Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village

Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village At the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (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.
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The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village is composed of long time Flint residents, community members, stakeholders, and newcomers that call Flint home.This group of individuals is committed to being part of an equitable resurgence of Flint, Michigan by investing in its young people. The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village serves as a pillar of community life for the city of Flint. Although we particularly focus on the northern region of Flint where people, institutions, economies, and infrastructure have been impacted by disinvestment and isolation for several decades, our long term goal of the is to provide young people of the entire city a space to heal, learn, develop, lead, and invest in their individual development, as well as the development of their communities.

Mission: 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.

Today! SBEV hosts a Food Box Drive every Thursday starting at 4 pm where we give fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dair...
05/28/2020

Today! SBEV hosts a Food Box Drive every Thursday starting at 4 pm where we give fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dairy. Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. We hope to see you all today!

Our Food Boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, Flint Fresh Food Hub, Toyota USA, & Community Foundation of Greater Flint

05/28/2020

Today! SBEV hosts a Food Box Drive every Thursday starting at 4 pm where we give fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dairy. Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. We hope to see you all today!

Our Food Boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, Flint Fresh Food Hub, Toyota USA, & Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Tomorrow! Our weekly Food Box Drive starts at 4 pm on Thursdays. Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our Fo...
05/27/2020

Tomorrow! Our weekly Food Box Drive starts at 4 pm on Thursdays. Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve.

Our Food Boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, Flint Fresh Food Hub, Toyota USA & Community Foundation of Greater Flint

05/27/2020

Join a live webinar that teaches Michigan girls about pursuing a career in athletics! Presented by the Marc & Kiki Barnes Foundation, this webinar will cover "Getting in Formation For Success For Teens."

When: June 5th (1:00 pm CST, 2:00 pm EST)
Who: All Michigan girls ages 13-18
To Register: https://bit.ly/sywaciamichigan

Join a live webinar that teaches Michigan girls about pursuing a career in athletics! Presented by the Marc & Kiki Barne...
05/27/2020

Join a live webinar that teaches Michigan girls about pursuing a career in athletics! Presented by the Marc & Kiki Barnes Foundation, this webinar will cover "Getting in Formation For Success For Teens."

When: June 5th (1:00 pm CST, 2:00 pm EST)
Who: All Michigan girls ages 13-18
To Register: https://bit.ly/sywaciamichigan

XPRIZE and E-Line Media are hosting a Code Games challenge for kids ages 10-18! In this global game-making challenge, ki...
05/26/2020
2020 Code Games Challenge

XPRIZE and E-Line Media are hosting a Code Games challenge for kids ages 10-18! In this global game-making challenge, kids are invited to create an original video game for a chance to win cash prizes. We encourage SBEV kids to get involved and get creative!

To register for updates and submit your game: https://www.codegameschallenge.org/default.aspx

Creating a better world starts with imagining one. Young innovators ages 10-18 across the globe are invited to create original video games. Presented by Endless and developed by XPRIZE Connect and E-Line Media

Happy Memorial Day from SBEV! We would like to thank those who served and remember those who sacrificed for our freedom....
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day from SBEV! We would like to thank those who served and remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. We hope everyone had a safe and healthy memorial day weekend.

A #completecount of the City of Flint ensures billions of federal funding for our communities! An undercount for the nex...
05/23/2020

A #completecount of the City of Flint ensures billions of federal funding for our communities! An undercount for the next 10 years would cause a major cut in funding from the Federal government. 10 minutes of your day will impact your community for 10 years! #Everyonecounts

To Respond:
Online: https://2020census.gov/
Phone: 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

Image by Anna Wang from #CreativesForTheCount

Get your practice in at home! With instructional videos from our coaches, and videos from CLJ Soccer Training and Jr. NB...
05/22/2020

Get your practice in at home! With instructional videos from our coaches, and videos from CLJ Soccer Training and Jr. NBA your kids can stay active and have fun doing the sports they love!

Check out our Virtual webpage for all of our Virtual Program resources: sbev.org/virtual-program

05/21/2020
Food Box Drive Today!

We're hosting our weekly Food Box Drive today at 4 pm at the SBEV building! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve.

This week, our food boxes are sponsored by @flintfreshfoodhub. Our other sponsors are @islamicreliefusa, @toyotausa, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Mark your calendars for tomorrow's Food Box drive at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. This week, o...
05/20/2020

Mark your calendars for tomorrow's Food Box drive at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve.

This week, our food boxes are sponsored by Flint Fresh Food Hub. Other sponsors include Islamic Relief USA, Toyota USA, and Community Foundation of Greater Flint

05/19/2020
Piano Fundamentals #1 - 2 Black Key Sets // SBEV Music Program

Our SBEV YouTube channel has new videos for our music explorers! Check out the videos below:

Piano Fundamentals #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-GtVzn7ijM

Piano Fundamentals #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Dyh2Vfz54

Guitar String Names: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYz4zgZrDbA

In this video, you'll learn about the set of two black keys with Coach Cole. This video is part of the SBEV virtual program. For accompanying piano materials...

