clinical, public health, and social programs under one roof that allows for better access and coordination of services

MCHC has a 40 year history of providing health care services for its patients and the community. We have worked with other CBOs to address health and social issues disproportionately affecting the diverse Black/African American resident of Mattapan. Having health resources and services available to address their needs is the main goal of the health center.

Partner 3:
Dieufort J. Fleurissaint is the founder and CEO of Keke Financial Services and Keke insurance Group Inc. Those two institutions are well known in the Mattapan-Dorchester area where businessmen and business women and individuals receive financial advices and fulfill other business needs. From 2000 to 2005, Fleurissaint was a senior loan consultant at Cornerstone Mortgage Corporation           in Waltham, MA. Provide Financial Needs Analysis through Asset management, Asset Allocation. He holds an Associate Degree in Accounting/Business administration at Bunker Hill Community College. He received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Gordon College and Master degree in Divinity from the same Institution.  Fleurissaint is an active member of GBIO and he has served in multiple boards, such as CCHER, Voice of Tabernacle Community Center, etc.  He is currently  President TAC (True Alliance Center) and a Member  of the  Steering Committee  of Mattapan United
Keke Financial Services is a financial institution operating in the Mattapan area providing a variety of services designed to meet the needs of the community.  The company is established since 2001 to empower individuals to take full control of their financial destiny. To meet the needs of the people, the company organizes workshops and seminar designed to fulfill that need. We are located at 1550 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA  02126
The following services:
-Income taxation
-Real Estate
- Insurance
-Family budget
-College saving
-Retirement saving

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  • # Ety's gravatar Ety said:
    6/16/2017 4:16 PM

    That's a subtle way of thinnikg about it.