BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE

Address
507 MCRAE STREET
WILMINGTON, NC 28401
Contact
Website: http://www.brczone.org
Phone: +1 (910) 798-3900
Nonprofit
NTEE: I72 - Child Abuse, Prevention of
EIN: 35-2454819

Mission

CONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS.
 20172016201520142013
Basic features of the organization
Doing business as namePREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE
Year of formation2012
Subsection code03
PF filing required0    
Metropolitan statistical area9200
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$47,940.00$44,037.00$53,994.00  
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$47,940.00$44,037.00$43,167.00$14,835.00 
Number of employees5632 
Number of volunteers42150130  
Personnel
Barfield, Jonathan
TitleVICE CHAIRVICE CHAIRVICE CHAIRDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personJONATHAN BARFIELDJONATHAN BARFIELDJONATHAN BARFIELDJONATHAN BARFIELD 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Current officerTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Blair, Paige
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTOR   
Name of key/compensated personPAIGE BLAIRPAIGE BLAIR   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org4.004.00   
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Bonczek, Mary
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORSECRETARY/TR 
Name of key/compensated personMARY ELLEN BONCZEKMARY ELLEN BONCZEKMARY ELLEN BONCZEKMARY ELLEN BONCZEK 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Current officer   True 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Bryant, Evelyn
TitleDIRECTOR    
Name of key/compensated personEVELYN BRYANT    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org4.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Campbell, Robert
Title DIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person ROBERT CAMPBELLROBERT CAMPBELLROBERT CAMPBELL 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director TrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org 4.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Clayton, Robert
Title  DIRECTOR  
Name of key/compensated person  ROBERT CLAYTON  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director  True  
Average hours per week working for org  4.00  
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00  
Corpening, Carol
Title  DIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person  CAROL CORPENINGCAROL CORPENING 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director  TrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org  4.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00$0.00 
Czechlewski, Scott
TitleDIRECTOR    
Name of key/compensated personSCOTT CZECHLEWSKI    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org4.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
David, Ben
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORVICE-CHAIRVICE-CHAIR 
Name of key/compensated personBEN DAVIDBEN DAVIDBEN DAVIDBEN DAVID 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Current officer  TrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Faison, James
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personJAMES FAISONJAMES FAISONJAMES FAISONJAMES FAISON 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Hall, Jana
Title  EXECUTIVE DIEXECUTIVE DI 
Name of key/compensated person  JANA JONES HALLJANA JONES HALL 
Position of compensated person
Current officer  TrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org  40.0040.00 
Reportable compensation from org  $43,167.00$14,835.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $10,828.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00$0.00 
Halls, Jana
TitleEXECUTIVE DIEXECUTIVE DI   
Name of key/compensated personJANA JONES HALLSJANA JONES HALLS   
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.00   
Reportable compensation from org$47,940.00$44,037.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$2,397.00$7,290.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Hines, Lee
Title DIRECTOR   
Name of key/compensated person LEE HINES   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True   
Average hours per week working for org 4.00   
Reportable compensation from org $0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00   
Houston, Rick
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personRICK HOUSTONRICK HOUSTONRICK HOUSTONRICK HOUSTON 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Jackson, John
Title  DIRECTOR  
Name of key/compensated person  JOHN JACKSON  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director  True  
Average hours per week working for org  4.00  
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00  
Johnson, Althea
TitleDIRECTOR    
Name of key/compensated personALTHEA JOHNSON    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org4.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Johnson, Atiba
Title  DIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person  ATIBA JOHNSONATIBA JOHNSON 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director  TrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org  4.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00$0.00 
Majure-Rhett, Connie
Title DIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person CONNIE MAJURE-RHETTCONNIE MAJURE-RHETTCONNIE MAJURE-RHETT 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director TrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org 4.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Markley, Tim
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personTIM MARKLEYTIM MARKLEYTIM MARKLEYTIM MARKLEY 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
McNinch, Richard
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personRICHARD MCNINCHRICHARD MCNINCHRICHARD MCNINCHRICHARD MCNINCH 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Nelson, Christopher
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTORBoard Member
Name of key/compensated personCHRISTOPHER NELSONCHRISTOPHER NELSONCHRISTOPHER NELSONCHRISTOPHER NELSONChristopher Nelson
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Nelson, Kim
TitleSECRETARYSECRETARYSECRETARY/TRDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personKIM NELSONKIM NELSONKIM NELSONKIM NELSON 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Current officerTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Pollock, Frankie
Title   DIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person   FRANKIE POLLOCK JR 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director   True 
Average hours per week working for org   4.00 
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00 
Prentice, Christopher
TitleTREASURERTREASURERTREASURER  
Name of key/compensated personCHRISTOPHER PRENTICECHRISTOPHER PRENTICECHRISTOPHER PRENTICE  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00  
Rawley, Linda
Title DIRECTORDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person LINDA RAWLEYLINDA RAWLEYLINDA RAWLEY 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director TrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org 4.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00$0.00 
Saffo, Bill
TitleCHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR 
Name of key/compensated personBILL SAFFOBILL SAFFOBILL SAFFOBILL SAFFO 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Current officerTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Shell, Bruce
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTOR   
Name of key/compensated personBRUCE SHELLBRUCE SHELL   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org4.004.00   
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Williams, Donny
TitleDIRECTOR    
Name of key/compensated personDONNY WILLIAMS    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org4.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesCONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS.CONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS.BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTH, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOWBUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE EDUCATED YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTH, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW 
Primary exempt purpose    There were no activities this fiscal yr
