Black Positive People : The Brotherhood Crusade

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    WRITTEN BY CHARISSE BREMOND WEAVER
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    Charisse Bremond Weaver
    President/ CEO
    Forty-two years ago, a group of like-minded individuals formed the Brotherhood Crusade (originally known as the Black Congress) with little more than an ideology and $15,000.00 in seed money from my late father Walter Bremond, Founder. Today, their mandate to empower and uplift their community—both economically and socially— remains critically integral to those who are looked to be ostensibly beyond help.
    As a consequence of your generous support, the seed they planted 42 years ago continues to be irrigated and infused with nutrients and has germinated into a tree of life for thousands of South Los Angeles and surrounding community residents. The pulse of Brotherhood Crusade remains on the needs of the community and the significance of your work through our community partnerships is evidenced by a plethora of highly-effective programs and services that are beneficial to those needs. We are proud to provide high-quality, life-changing youth development; technological education; financial literacy; educational enrichment; socio-behavioral life skills and social development; mentoring; vocational training; violence and gang prevention; mental health; and health education programs and services. These opportunities are well-coordinated, comprehensive in nature, and free to our constituencies. They represent the best promising practices for such services as measured and demonstrated through extensive evaluation and monitoring.
    Moreover, our viability is substantiated by the partners that we have attracted. The individuals with whom we share and collaborate with and who have championed our causes and give of their time, resources and energy to assist those that we serve. Indeed, it is this network of support that has effectuated a median 175% improvement in academic performance among severely under-performing youth, identified and brought healthcare assistance to hundreds of individuals who were previously unaware of their illness, and caused thousands of families to significantly improve their quality of life. We are truly humbled by these alliances and proud of the countless achievements made possible as a result. Accordingly, we will continue to be diligent in further developing meaningful programs and services that align with our mission and meet the ever-changing needs of those whose lives we impact.
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    Every youth enrolled in Brotherhood Crusade’s year-round youth development programs is comprehensively assessed academically, socio-behaviorally, and physically prior to enrollment. An individual plan is prepared for all participants that outline their needs in each of these areas. Participants then receive free remedial education, academic assistance, educational enrichment, mental health, and comprehensive health (for them and their families regardless of financial or legal status) services. As a result, program participants have increased their academic proficiency by 132% on average and reduced their incidents of tardiness, truancy, crime, delinquency, and inappropriate behavior. These fee-free programs include GRYD, Mentor and Me, Brother to Brother, SES, and March to 1000.

    Brotherhood Crusade’s gang reduction efforts under the Youth Development Program have been so successful that the program was nominated for the National Criminal Justice Association 2009 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services California Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (CalGRIP).



    GRYD:The Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program targets 10-15 year old youth residing or dwelling in the Southwest (Exposition Park) area of South Los Angeles whose academic proficiency level is three or more grade levels below their current enrollment grade and whose socio-behavioral beliefs are accepting of delinquency. The median academic proficiency of our GRYD program youth is third grade level (n = 108) despite the fact that the majority of our participants are 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students. Moreover, all GRYD program youth exhibit greater than 75% of the risk factors that contribute most to youth joining gangs, engaging in delinquency, or dropping out of school. GRYD program sites include Manual Arts High School, Foshay Learning Center, Menlo Elementary School, the EXPO Center, and the African American Unity Center.
    Mentor and Me:Housed at Horace Mann Junior High School, Mentor and Me provides mentorship opportunities to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Academic, socio-behavioral, and pro-social mentoring are featured.
     
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    Published on May 22, 2012 by CalfundTV
    KABC7's Amy Powell interviews Lazarrius Taylor, a 17-year-old youth currently part of the California Community Foundation's BLOOM Initiative, George Weaver from the Brotherhood Crusade (BLOOM community partner) and Robert Lewis from CCF.

    BLOOM is a $5 million, five-year initiative that seeks to contribute a minimum 10% reduction in prison incarceration among 14-18 year old Black males in Los Angeles who have been involved in the county probation through improved educational and employment opportunities.

     
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    VIDEO HERE: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/...-Taylor-Recounts-His-Time-in-Africa/176535951

    From South LA to Africa, Teen Turns His Life Around
    Lazarrius Taylor’s probation after a robbery arrest at age 14 involved his joining the Brotherhood Crusade mentoring program. The organization sent him to Africa, where he says he learned to appreciate life and understood that he had the ability to help others. "I felt like Kobe Bryant out there," Lazarrius laughs.​
     
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