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About us The Better Method Development Center (BMDC) Project is an joint eﬀort started by Saladin Jeru-Ahmed, Director of BMDC and Curtis Yarbrough, ex-professional basketball player and teacher. Mr. Yarbrough has recently been named Director of Sports and Fitness for the Better Method Development Center located in Northeast, Washington, D.C. BMDC was founded by General Hassan, an active p articipant in previous civil rights movements in 1969. Throughout the years, Hassan’s organization serviced the community through numerous outreach programs and eﬀorts for at-risk youth, ex-oﬀenders, and families in transition within the D.C. area. About two years ago, General Hassan's son Saladin Jeru-Ahmed, who has taken over BMDC, acquired a new building space. Unfortunately, they are having trouble with ﬁnancial stability, which in turn is causing diﬃculties in terms of funding activities for the center. As a result, the building has a lack of working utilities and will be potentially sold if ﬁnancial troubles cannot be resolved. The building is 55,000 sq. ft. and has the capability to support over 300 kids; however, it currently is only able to support 50 kids for tutoring and ﬁtness activities. Without the propefunding for this center, these numbers could easily diminish causing even more children to be left without a place to go for after-school and weekend activities. Our team is now taking matters into our own hands in order to increase fundraising eﬀorts for this project.
Mission & Goal Our mission is to provide high quality programs that improve the lives of at-risk DC youth and address the challenges that prohibit or interfere with their their natural ability to become successfull learners and become future leaders and better citizens. The BMDC Project is a fundraising and marketing program for The Better Development Center. The BMDC Project’s goal is to raise money every month/year to fund different education programs in the center as well as renovating and ultimately buying their new building space. 01
HELP US RAISE
HELP US GROW The BMDC Project, is a start-up project for a non-profit organization whose 1st mission is to raise money (goal is $30 million) to build a performing arts, mentoring and coaching center for intercity children and in DC. We are super excited to help and be part of a great venture. Currently, we are looking for help and sources to get this project moving. We will work around you and your time, and place that you prefer. So if you have some free time and would like to help we would love to have you! Students are welcomed. Internships are available. We are looking to build a CREATIVE team to organize Big Events to raise money for our cause like a charity boxing match, fashion show, benefit concerts with various artists and much more! We need people from different fields anywhere to photographers, bloggers, web designers, people with experience with tv production, writers for our website, tumblr page and blog. Again, this is a start-up non-profit with big dreams to help the unprivileged children of the DC so any skills and/or suggestions that you can bring to the table are welcomed and appreciated. Over all the main goal is to see this and all our future missions prosper.
EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS NEEDED: •Computers (DELL models/Windows 7) •Study/Research Text Books •Pens & Pencils •Printers/Copiers •Scanners •Notebooks/Folders/Writing Paper •Music Recording Tools •Art Supplies w/Adobe Creative Suite 5 •Cameras/Video Recorders •Office Telephones •GYM/workout equipment •Alarm/Security System
Our Team We presently have a volunteer staﬀ and their positionsare as follows; Toyria Cromer-Bruhier - INSTRUCTOR (AT-RISK SPECIALIST) Brian Coleman - INSTRUCTOR (MATHEMATICS & SCIENC TUTOR) JEROME MACKLIN - INSTRUCTOR (ARTS & HUMANITIES) Salidin Jeru-Ahmed - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CARL E. HARRIS (SECURITY) Zelphia Turner (CERTIFIED HIV COUNSELOR) CURTIS YARBOROUGH (BASKETBALL INSTRUCTOR) _____________________FITNESS INSTRUCTOR _____________________CULINARY & ARTS INSTRUCTOR _____________________ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT _____________________ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT _____________________LEGAL DEPARTMENT _____________________STUDIO TECHNICIAN _____________________STUDIO TECHNICIAN _________________GROUNDS KEEPING MAINTENANCE ______________________DRIVER ____________________AUTOMOTIVE INSTRUCTOR
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Saladin Jeru-Ahmed, Executive Director BMDC’s Executive Director Saladin Jeru-Ahmed has had several interviews from media cuasing a great visibility for our agency. He has been interviewed a total of four times to date on following topics: - Washington Wizards basketball star Gilbert Arenas takes gun into the locker room - How psychosocial disorders need to be identiﬁed with early and early detection can prevent these issues. - Saladin Jeru-Ahmed saves a life of a tractor trailer driver that ﬂipped over on Indianhead highway and that demonstrates the civil commitment that we keep in our character. - Saladin Jere-Ahmed was interviewed by Channel, 5, 7, and 9 in reference to medical marijuana cultivation centers brought to Ward 5 and how they could negatively impact the community and the youth center that we presently occupy if educational seminars are not conducted and safeguards are not implemented. Saladin Jeru-Ahmed was interviewed by Dianna Broomﬁeld radio station 95.9 WPGC about the youthdevelopment complex and our aspirations for BMDC and how we inted to positively impact the community.
Our Services LITERACY & EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT
WORK SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
COMPUTER SKILLS TRAINING
SPORTS & FITNESS
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELING
ARTS & CULTURAL ENRICHMENT
COMMUNITY SERVICE SITE
OUR CORE SKILLS & ABILITIES THAT ENABLE OUR ORGANIZATION TO SUCCEED Our teams has expertise in creating consensus among diverse constinuencies of subordinates and peers fororganizational visions and strategic plans. Experience in managing and coordinating diverse teams to enhance cultural competence and how to begin, manage and run small businesses that will teach youth valuable lessons in a project based environment how to acclimate to society. Our board and our staff have skills setsthat are correctly aligned to impliment the proper neccesary changing patterns and to recognize earlydetection of physiological issues preventing social breakdown and or desperate violent acts. We recognizethe importance of the well balanced individual effort and all tenants of well-balanced human being.