Program service expenses, total$250,834.00$220,541.00$243,068.00$190,226.00$0.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION (BRC) IS APPROACHING THE ISSUE OF YOUTH VIOLENCE WITHIN A TARGET GEORGRAPHIC AREA IN THE CITY OF WILMIONGTON, NC KNOWN AS THE YOURTH ENRICHMENT ZONE OR "YEZ", BY INVOLVING COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS, MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS. THE FOCUS IN ON EFFORTS THAT PREVENT VIOLENT BEHAVIOURS IN YOUTH. THE BRC IS TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME BY IDENTIFYING, COORDINATING AND MAKING COMMUNITY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES TO HELP CONNECT NEEDED SERVICES AND REDUCE YOUTH VIOLENCE, THUS CREATING A SAFER, MORE CARING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014 THE BRC PARTNERED WITH BELL (BUILDING EDUCATED LEADERS FOR LIFE) TO TRANSFORM THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, SELF-CONFIDENCE AND LIFE TRAJECTORIES OF CHLDREN LIVING IN THE YEZ. THE FOLLOWING ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE ACHIEVED: 65 STUDENTS WERE ENROLLED AND RECEIVED 130 TOTAL HOURS OF SUMMER LEARNING 91% AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE AN AVERAGE GRADE-EQUIVALENT READING GAIN OF 2 MONTHS FOR ALL STUDENTS AN AVERAGE GRADE-EQUIVALENT MATH GAIN OF 2.4 MONTHS FOR UNDERPERFORMING STUDENTS 93% OF PARENTS REPORTED INCREASED INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION
Program expenses   $190,226.00 
Grants and allocations made   $16,950.00 
Program description   THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION (BRC) IS APPROACHING THE ISSUE OF YOUTH VIOLENCE WITHIN A TARGET GEORGRAPHIC AREA IN THE CITY OF WILMIONGTON, NC KNOWN AS THE YOURTH ENRICHMENT ZONE OR "YEZ", BY INVOLVING COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS, MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS. THE FOCUS IN ON EFFORTS THAT PREVENT VIOLENT BEHAVIOURS IN YOUTH. THE BRC IS TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME BY IDENTIFYING, COORDINATING AND MAKING COMMUNITY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES TO HELP CONNECT NEEDED SERVICES AND REDUCE YOUTH VIOLENCE, THUS CREATING A SAFER, MORE CARING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014 THE BRC PARTNERED WITH BELL (BUILDING EDUCATED LEADERS FOR LIFE) TO TRANSFORM THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, SELF-CONFIDENCE AND LIFE TRAJECTORIES OF CHLDREN LIVING IN THE YEZ. THE FOLLOWING ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE ACHIEVED: 65 STUDENTS WERE ENROLLED AND RECEIVED 130 TOTAL HOURS OF SUMMER LEARNING 91% AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE AN AVERAGE GRADE-EQUIVALENT READING GAIN OF 2 MONTHS FOR ALL STUDENTS AN AVERAGE GRADE-EQUIVALENT MATH GAIN OF 2.4 MONTHS FOR UNDERPERFORMING STUDENTS 93% OF PARENTS REPORTED INCREASED INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION 
THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE (BRC) IS AN INDEPENDENT 501 C (3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OPERATES UNDER THE MISSION OF "CONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS- AND USES A YOUTH FOCUSED, COMMUNITY CENTERED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING YOUTH VIOLENCE. THE BRC OPERATES THROUGH THE ENGAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS THAT WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DISSEMINATION OF EVIDENCE BASED AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE STRATEGIES, INTERVENTIONS, MODEL PROGRAMS, AND TOOLS FOCUSED ON CREATING LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION SOLUTIONS. THE BRC USES AN ALL- ENCOMPASSING HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS ISSUES EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH AND FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY AND FOLLOWS THE PRACTICE OF DOING "WITH" THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF "FOR- OR "TO" THE COMMUNITY BY DIRECTLY INVOLVING Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN EVERY STEP OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS. WITHIN THE PAST YEAR, THE BRC HAS EXPANDED EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SERVE AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO CREATE A SCALABLE AND REPLICABLE MODEL THAT ENSURES THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG SELF-SUFFICIENT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT VALUE AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AND FULLY PREPARE THEM FOR LIFELONG SUCCESS. THE BRC WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 2008 AS AN INITIATIVE UNDER THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA AS A RESPONSE TO THE PREVALENT VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH IN THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE TIME. THE BRC FOLLOWED THE WORK OF THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE BY CREATING A SIMILAR MODEL OF "TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME", AND COMMITTED TO SERVING AN AREA DESIGNATED AS THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE (Y.E.Z), WHICH IS AN 140 SQUARE BLOCK AREA OF THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON. BASED ON THE LATEST CENSUS DATA, THE AVERAGE INCOME FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. IS 14,500. IN 2012 THE BRC HELPED RE-OPEN D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT AND LOW PERFORMANCE AND MOVED THEIR OPERATIONS INTO THE SCHOOL. IN 2013 THE BRC BEGAN OPERATING AS ITS OWN A 501(C) (3) NON-PROFIT WITH THE MISSION OF "BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW" THE BRC HAS SERVED A VITAL ROLE AT D.C. VIRGO ACTING AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TO MEET THE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT D.C. VIRGO WITH A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PARENT ADVOCATE POSITION AND COORDINATION ONGOING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE BRC PARENT ROOM, THE BRC ALSO EXPANDED SERVICES TO NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL IN 2015 BY PROVIDING A SUPPORT POSITION DIRECTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE CAPE FEAR (CIS). THE MAJORITY OF YOUTH LIVING IN THE Y.E.Z. ATTEND SNIPES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, AND NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL. THE BRC CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 300 FAMILIES EACH YEAR IN THIS COMMUNITY. HEMENWAY CENTER: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 BRC MOVED THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO THE HEMENWAY CENTER, A CITY OWNED COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE Y.E.Z. WHERE THEY NOW RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, HOST WEEKLY CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING NUTRITION CLASSES, FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES, AS WELL AS MONTHLY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D.C. VIRGO, THE BRC ALSO FACILITATED THE TURNAROUND SUSPENSION PROGRAM AT THE HEMENWAY CENTER, WHICH WAS AN ALTERNATIVE SUSPENSION PROGRAM FOR D.C. VIRGO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 3-10 DAYS OF OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS RECEIVED ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, ONE ON ONE COUNSELING, AND MENTORING BY QUALIFIED STAFF. PORTIA HINES PARK: PORTIA HINES PARK IS A CITY OWNED PARK LOCATED WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE BRC IN 2012 AND RENOVATED TO INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE, BENCHES, COVERED PICNIC TABLES, AND A "BORN LEARNING TRAIL". IN 2013, THE BRC'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE WAS FORMED AND HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON MAINTAINING CONSISTENT ACTIVITY IN THE PARK. THE BRC HOSTS MONTHLY LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE PARK FOCUSED ON PROMOTING SAFETY, WELLNESS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS. THE BRC IS CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON SEVERAL EXCITING INITIATIVES WITHIN PORTIA HINES PARK INCLUDING A SERIES OF OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PARK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CUCALORUS AND A RENOVATION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A MULTI- PURPOSE ATHLETIC FIELD, A COMMUNITY GARDEN. JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP: THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2011 THROUGH THE GENEROUS FUNDING PROVIDED BY PPD FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A TUITION BASED SCHOLARSHIP TO CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND ADULTS WISHING TO RETURN TO SCHOOL THAT LIVED WITHIN THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE BOUNDARIES. WITH APPROVAL FROM PPD, THE BRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTED TO RENAME THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP THE JAMES H. FAISON JR, SCHOLARSHIP AFTER THE LATE JAMES H. FAISON JR, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE NORTHSIDE AND MADE MANY ADVANCEMENTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE WILMINGTON COMMUNITY WHILE SERVING