MSU and 4-H Clubs are offering two fun virtual clubs for kids to enjoy! Registration is required to attend. How to Survi...
05/18/2020

MSU and 4-H Clubs are offering two fun virtual clubs for kids to enjoy! Registration is required to attend.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (May 18th-May 23rd @ 3-4 pm): bit.ly/4-HZombies

Games over Zoom (May 26th-June 11th @ 3-4 pm): bit.ly/4-HGames

SBEV is continuing to inspire and engage Flint students with our virtual program and resources! Go to our website to acc...
05/17/2020

SBEV is continuing to inspire and engage Flint students with our virtual program and resources! Go to our website to access our virtual program: sbev.org/virtual-program

#everyonecounts in the #2020census! Encourage your friends and family to respond to the 2020 Census online, on the phone...
05/16/2020

#everyonecounts in the #2020census! Encourage your friends and family to respond to the 2020 Census online, on the phone, or by mail!

Online: https://2020census.gov/
Phone: (English) 844-330-2020 (Spanish) 844-468-2020

Image by Teja Foster from #CreativesForTheCount

05/15/2020
Tapology - Lesson Three // SBEV Virtual Tapology Program

We have new Tapology videos uploaded to our Youtube channel! Your kids can have fun and practice at home with these instructional videos.

To watch Lesson 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcr6yAre_5Y

To watch Lesson 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR1fV61DfaE

For more Virtual Program resources, visit our webpage: sbev.org/virtual-program

This is Lesson 3 for the Tapology Program taught by Instructor Emani Davis. This video is part of our NEW SBEV Virtual Program. Visit our website for the Goo...

05/14/2020
Food Box Drive Every Thursday!

Rain or shine, SBEV hosts a Food Box drive every Thursday at 4 pm! We hope to see you today! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our food boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and Flint Fresh Food Hub

We hope to see you all tomorrow for our Food Box drive at 4! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our Food B...
05/13/2020

We hope to see you all tomorrow for our Food Box drive at 4! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our Food Boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and Flint Fresh Food Hub

05/12/2020
Basketball at SBEV

Brush up on your skills with the Jr. NBA Basketball drills you can practice at home!
For the JrNBA website, visit: https://jr.nba.com/jrnbaathome/
For more of our virtual program resources, visit: sbev.org/virtual-program

05/11/2020
SBEV & Flint Fresh

Every Thursday, SBEV and Flint Fresh are here for our families! Our Food Boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and Flint Fresh Food Hub

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Happy Mother’s Day from SBEV!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day from SBEV!

05/10/2020
We’re all Girl Scout! Are you?

Girl Scouts and Discovery Education provide educational STEM resources for girls and families to learn from! From learning about recycling to marine conservation to space suits, your kids will be engaged with these fun activities.

Go to our Virtual Program webpage to access PDF files in both English and Spanish of STEM activities that you and your children can work on together: sbev.org/virtual-program

https://vimeo.com/295383000

This is "We’re all Girl Scout! Are you?" by GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Our summer camps may have to go virtual, but SBEV will make sure that our virtual content is fun and engaging for your k...
05/08/2020
Summer camps may have to go virtual, too

Our summer camps may have to go virtual, but SBEV will make sure that our virtual content is fun and engaging for your kids to enjoy! #westilldoingit

Read this great article and watch the video for more information:
https://www.abc12.com/content/news/Summer-camps-may-have-to-go-virtual-too-570294901.html

Abc12News

'As a mom thinking about the prospect of camps this summer, I would be hesitant at this juncture to enroll my child,' Gov. Whitmer said.

SBEV is providing great virtual educational reading activities for your children to learn from!Check out our Virtual Pro...
05/08/2020

SBEV is providing great virtual educational reading activities for your children to learn from!

Check out our Virtual Program webpage for educational materials and to sign up your child for our virtual program: sbev.org/virtual-program

We hope to see you all today for the Food Box drive at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our food b...
05/07/2020

We hope to see you all today for the Food Box drive at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first-come, first-serve. Our food boxes are sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and Flint Fresh Food Hub

05/06/2020
Learn Chords on Guitar -- E Chord // SBEV Music Program

We have a new guitar lesson up on our SBEV YouTube channel! Watch with your kids here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eri7rFO0HeM

Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more educational videos!

For more music resources and other great virtual resources, visit our Virtual Program webpage: sbev.org/virtual-program

In this video, Coach Canjar will walk you through learning to play the E chord on the guitar! This video is part of the SBEV Virtual Program. For an accompan...

We hope to see you all at our Food Box drive tomorrow at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first come first serve. Our food ...
05/06/2020

We hope to see you all at our Food Box drive tomorrow at 4 pm! Quantities are limited, first come first serve. Our food boxes are generously sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and Flint Fresh Food Hub.