WHAT DISTINIGUISHES US FROM SIMILAR ORGANIZATONS One distinguishing trait of BMDC is that most of the board and leadership are products of the community they serve. Having a shared background with at-risk youth engenders in BMDC leadership a steadfast commitment, passion and sensitivity to address the issues facing today’s troubled youth. As a result, our approach relects commitment. We have designed community support systems that meet each where they are andselect appropriate programs that best assess their needs and created successful outcomes in their lives.
HOW WE PLAN TO MEASURE THE EFFECITIVENESS OF OUR PROGRAM We will contract a third party evaluator to measure and track the eﬀectiveness of our pilot program. We will also initiate benchmarks to include formal and informal assessment methods. Care and attention will be paid to monitor on a weekly basis accoding to perofrmance gains, academic improvement and attitude and behavior. We will also measure the eﬀectiveness by monitoring the job placement adter the acquisition of employ-ability skills.
OUR MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND MILESTONES (1) We were the ﬁrst licensed Detoxiﬁcation center in the Disctrict of Columbia. (3) We have been successful in creating the awareness of our agency as it relates to youth andcitizenship by partnering with the Justice System at D.C. Superior Courthouse and actively serve as a Community Service Provider. (5) In 2012 We fed 300 people from our homeless community gourmet meals for Thanksgiving with no income streams or no support and they were fed by Washington Redskins and celebrity guests.
'SERVING up hope' THANKSGIVING EVENT
(7) We have been able to raise the awareness to the import civil act that an individual can perform (VOTING RIGHTS). (8) We have been able to establish relationships with faith-based organizations from out community & engage them in joint eﬀorts to clean our community. (9) We have been able to contact and have successful dialogue and interaction with Judges from Superior Court, Council Members, Clergy, Imams, Community Investment Groups and 05
2013 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM This past summer we gave the youth an enrichment program over the summer that gave them workshops & assignments the following: - FINE ARTS - FITNESS -HEALTH/NUTRITION - WORK SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The youth pictured here took home very valuale skills & lessons that prepared them to focus on a career that would best suit them during and after high school. They became well-rounded with a sense of responsibilty and purpose in their daily lives.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MAYOR, VINCENT GRAY To the suprise of BMDC, the honorable D.C. Mayer Vincent Gray made a visit to gain more of an understanding of what it is we do & accomplish in the present & future. The Mayor Gray and a few of board member took the time to discuss the progress and improvement of the program. This was deďŹ nitely a highlight moment for BMDC due to the fact our cause needs as much media publicity as possible to reach at-risk youth and others in need of support services from our center. 06
WHAT ARE OUR ONGOING PROJECTS, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND THEIR OBJECTIVES? We presently operate as a thrid party custody organization (Through Superior courts ore-adjudicated referrals can be released to our program). We are presently revamping our program to better serve referrals so have not been accepting any new clients until the funding is secured. Our core project is to create the Capital Campaign to buy our new facility that we presently occupy, continue to serve as a Community Service Provider. Our core program is to replicate the HSRA (www.hsra.org) program as the model for the youth that we serve at our community center. Finish renovations and design our space to accommodate our present needs and phase our project to meet the blueprint design. The that we have now is the arts and humanities component and health awareness component. Our objective is to create a ďŹ tness center and sports learning complex in collaboration with the school and to have instructors creat jobs, raise health awareness, decreas recidivism, create alternatives to incarceration, and improve the quality of education.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF EACH OF YOUR CORE PROJECTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES? PLEASE VISIT WWW.BETTERMETHODDC.ORG TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COSTS OF PROGRAM.
FUNDING/SUPPORT WE RECEIVING FUNDING & SUPPROT FROM ORGANIZATIONAL FUNDRAISING (EVENTS, DRIVES, ETC.)
EDNA MCCONNELL CLARK FOUNDATION
MERCEDES-BENZ OR ARLINGTON, VA
THE HOME DEPOT
HAMILTON, BOOZE AND ALLEN
HOW HAS PAST FINANCIAL SUPPORT BEEN USED?
Past financial support has been used to pay forindividual efforts to serve the community and youth of our community for purpose intended. Additional support is needed to maintain rent and consistancy of the program. WHAT IS YOUR FUNDING GOAL FOR 2013?
$5,000,000.00 HOW WILL YOU USE THE FUNDING YOU RECEIVE?
The funding shall be used to revitalize the Better Method Development Center and launch a Capital Campaign to secure our facility and continue to serve.
HOW WILL YOU USE THE FUNDING YOU RECEIVE? The expenditures are directly related to our mission because the community that we serve is where the center is presently located and the youth community desperately need these services because the area is not productive and is disenfranchised.
WHAT ARE OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
It is our organizationâ€™s plan going forward to build at our present Youth Development and Empowerment Center that features the components neccesary to engage and motivate youth to becoming viable citizens that contribute to community society as a whole.
The types of programs that we intend to provide are educational in nature. We intend to have an Urban Farming project, a Green Energy Conservation project, a summer enrichment series and others. The types of services that we will be providing are Educational Enrichment (tutoring), Athletics (Sports & Exercise), Healthy eating, HIV Awareness program, boxing programs, Swimming programs, and etiquette classes.
Our organizations plan going forward in reference to technology is to partner with STEM based organizations to give the youth the properfoundation to seek technical jobs and computer training.
CLOSING STATEMENT Our beneďŹ ciaries will be better as a result of our future plans because they include technological advances and Science Technology Engineering and Math which once the individual learner has overcome other challenges in life learning lessons will empower the same person to learn whatever they can be exposed to that it creates balance and conďŹ dence to do anything.
PLEASE DONATE & VOLUNTEER We greatly appreciate donation oďŹ€ers & any other relevant contributions that will help to fund our cause.
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