AS AN EDUCATOR. THE JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FROM THE Y.E.Z. THAT PLAN TO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR STATE UNIVERSITY WITHIN NORTH CAROLINA AND HELPS COVER THE FIRST YEAR OF TUITION. SINCE 2014, FOUR OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO FOUR GRADUATING STUDENTS OF NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL WITH ONE STUDENT ATTENDING DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE/ NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL, TWO STUDENTS ATTENDING NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, AND ONE STUDENT ATTENDING METHODIST UNIVERSITY. VOYAGE INITIATIVE: AS THE BRC CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND SERVICES TO YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THE Y.E.Z., THEY USED EXPERIENCES FROM THE PAST TWO YEARS OF THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE/ BELL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS CONDUCTING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW VOYAGE INITIATIVE, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015-2016. VOYAGE SERVES AS AN ACRONYM FOR: VISON, OPPORTUNITY, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, GUIDANCE, AND EMPOWERMENT. THE PURPOSE OF VOYAGE IS TO IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE MODEL THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF EXISTING RESOURCES AND SERVICES AND TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE EXISTING UNMET NEEDS OF AT-RISK YOUTH AND FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF VOYAGE IS TO EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES THAT SERVE TO BREAK THE LONGSTANDING CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. THE VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS WERE CREATED THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) APPROACH, WHICH FOCUSES ON DEVELOPING THE STRENGTHS WITHIN YOUTH BY FOSTERING ACTIVITIES THAT ENHANCE THEIR COMPETENCE, CONNECTIONS, CHARACTER, CONFIDENCE, AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY AS WELL AS PROMOTING SELF-UNDERSTANDING, SELF-WORTH, AND RESILIENCY. VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS: VOYAGE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR Y.E.Z. STUDENTS IN 1ST-5TH GRADES FROM SNIPES ELEMENTARY AT THE HEMENWAY COMMUNITY CENTER THAT FOLLOWS THE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND INCLUDES: ODAILY HOMEWORK HELP AND TUTORING OWEEKLY YOGA SESSIONS THAT INCORPORATES THE MIND-UP CURRICULUM OENRICHMENT CLASSES TAUGHT BY COLLABORATIVE NON-PROFIT PARTNERS INCLUDING GARDENING, NUTRITION, DRAMA, DANCE, AND OTHERS OONGOING BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT THROUGH UNCW MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK INTERNS. VOYAGE SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM: A STEAM(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH ) FOCUSED PROGRAMS FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS DURING FALL AND SPRING INTERSESSION BREAKS AT D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY THAT INCLUDE: ODAILY ACADEMIC MORNING SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH AND LITERACY INCORPORATED WITHIN A STEAM BASED CURRICULUM TAUGHT BY CERTIFIED MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. ODAILY AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT CLASSES PROVIDED BY BRC COLLABORATIVE NON- PROFIT PARTNERS WEEKLY LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH EXPOSURE TO PLACES IN AND AROUND NEW HANOVER COUNTY. VOYAGE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM: A 5 WEEK TRANSITION SUMMER PROGRAM AT NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL FOR RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS THAT INCLUDES: ODAILY ACADEMIC SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH, LITERACY, AND SESSIONS FOCUSED ON STAE (STRIVING TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE) CURRICULUM, WHICH INCLUDES STUDY SKILLS, TEST TAKING SKILLS, NOTE TAKING, TIME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION ODAILY AFTERNOON SESSIONS FOCUSED ON PARTICIPANTS DESIGNING, PLANNING, AND COMPLETING A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY OWEEKLY JOB SHADOWING TRIPS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES AND WEEKLY SHADOWING TRIPS TO AREA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OA TRIP TO TOUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN RALEIGH, DURHAM, CHAPEL HILL, GR
Program expenses$250,834.00$220,541.00   
Program descriptionTHE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE (BRC) IS AN INDEPENDENT 501 C (3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OPERATES UNDER THE MISSION OF "CONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS- AND USES A YOUTH FOCUSED, COMMUNITY CENTERED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING YOUTH VIOLENCE. THE BRC OPERATES THROUGH THE ENGAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS THAT WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DISSEMINATION OF EVIDENCE BASED AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE STRATEGIES, INTERVENTIONS, MODEL PROGRAMS, AND TOOLS FOCUSED ON CREATING LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION SOLUTIONS. THE BRC USES AN ALL- ENCOMPASSING HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS ISSUES EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH AND FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY AND FOLLOWS THE PRACTICE OF DOING "WITH" THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF "FOR- OR "TO" THE COMMUNITY BY DIRECTLY INVOLVING Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN EVERY STEP OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS. WITHIN THE PAST YEAR, THE BRC HAS EXPANDED EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SERVE AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO CREATE A SCALABLE AND REPLICABLE MODEL THAT ENSURES THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG SELF-SUFFICIENT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT VALUE AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AND FULLY PREPARE THEM FOR LIFELONG SUCCESS. THE BRC WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 2008 AS AN INITIATIVE UNDER THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA AS A RESPONSE TO THE PREVALENT VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH IN THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE TIME. THE BRC FOLLOWED THE WORK OF THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE BY CREATING A SIMILAR MODEL OF "TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME", AND COMMITTED TO SERVING AN AREA DESIGNATED AS THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE (Y.E.Z), WHICH IS AN 140 SQUARE BLOCK AREA OF THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON. BASED ON THE LATEST CENSUS DATA, THE AVERAGE INCOME FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. IS 14,500. IN 2012 THE BRC HELPED RE-OPEN D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT AND LOW PERFORMANCE AND MOVED THEIR OPERATIONS INTO THE SCHOOL. IN 2013 THE BRC BEGAN OPERATING AS ITS OWN A 501(C) (3) NON-PROFIT WITH THE MISSION OF "BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW" THE BRC HAS SERVED A VITAL ROLE AT D.C. VIRGO ACTING AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TO MEET THE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT D.C. VIRGO WITH A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PARENT ADVOCATE POSITION AND COORDINATION ONGOING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE BRC PARENT ROOM, THE BRC ALSO EXPANDED SERVICES TO NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL IN 2015 BY PROVIDING A SUPPORT POSITION DIRECTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE CAPE FEAR (CIS). THE MAJORITY OF YOUTH LIVING IN THE Y.E.Z. ATTEND SNIPES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, AND NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL. THE BRC CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 300 FAMILIES EACH YEAR IN THIS COMMUNITY. HEMENWAY CENTER: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 BRC MOVED THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO THE HEMENWAY CENTER, A CITY OWNED COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE Y.E.Z. WHERE THEY NOW RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, HOST WEEKLY CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING NUTRITION CLASSES, FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES, AS WELL AS MONTHLY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D.C. VIRGO, THE BRC ALSO FACILITATED THE TURNAROUND SUSPENSION PROGRAM AT THE HEMENWAY CENTER, WHICH WAS AN ALTERNATIVE SUSPENSION PROGRAM FOR