Our mission is to cultivate leadership capacity. We will serve all people in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and work to empower the youth in Flint and their communities to give them a voice in the world.
By developing and investing in youth, we desire to transform Flint into a just and equitable city.
At SBEV, our mission is to cultivate leadership capacity. We firmly believe that investing in young people is the key to creating compelling and lasting change in our community. To both give youth a voice in their world and transform Flint into a just and equitable city, we nurture leadership skills and inspire students to be active, informed, and relentless agents for their success. Our programs, services, and opportunities are open to all, regardless of race, gender, or religion and are designed to empower the youth of Flint.
We offer an after-school program called SKY (Skills and Knowledge for Youth), which provides students in grades 6-8 not only tutoring and mentoring but also fun, active, and hands-on learning experiences that encourage teamwork and community. We also offer an adult literacy program, which includes instruction and remediation for reading, language, writing, and primary education to provide learners with the proper direction and tools to meet their education and workforce goals.
Over the last year, we have hosted numerous events at SBEV, including a Summer Slam, Back to School BBQ, a Flint Community Resource Fair through the Black Googler Network, Project Community Connect through Genesee County, and a Community Read discussion, events which brought thousands of community members through our doors, sparked conversations, and improved the quality of lives.
SBEV Grand Opening Celebration, 29 June 2018
Three years ago, we imagined SBEV would become a place where all children from Flint could be given the tools they needed to thrive. That dream is now a reality. On June 29th, 2018, we enthusiastically celebrated how far we have come with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. As we anticipate with optimism all the work ahead, we invite you to learn more about us, support and recommend our activities, and spread the word: our doors are open for everyone!
The following philanthropic organizations have graciously given gifts to SBEV to develop programming and services that help us to empower the youth to transform Flint into a just and equitable city. Please join us in thanking these generous sponsors of our vital work.
We believe that SBEV should be a neighborhood hub where community organizations can host their activities. To that end, we have partnered with the following organizations to bring the community together.