D.C. VIRGO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 3-10 DAYS OF OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS RECEIVED ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, ONE ON ONE COUNSELING, AND MENTORING BY QUALIFIED STAFF. PORTIA HINES PARK: PORTIA HINES PARK IS A CITY OWNED PARK LOCATED WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE BRC IN 2012 AND RENOVATED TO INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE, BENCHES, COVERED PICNIC TABLES, AND A "BORN LEARNING TRAIL". IN 2013, THE BRC'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE WAS FORMED AND HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON MAINTAINING CONSISTENT ACTIVITY IN THE PARK. THE BRC HOSTS MONTHLY LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE PARK FOCUSED ON PROMOTING SAFETY, WELLNESS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS. THE BRC IS CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON SEVERAL EXCITING INITIATIVES WITHIN PORTIA HINES PARK INCLUDING A SERIES OF OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PARK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CUCALORUS AND A RENOVATION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A MULTI- PURPOSE ATHLETIC FIELD, A COMMUNITY GARDEN. JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP: THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2011 THROUGH THE GENEROUS FUNDING PROVIDED BY PPD FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A TUITION BASED SCHOLARSHIP TO CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND ADULTS WISHING TO RETURN TO SCHOOL THAT LIVED WITHIN THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE BOUNDARIES. WITH APPROVAL FROM PPD, THE BRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTED TO RENAME THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP THE JAMES H. FAISON JR, SCHOLARSHIP AFTER THE LATE JAMES H. FAISON JR, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE NORTHSIDE AND MADE MANY ADVANCEMENTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE WILMINGTON COMMUNITY WHILE SERVING AS AN EDUCATOR. THE JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FROM THE Y.E.Z. THAT PLAN TO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR STATE UNIVERSITY WITHIN NORTH CAROLINA AND HELPS COVER THE FIRST YEAR OF TUITION. SINCE 2014, FOUR OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO FOUR GRADUATING STUDENTS OF NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL WITH ONE STUDENT ATTENDING DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE/ NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL, TWO STUDENTS ATTENDING NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, AND ONE STUDENT ATTENDING METHODIST UNIVERSITY. VOYAGE INITIATIVE: AS THE BRC CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND SERVICES TO YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THE Y.E.Z., THEY USED EXPERIENCES FROM THE PAST TWO YEARS OF THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE/ BELL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS CONDUCTING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW VOYAGE INITIATIVE, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015-2016. VOYAGE SERVES AS AN ACRONYM FOR: VISON, OPPORTUNITY, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, GUIDANCE, AND EMPOWERMENT. THE PURPOSE OF VOYAGE IS TO IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE MODEL THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF EXISTING RESOURCES AND SERVICES AND TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE EXISTING UNMET NEEDS OF AT-RISK YOUTH AND FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF VOYAGE IS TO EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES THAT SERVE TO BREAK THE LONGSTANDING CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. THE VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS WERE CREATED THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) APPROACH, WHICH FOCUSES ON DEVELOPING THE STRENGTHS WITHIN YOUTH BY FOSTERING ACTIVITIES THAT ENHANCE THEIR COMPETENCE, CONNECTIONS, CHARACTER, CONFIDENCE, AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY AS WELL AS PROMOTING SELF-UNDERSTANDING, SELF-WORTH, AND RESILIENCY. VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS: VOYAGE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR Y.E.Z. STUDENTS IN 1ST-5TH GRADES FROM SNIPES ELEMENTARY AT THE HEMENWAY COMMUNITY CENTER THAT FOLLOWS THE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND INCLUDES: ODAILY HOMEWORK HELP AND TUTORING OWEEKLY YOGA SESSIONS THAT INCORPORATES THE MIND-UP CURRICULUM OENRICHMENT CLASSES TAUGHT BY COLLABORATIVE NON-PROFIT PARTNERS INCLUDING GARDENING, NUTRITION, DRAMA, DANCE, AND OTHERS OONGOING BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT THROUGH UNCW MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK INTERNS. VOYAGE SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM: A STEAM(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH ) FOCUSED PROGRAMS FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS DURING FALL AND SPRING INTERSESSION BREAKS AT D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY THAT INCLUDE: ODAILY ACADEMIC MORNING SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH AND LITERACY INCORPORATED WITHIN A STEAM BASED CURRICULUM TAUGHT BY CERTIFIED MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. ODAILY AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT CLASSES PROVIDED BY BRC COLLABORATIVE NON- PROFIT PARTNERS WEEKLY LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH EXPOSURE TO PLACES IN AND AROUND NEW HANOVER COUNTY. VOYAGE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM: A 5 WEEK TRANSITION SUMMER PROGRAM AT NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL FOR RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS THAT INCLUDES: ODAILY ACADEMIC SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH, LITERACY, AND SESSIONS FOCUSED ON STAE (STRIVING TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE) CURRICULUM, WHICH INCLUDES STUDY SKILLS, TEST TAKING SKILLS, NOTE TAKING, TIME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION ODAILY AFTERNOON SESSIONS FOCUSED ON PARTICIPANTS DESIGNING, PLANNING, AND COMPLETING A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY OWEEKLY JOB SHADOWING TRIPS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES AND WEEKLY SHADOWING TRIPS TO AREA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OA TRIP TO TOUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN RALEIGH, DURHAM, CHAPEL HILL, GRTHE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE (BRC) IS AN INDEPENDENT 501 C (3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OPERATES UNDER THE MISSION OF "CONNECTING YOUTH WITH PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS- AND USES A YOUTH FOCUSED, COMMUNITY CENTERED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING YOUTH VIOLENCE. THE BRC OPERATES THROUGH THE ENGAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS THAT WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DISSEMINATION OF EVIDENCE BASED AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE STRATEGIES, INTERVENTIONS, MODEL PROGRAMS, AND TOOLS FOCUSED ON CREATING LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION SOLUTIONS. THE BRC USES AN ALL- ENCOMPASSING HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS ISSUES EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH AND FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY AND FOLLOWS THE PRACTICE OF DOING "WITH" THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF "FOR- OR "TO" THE COMMUNITY BY DIRECTLY INVOLVING Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN EVERY STEP OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS. WITHIN THE PAST YEAR, THE BRC HAS EXPANDED EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SERVE AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO CREATE A SCALABLE AND REPLICABLE MODEL THAT ENSURES THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG SELF-SUFFICIENT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT VALUE AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AND FULLY PREPARE THEM FOR LIFELONG SUCCESS. THE BRC WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 2008 AS AN INITIATIVE UNDER THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA AS A RESPONSE TO THE PREVALENT VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH IN THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE TIME. THE BRC FOLLOWED THE WORK OF THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE BY CREATING A SIMILAR MODEL OF "TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME", AND COMMITTED TO SERVING AN AREA DESIGNATED AS THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE (Y.E.Z), WHICH IS AN 140 SQUARE BLOCK AREA OF THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON. BASED ON THE LATEST CENSUS DATA, THE AVERAGE INCOME FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. IS 14,500. IN 2012 THE BRC HELPED RE-OPEN D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT AND LOW PERFORMANCE AND MOVED THEIR OPERATIONS INTO THE SCHOOL. IN 2013 THE BRC BEGAN OPERATING AS ITS OWN A 501(C) (3) NON-PROFIT WITH THE MISSION OF "BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW" THE BRC HAS SERVED A VITAL ROLE AT D.C. VIRGO ACTING AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TO MEET THE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT D.C. VIRGO WITH A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PARENT ADVOCATE POSITION AND COORDINATION ONGOING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE BRC PARENT ROOM, THE BRC ALSO EXPANDED SERVICES TO NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL IN 2015 BY PROVIDING A SUPPORT POSITION DIRECTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE CAPE FEAR (CIS). THE MAJORITY OF YOUTH LIVING IN THE Y.E.Z. ATTEND SNIPES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, AND NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL. THE BRC CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 300 FAMILIES EACH YEAR IN THIS COMMUNITY. HEMENWAY CENTER: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 BRC MOVED THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO THE HEMENWAY CENTER, A CITY OWNED COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE Y.E.Z. WHERE THEY NOW RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, HOST WEEKLY CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING NUTRITION CLASSES, FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES, AS WELL AS MONTHLY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D.C. VIRGO, THE BRC ALSO FACILITATED THE TURNAROUND SUSPENSION PROGRAM AT THE HEMENWAY CENTER, WHICH WAS AN ALTERNATIVE SUSPENSION PROGRAM FOR D.C. VIRGO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 3-10 DAYS OF OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS RECEIVED ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, ONE ON ONE COUNSELING, AND MENTORING BY QUALIFIED STAFF. PORTIA HINES PARK: PORTIA HINES PARK IS A CITY OWNED PARK LOCATED WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE BRC IN 2012 AND RENOVATED TO INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE, BENCHES, COVERED PICNIC TABLES, AND A "BORN LEARNING TRAIL". IN 2013, THE BRC'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE WAS FORMED AND HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON MAINTAINING CONSISTENT ACTIVITY IN THE PARK. THE BRC HOSTS MONTHLY LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE PARK FOCUSED ON PROMOTING SAFETY, WELLNESS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS. THE BRC IS CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON SEVERAL EXCITING INITIATIVES WITHIN PORTIA HINES PARK INCLUDING A SERIES OF OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PARK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CUCALORUS AND A RENOVATION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A MULTI- PURPOSE ATHLETIC FIELD, A COMMUNITY GARDEN. JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP: THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2011 THROUGH THE GENEROUS FUNDING PROVIDED BY PPD FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A TUITION BASED SCHOLARSHIP TO CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND ADULTS WISHING TO RETURN TO SCHOOL THAT LIVED WITHIN THE YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE BOUNDARIES. WITH APPROVAL FROM PPD, THE BRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTED TO RENAME THE Y.E.Z. SCHOLARSHIP THE JAMES H. FAISON JR, SCHOLARSHIP AFTER THE LATE JAMES H. FAISON JR, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE NORTHSIDE AND MADE MANY ADVANCEMENTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE WILMINGTON COMMUNITY WHILE SERVING AS AN EDUCATOR. THE JAMES H. FAISON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FROM THE Y.E.Z. THAT PLAN TO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR STATE UNIVERSITY WITHIN NORTH CAROLINA AND HELPS COVER THE FIRST YEAR OF TUITION. SINCE 2014, FOUR OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO FOUR GRADUATING STUDENTS OF NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL WITH ONE STUDENT ATTENDING DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE/ NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL, TWO STUDENTS ATTENDING NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, AND ONE STUDENT ATTENDING METHODIST UNIVERSITY. VOYAGE INITIATIVE: AS THE BRC CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND SERVICES TO YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THE Y.E.Z., THEY USED EXPERIENCES FROM THE PAST TWO YEARS OF THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE/ BELL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS CONDUCTING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW VOYAGE INITIATIVE, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015-2016. VOYAGE SERVES AS AN ACRONYM FOR: VISON, OPPORTUNITY, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, GUIDANCE, AND EMPOWERMENT. THE PURPOSE OF VOYAGE IS TO IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE MODEL THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF EXISTING RESOURCES AND SERVICES AND TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE EXISTING UNMET NEEDS OF AT-RISK YOUTH AND FAMILIES. THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF VOYAGE IS TO EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES THAT SERVE TO BREAK THE LONGSTANDING CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. THE VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS WERE CREATED THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) APPROACH, WHICH FOCUSES ON DEVELOPING THE STRENGTHS WITHIN YOUTH BY FOSTERING ACTIVITIES THAT ENHANCE THEIR COMPETENCE, CONNECTIONS, CHARACTER, CONFIDENCE, AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY AS WELL AS PROMOTING SELF-UNDERSTANDING, SELF-WORTH, AND RESILIENCY. VOYAGE YOUTH PROGRAMS: VOYAGE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR Y.E.Z. STUDENTS IN 1ST-5TH GRADES FROM SNIPES ELEMENTARY AT THE HEMENWAY COMMUNITY CENTER THAT FOLLOWS THE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND INCLUDES: ODAILY HOMEWORK HELP AND TUTORING OWEEKLY YOGA SESSIONS THAT INCORPORATES THE MIND-UP CURRICULUM OENRICHMENT CLASSES TAUGHT BY COLLABORATIVE NON-PROFIT PARTNERS INCLUDING GARDENING, NUTRITION, DRAMA, DANCE, AND OTHERS OONGOING BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT THROUGH UNCW MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK INTERNS. VOYAGE SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM: A STEAM(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH ) FOCUSED PROGRAMS FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS DURING FALL AND SPRING INTERSESSION BREAKS AT D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY THAT INCLUDE: ODAILY ACADEMIC MORNING SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH AND LITERACY INCORPORATED WITHIN A STEAM BASED CURRICULUM TAUGHT BY CERTIFIED MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. ODAILY AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT CLASSES PROVIDED BY BRC COLLABORATIVE NON- PROFIT PARTNERS WEEKLY LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH EXPOSURE TO PLACES IN AND AROUND NEW HANOVER COUNTY. VOYAGE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM: A 5 WEEK TRANSITION SUMMER PROGRAM AT NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL FOR RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS THAT INCLUDES: ODAILY ACADEMIC SESSIONS FOCUSED ON MATH, LITERACY, AND SESSIONS FOCUSED ON STAE (STRIVING TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE) CURRICULUM, WHICH INCLUDES STUDY SKILLS, TEST TAKING SKILLS, NOTE TAKING, TIME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION ODAILY AFTERNOON SESSIONS FOCUSED ON PARTICIPANTS DESIGNING, PLANNING, AND COMPLETING A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY OWEEKLY JOB SHADOWING TRIPS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES AND WEEKLY SHADOWING TRIPS TO AREA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OA TRIP TO TOUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN RALEIGH, DURHAM, CHAPEL HILL, GR   
THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE (BRC) WAS FORMED AS AN INITIATIVE TO RESPOND TO THE PREVALENT VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH IN THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE TIME. WITH THE MISSION OF "BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW," THE BRC USES AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS ISSUES EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH AND FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY. THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF A CONTINUUM OF SUPPORT AND SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, THE BRC WORKS WITH COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO PROGRAMS, SERVICES, AND RESOURCES THAT ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING NEEDS: AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS, JOB SKILLS PROGRAMS, PARENTAL SUPPORT, ACCESS TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES, BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AS WELL AS ADDRESSING BASIC NEEDS AND FOOD INSECURITY. FOLLOWING THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE MODEL OF TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME, THE BRC DESIGNATED AN AREA OF THE NORTH SIDE THE "YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE" (Y.E.Z.), WHICH INCLUDES 3 PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND A PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOL. IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE BRC, THE WORK IN THE Y.E.Z. WAS MOSTLY FOCUSED ON WORKING WITH STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOLS AND IN 2012 THE BRC MOVED THEIR OFFICES INTO D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT AND LOW PERFORMANCE, WHICH THE BRC HELPED RE-OPEN. FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS THE BRC HAS SERVED A VITAL ROLE AT D.C. VIRGO ACTING AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TO MEET THE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. THE POPULATION OF D.C. VIRGO IS 96% AFRICAN AMERICAN WITH STUDENTS PERFORMING AN AVERAGE OF 2 YEARS BELOW GRADE LEVEL IN MATH AND LITERACY, AND 98% OF STUDENTS QUALIFIED FOR THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM BEFORE THE SCHOOL BECAME DESIGNATED AS AN ALL FREE LUNCH SCHOOL IN 2014. AFTER FOCUSING ON D.C. VIRGO FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, THE BRC HAS NOW EXPANDED THEIR EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SERVE AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF FAMILIES. WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT D.C. VIRGO WITH A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PARENT ADVOCATE POSITION AT THE SCHOOL, THE BRC HAS ALSO EXPANDED SERVICES TO NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL BY PROVIDING A SUPPORT POSITION DIRECTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE CAPE FEAR (CIS). IN ORDER TO MEASURE THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT THAT THE BRC'S HAS HAD ON THE Y.E.Z. YOUTH DIRECTLY SERVED AT D.C. VIRGO SINCE 2012, THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH UNCW TO DEVELOP A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF A COHORT OF 60 9TH GRADE STUDENTS ATTENDING NHHS THAT THE BRC BEGAN SERVING IN 6TH GRADE, WHICH INCLUDES TRACKING THEM UNTIL THEY COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2019. HEMENWAY CENTER: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 BRC MOVED THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO THE HEMENWAY CENTER, A CITY OWNED COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE NORTH SIDE WHERE THEY NOW RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR 2ND- 6TH GRADE Y.E.Z. STUDENTS FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THE HEMENWAY CENTER IS ALSO USED TO HOST WEEKLY CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING NUTRITION CLASSES, FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES. WEEKLY Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND TEEN COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE ALSO FACILITATED BY THE BRC AT THE CENTER. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D.C. VIRGO, THE BRC ALSO RUNS THE TURNAROUND SUSPENSION PROGRAM AT THE HEMENWAY CENTER, WHICH IS AN ALTERNATIVE SUSPENSION PROGRAM FOR D.C. VIRGO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 3-10 DAYS OF OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION AND PROVIDES A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS RECEIVE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, ONE ON ONE COUNSELING, AND MENTORING BY QUALIFIED STAFF WHILE SERVING THEIR SUSPENSION TERM. PORTIA HINES PARK: PORTIA HINES PARK IS A CITY OWNED PARK LOCATED WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS ADOPTED AND RENAMED BY THE BRC IN 2012. THE PARK WAS ONCE KNOWN AS A GATHERING PLACE FOR HEAVY GANG AND DRUG ACTIVITY AND WAS A PLACE WHERE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN WERE PREVENTED FROM FREQUENTING DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS. IN 2012 THE BRC RENOVATED THE PARK TO INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE, BENCHES, COVERED PICNIC TABLES, AND A "BORN LEARNING TRAIL". THIS INITIATIVE WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A KABOOM GRANT, WHICH LAUNCHED THE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT LED BY THE BRC AND THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA, AND WAS SPONSORED BY BLUE CROSS AND BLUESHIELD OF NC. IN 2013, THE BRC'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE WAS FORMED AND HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON MAINTAINING CONSISTENT ACTIVITY IN THE PARK. THE BRC HOSTS MONTHLY LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE PARK FOCUSED ON PROMOTING SAFETY, WELLNESS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS. THE BRC IS CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON SEVERAL EXCITING INITIATIVES WITHIN PORTIA HINES PARK INCLUDING A RENOVATION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A MULTI-PURPOSE ATHLETIC FIELD AND A COMMUNITY GARDEN. YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE (Y.E.Z.): THE Y.E.Z. HAS A LONG HISTORY OF POVERTY, LOW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES, LOW EMPLOYMENT RATES, AND HIGH CRIME RATES. THE NORTH SIDE BECAME A VERY HOMOGENEOUS REGION OF THE CITY AFTER THE RACE RIOTS OF 1898 WHICH REINFORCED DISCRIMINATORY, OFTEN VIOLENT, AND DEBILITATING POLICIES OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE Y.E.Z. COVERS AN AREA OF ROUGHLY 140 SQUARE BLOCKS THAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE "ZONE", AND THE BRC CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 300 FAMILIES EACH YEAR IN THIS COMMUNITY. IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE LEVEL OF DIRECT INTERACTION WITH Y.E.Z. FAMILIES, THE BRC IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A LONG-TERM PLAN THAT INVOLVES HIRING AND TRAINING COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATORS THAT LIVE IN THE Y.E.Z. NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS PLAN WOULD ENHANCE AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE CURRENT BRC SUPPORT STAFF WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING HOME VISITS, COMPLETING NEEDS ASSESSMENTS, AND CONNECTING Y.E.Z. FAMILIES TO NEEDED SERVICES, RESOURCES, AND PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER AN ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND INCREASE COMMUNITY PROTECTIVE FACTORS WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. VOYAGE INITIATIVE: THE VOYAGE INITIATIVE WILL LAUNCH THIS YEAR AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL OF THE BRC'S YOUTH PROGRAMS. THE NAME VOYAGE ALSO SERVES AS AN ACRONYM TO IDENTIFY ALL OF THE ELEMENTS THAT ENCOMPASS THE BRC'S MISSION AND VISION FOR SERVING YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THE Y.E.Z. WHICH INCLUDE: VISON, OPPORTUNITY, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, GUIDANCE, AND EMPOWERMENT. VOYAGE WAS CREATED THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) APPROACH, WHICH AIMS "TO BUILD ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S STRENGTHS, HELPING THEM CULTIVATE THEIR TALENTS, INCREASE FEELINGS OF SELF-WORTH AND USE THE CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS THEY GAIN TO MAKE POSITIVE, HEALTHY DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO LIVE THEIR LIVES". (NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH) USING THE PYD MODEL, THE VOYAGE PROGRAMS WILL EMPHASIZE PROVIDING SERVICES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT Y.E.Z. YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES IN DEVELOPING A SENSE OF COMPETENCE, USEFULNESS, BELONGING AND EMPOWERMENT AND AIMS TO INVOLVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN DEVELOPING A SHARED VISION FOR SUCCESS. Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE (VOYAGE SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM): AS A RESPONSE TO THE NEEDS EXPRESSED BY PARENTS OF D.C. VIRGO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, THE BRC PILOTED THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE IN 2014 TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AT-RISK 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO A 5 WEEK ACADEMIC AND ENRICHMENT BASED SUMMER PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE. THE MAIN GOALS OF THE PROGRAM ARE TO REDUCE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS AMONG LOW-INCOME STUDENTS WHO ARE AN AVERAGE OF TWO GRADE LEVELS BEHIND IN READING AND MATH, PROVIDE SERVICES AND RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS, AND TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH EXPOSURE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF ENRICHING ACTIVITIES AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES THROUGH AFTERNOON OUTREACH CLASSES AND WEEKLY FIELD TRIPS. THE EVALUATION REPORT FROM THE PILOT PROGRAM SHOWED THAT THE 60 PARTICIPANTS MADE AN AVERAGE OF 2 MONTHS GRADE EQUIVALENT GROWTH IN READING AND 2.4 MONTHS OF GRADE EQUIVALENT GROWTH IN MATH WITH 91% DAILY ATTENDANCE RATE DURING THE 5 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LONG-TERM GOALS OF THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE WAS TO ADVOCATE FOR D.C. VIRGO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEIR FEEDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SNIPES ELEMENTARY TO BECOME YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS, WHICH WOULD PREVENT STUDENTS FROM BEING OUT OF THEIR STRUCTURED SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME DURING THE SUMMER AND WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE INSTRUCTION ON A CONTINUAL BASIS IN ORDER TO PREVENT SUMMER LEARNING LOSS. IN THE SPRING OF 2015 THE NHCS SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE REQUEST FOR BOTH SCHOOLS TO MOVE TO A YEAR ROUND SCHEDULE IN THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH WILL NOW CHANGE THE BRC'S 5 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM INTO A SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE 3 WEEK INTERCESSIONS IN THE FALL AND SPRING WITH A TWO WEEK REMEDIATION SESSION IN THE SUMMER. VOYAGE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 THE BRC EXPANDED THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE TO INCLUDE A PROGRAM FOR RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS CALLED THE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM, WHICH SERVES RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS FROM THE Y.E.Z. THAT W
Program expenses  $243,068.00  
Program description  THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE (BRC) WAS FORMED AS AN INITIATIVE TO RESPOND TO THE PREVALENT VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH IN THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE TIME. WITH THE MISSION OF "BUILDING A COMMUNITY WHERE YOUTH ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, EDUCATED, AND SUCCESSFUL...NOW," THE BRC USES AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS ISSUES EXPERIENCED BY YOUTH AND FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY. THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF A CONTINUUM OF SUPPORT AND SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, THE BRC WORKS WITH COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO PROGRAMS, SERVICES, AND RESOURCES THAT ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING NEEDS: AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS, JOB SKILLS PROGRAMS, PARENTAL SUPPORT, ACCESS TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES, BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AS WELL AS ADDRESSING BASIC NEEDS AND FOOD INSECURITY. FOLLOWING THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE MODEL OF TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK, ONE AREA AT A TIME, THE BRC DESIGNATED AN AREA OF THE NORTH SIDE THE "YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE" (Y.E.Z.), WHICH INCLUDES 3 PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND A PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOL. IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE BRC, THE WORK IN THE Y.E.Z. WAS MOSTLY FOCUSED ON WORKING WITH STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOLS AND IN 2012 THE BRC MOVED THEIR OFFICES INTO D.C. VIRGO PREPARATORY ACADEMY, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT AND LOW PERFORMANCE, WHICH THE BRC HELPED RE-OPEN. FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS THE BRC HAS SERVED A VITAL ROLE AT D.C. VIRGO ACTING AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TO MEET THE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. THE POPULATION OF D.C. VIRGO IS 96% AFRICAN AMERICAN WITH STUDENTS PERFORMING AN AVERAGE OF 2 YEARS BELOW GRADE LEVEL IN MATH AND LITERACY, AND 98% OF STUDENTS QUALIFIED FOR THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM BEFORE THE SCHOOL BECAME DESIGNATED AS AN ALL FREE LUNCH SCHOOL IN 2014. AFTER FOCUSING ON D.C. VIRGO FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, THE BRC HAS NOW EXPANDED THEIR EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SERVE AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF FAMILIES. WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT D.C. VIRGO WITH A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PARENT ADVOCATE POSITION AT THE SCHOOL, THE BRC HAS ALSO EXPANDED SERVICES TO NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL BY PROVIDING A SUPPORT POSITION DIRECTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE CAPE FEAR (CIS). IN ORDER TO MEASURE THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT THAT THE BRC'S HAS HAD ON THE Y.E.Z. YOUTH DIRECTLY SERVED AT D.C. VIRGO SINCE 2012, THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH UNCW TO DEVELOP A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF A COHORT OF 60 9TH GRADE STUDENTS ATTENDING NHHS THAT THE BRC BEGAN SERVING IN 6TH GRADE, WHICH INCLUDES TRACKING THEM UNTIL THEY COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2019. HEMENWAY CENTER: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 BRC MOVED THEIR HEADQUARTERS TO THE HEMENWAY CENTER, A CITY OWNED COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE NORTH SIDE WHERE THEY NOW RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR 2ND- 6TH GRADE Y.E.Z. STUDENTS FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THE HEMENWAY CENTER IS ALSO USED TO HOST WEEKLY CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING NUTRITION CLASSES, FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES. WEEKLY Y.E.Z. COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND TEEN COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE ALSO FACILITATED BY THE BRC AT THE CENTER. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D.C. VIRGO, THE BRC ALSO RUNS THE TURNAROUND SUSPENSION PROGRAM AT THE HEMENWAY CENTER, WHICH IS AN ALTERNATIVE SUSPENSION PROGRAM FOR D.C. VIRGO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 3-10 DAYS OF OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION AND PROVIDES A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS RECEIVE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, ONE ON ONE COUNSELING, AND MENTORING BY QUALIFIED STAFF WHILE SERVING THEIR SUSPENSION TERM. PORTIA HINES PARK: PORTIA HINES PARK IS A CITY OWNED PARK LOCATED WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. THAT WAS ADOPTED AND RENAMED BY THE BRC IN 2012. THE PARK WAS ONCE KNOWN AS A GATHERING PLACE FOR HEAVY GANG AND DRUG ACTIVITY AND WAS A PLACE WHERE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN WERE PREVENTED FROM FREQUENTING DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS. IN 2012 THE BRC RENOVATED THE PARK TO INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE, BENCHES, COVERED PICNIC TABLES, AND A "BORN LEARNING TRAIL". THIS INITIATIVE WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A KABOOM GRANT, WHICH LAUNCHED THE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT LED BY THE BRC AND THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA, AND WAS SPONSORED BY BLUE CROSS AND BLUESHIELD OF NC. IN 2013, THE BRC'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE WAS FORMED AND HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON MAINTAINING CONSISTENT ACTIVITY IN THE PARK. THE BRC HOSTS MONTHLY LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE PARK FOCUSED ON PROMOTING SAFETY, WELLNESS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS. THE BRC IS CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON SEVERAL EXCITING INITIATIVES WITHIN PORTIA HINES PARK INCLUDING A RENOVATION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A MULTI-PURPOSE ATHLETIC FIELD AND A COMMUNITY GARDEN. YOUTH ENRICHMENT ZONE (Y.E.Z.): THE Y.E.Z. HAS A LONG HISTORY OF POVERTY, LOW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES, LOW EMPLOYMENT RATES, AND HIGH CRIME RATES. THE NORTH SIDE BECAME A VERY HOMOGENEOUS REGION OF THE CITY AFTER THE RACE RIOTS OF 1898 WHICH REINFORCED DISCRIMINATORY, OFTEN VIOLENT, AND DEBILITATING POLICIES OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE Y.E.Z. COVERS AN AREA OF ROUGHLY 140 SQUARE BLOCKS THAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE "ZONE", AND THE BRC CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 300 FAMILIES EACH YEAR IN THIS COMMUNITY. IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE LEVEL OF DIRECT INTERACTION WITH Y.E.Z. FAMILIES, THE BRC IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A LONG-TERM PLAN THAT INVOLVES HIRING AND TRAINING COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATORS THAT LIVE IN THE Y.E.Z. NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS PLAN WOULD ENHANCE AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE CURRENT BRC SUPPORT STAFF WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING HOME VISITS, COMPLETING NEEDS ASSESSMENTS, AND CONNECTING Y.E.Z. FAMILIES TO NEEDED SERVICES, RESOURCES, AND PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER AN ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND INCREASE COMMUNITY PROTECTIVE FACTORS WITHIN THE Y.E.Z. VOYAGE INITIATIVE: THE VOYAGE INITIATIVE WILL LAUNCH THIS YEAR AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL OF THE BRC'S YOUTH PROGRAMS. THE NAME VOYAGE ALSO SERVES AS AN ACRONYM TO IDENTIFY ALL OF THE ELEMENTS THAT ENCOMPASS THE BRC'S MISSION AND VISION FOR SERVING YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THE Y.E.Z. WHICH INCLUDE: VISON, OPPORTUNITY, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, GUIDANCE, AND EMPOWERMENT. VOYAGE WAS CREATED THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) APPROACH, WHICH AIMS "TO BUILD ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S STRENGTHS, HELPING THEM CULTIVATE THEIR TALENTS, INCREASE FEELINGS OF SELF-WORTH AND USE THE CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS THEY GAIN TO MAKE POSITIVE, HEALTHY DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO LIVE THEIR LIVES". (NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH) USING THE PYD MODEL, THE VOYAGE PROGRAMS WILL EMPHASIZE PROVIDING SERVICES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT Y.E.Z. YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES IN DEVELOPING A SENSE OF COMPETENCE, USEFULNESS, BELONGING AND EMPOWERMENT AND AIMS TO INVOLVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN DEVELOPING A SHARED VISION FOR SUCCESS. Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE (VOYAGE SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM): AS A RESPONSE TO THE NEEDS EXPRESSED BY PARENTS OF D.C. VIRGO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, THE BRC PILOTED THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE IN 2014 TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AT-RISK 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO A 5 WEEK ACADEMIC AND ENRICHMENT BASED SUMMER PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE. THE MAIN GOALS OF THE PROGRAM ARE TO REDUCE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS AMONG LOW-INCOME STUDENTS WHO ARE AN AVERAGE OF TWO GRADE LEVELS BEHIND IN READING AND MATH, PROVIDE SERVICES AND RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS, AND TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH EXPOSURE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF ENRICHING ACTIVITIES AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES THROUGH AFTERNOON OUTREACH CLASSES AND WEEKLY FIELD TRIPS. THE EVALUATION REPORT FROM THE PILOT PROGRAM SHOWED THAT THE 60 PARTICIPANTS MADE AN AVERAGE OF 2 MONTHS GRADE EQUIVALENT GROWTH IN READING AND 2.4 MONTHS OF GRADE EQUIVALENT GROWTH IN MATH WITH 91% DAILY ATTENDANCE RATE DURING THE 5 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LONG-TERM GOALS OF THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE WAS TO ADVOCATE FOR D.C. VIRGO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEIR FEEDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SNIPES ELEMENTARY TO BECOME YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS, WHICH WOULD PREVENT STUDENTS FROM BEING OUT OF THEIR STRUCTURED SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME DURING THE SUMMER AND WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE INSTRUCTION ON A CONTINUAL BASIS IN ORDER TO PREVENT SUMMER LEARNING LOSS. IN THE SPRING OF 2015 THE NHCS SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE REQUEST FOR BOTH SCHOOLS TO MOVE TO A YEAR ROUND SCHEDULE IN THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH WILL NOW CHANGE THE BRC'S 5 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM INTO A SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE 3 WEEK INTERCESSIONS IN THE FALL AND SPRING WITH A TWO WEEK REMEDIATION SESSION IN THE SUMMER. VOYAGE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM: IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 THE BRC EXPANDED THE Y.E.Z. SUMMER INITIATIVE TO INCLUDE A PROGRAM FOR RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS CALLED THE 9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM, WHICH SERVES RISING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS FROM THE Y.E.Z. THAT W  
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$313,047.00$284,858.00$242,129.00$284,363.00 
Revenue from contributions (total)$292,335.00$266,437.00$228,534.00$283,189.00 
Revenue from noncash contributions   $22,101.00 
Investment income, current yr$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$292,335.00$266,437.00$228,534.00$283,189.00 
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other revenue, current yr$20,712.00$18,421.00$13,595.00$1,174.00 
Program service revenue (total) $0.00$0.00  
Gross receipts$315,943.00$286,792.00$243,444.00$284,363.00 
Sources of contributions
Revenue from gov't grants$124,400.00$104,000.00$72,000.00  
Revenue from all other contributions$167,935.00$162,437.00$156,534.00$283,189.00 
Other types of revenue
Miscellaneous revenue (total)  $24.00$1,174.00 
Net rental income $0.00$0.00  
Net income from fundraising events$20,712.00$18,421.00$13,571.00  
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$291,490.00$241,902.00$256,675.00$202,240.00 
Total functional expenses: program service $250,834.00$220,541.00$243,068.00$190,226.00 
Total functional expenses: management and general$21,882.00$9,913.00$6,791.00$5,499.00 
Total functional expenses: fundraising$18,774.00$11,448.00$6,816.00$6,515.00 
Fees for services
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$136,037.00$110,535.00$115,105.00$119,260.00$0.00
Total assets, beginning of year$110,535.00$115,105.00$119,260.00 $0.00
Total liabilities$3,945.00$0.00$47,526.00$37,137.00$0.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year $47,526.00$37,137.00 $0.00
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr$82,339.00$43,255.00$50,989.00$45,393.00 
Temporarily restricted net assets$49,753.00$67,280.00$16,590.00$36,730.00 
Net assets$132,092.00$110,535.00$67,579.00$82,123.00 
Net assets, beginning of year$110,535.00$67,579.00$82,123.00  
Other liabilities$3,945.00 $260.00$3,450.00 
Cash: non-interest bearing$111,523.00$101,500.00$81,812.00$72,565.00 
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$101,500.00$81,812.00$72,565.00  
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses$21,557.00$42,956.00-$14,546.00$82,123.00 
Advertising (total)$180.00$482.00$1,385.00$401.00 
Accounts receivable, net$18,200.00 $20,320.00$27,994.00 
Accounts payable & accrued expenses  $47,266.00$33,687.00 
Total net assets or fund balances$132,092.00$110,535.00$67,579.00$82,123.00 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$2,720.00$3,938.00$5,727.00$3,398.00 
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members17171816 
Number of independent voting members17171816 
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Cash accounting    True
Accrual accountingTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Tax year start date2016-07-012015-07-012014-07-012013-07-012012-08-12
Tax year end date2017-06-012016-06-012015-06-012014-06-012013-06-01
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Grants to domestic org/gov't >$5k   True 
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990990990990EZ
Reason for form submission
Address change  True  
First filing   True 
Date e-filing submitted2017-11-302017-04-182016-02-252015-01-272013-12-27
IRS schema version2016v3.02015v2.12014v5.02013v4.02012v2.1
Filing identifier201742829349301324201603439349300305201513449349300341201510119349300051201333189349202868
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