Media: WNEMTV5news Flint Beat Flintside Abc12: First In-Depth Everywhere Wjrt-Tv Latinx Technology & Community Center

Your kids can learn about animation and storytelling through our Virtual Program Resources and Disney!Disney Imagineerin...
05/05/2020
Imagineering in a Box | Storytelling | Arts and humanities | Khan Academy

Your kids can learn about animation and storytelling through our Virtual Program Resources and Disney!

Disney Imagineering // Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box

Learn how to draw Mickey Mouse with Disney: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/03/draw-mickey-mouse-at-home-with-a-disney-parks-artist/

Learn how to animate with Blender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kfNF1b1WEE&feature=youtu.be

For more virtual resources: sbev.org/virtual-program

Have you ever wondered how theme parks come to life? Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines around the world share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – that all come together to create immersive expe...

05/04/2020
SBEV Program Highlights

Our fun SBEV after-school programs like music, sports, and tapology have virtual content and resources up for you and your kids to enjoy! Visit our website to access all of our great virtual program resources.

Shape the future of your community in the comfort of your own home. Respond to the #2020census online, or on the phone, ...
05/03/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

Shape the future of your community in the comfort of your own home. Respond to the #2020census online, or on the phone, or by mail, and encourage your family and friends to do their part!

To respond online: https://2020census.gov/
To respond by phone: (+1) 844-330-2020

#digitalactionweekend
#censo2020

05/02/2020
Malik LovesYall's Hip Hop Workshop - Lesson of The Day #1 // SBEV Virtual Music Program

This weekend, keep your kids engaged with these fun virtual and outdoor activities!

Learn about the history of Hip-Hop on our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmXlHTbBff4&t=1s

Stay active by following these soccer drills on our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VniAB2v7U5U&t=138s

MSU Extension is offering a virtual rabbit learning session for kids starting May 5th at 6 pm! To register: https://
events.anr.msu.edu/
VirtualRabbit/

Malik LovesYall’s Hip Hop Workshops // Lesson Of The Day #1: Know Your History. This video is part of the new SBEV Virtual Program In today’s Lesson of The D...

Thank you to Latinx Technology & Community Center for this article about inclusivity and how SBEV is serving the Flint c...
05/01/2020
Latinx Technology & Community Center

Thank you to Latinx Technology & Community Center for this article about inclusivity and how SBEV is serving the Flint community during these difficult times!

Al menos unas organizaciónes aprendieron, como ser inclusivas despues de la crisis del agua.

Thank you to those who have registered their children for the SBEV Virtual Program. As a surprise gift, we will be sendi...
05/01/2020
Virtual Program Registration — SBEV

Thank you to those who have registered their children for the SBEV Virtual Program. As a surprise gift, we will be sending a Target GIFT CARD for the families who have registered prior to 4/1/2020!

We hope that you and your children are enjoying the videos on our YouTube channel and are engaging with our virtual resource content on our website.

Please register your kids for our amazing programs, virtual resources, and other fun surprises like this! If you have not registered your child yet, please do so here: https://www.sbev.org/youth-registration-1

Thank you! Your child has been registered for our virtual program. Please see the links below to follow our social media and Youtube.

For engaging with our informational 2020 Census video, Argie Williams and Banks Sparkle have won a DoorDash Gift Card!Th...
05/01/2020

For engaging with our informational 2020 Census video, Argie Williams and Banks Sparkle have won a DoorDash Gift Card!

Thank you to everyone who shared our post. We would like to remind our SBEV community again to complete the #2020Census!

#CompleteCount
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SBEV occupies the former George M. Dewey Elementary School, established in September, 1921. The building, soon entering its tenth decade, has seen several changes in ownership over the years. After it ceased operating as a school in 1991, it was purchased by Jobs Central, Inc. (later renamed Career Alliance, Inc.), which specialized in career readiness and job training. The building was renamed the Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center (or the Sylvester Broome Center, as it is more popularly known in the Flint community), and opened in 1995. Under Career Alliance, the Broome Center eventually reached 93% occupancy before closing in 2012, in spite of much community effort to spare the programs and keep the building open. The Broome Center then sat empty for approximately three years before being purchased in 2015 by two business owners wishing to invest in north Flint, an area known for its high crime that had seen little redevelopment in at least a decade.

History

In Flint, Michigan, our challenges are many. Ours is a community that is experiencing extreme barriers such as poverty, high infant mortality rates, low graduation rates, high unemployment and extremely high crime rates. Flint’s socio-cultural history, however, is an eventful and colorful one, centered on the automobile industry. Flint is known as the birthplace of General Motors, which was founded in 1908 at Durant-Dort Factory One (originally the Flint Carriage Works, built in 1880), near downtown Flint. North Flint was the original home to the Buick Manufacturing complex built in 1905, later purchased by General Motors soon after its founding. At its peak (ca. 1969), the Flint Buick Manufacturing complex employed around 30,000 Flint workers, thus making it the largest United Auto Workers (UAW) Local in the world. (Flint was also the birthplace of the UAW in 1937, with the infamous Sit-Down Strike.) Buick’s history spanned 95 years in north Flint until Buick closed its Flint operations in 1999. This devastated the economy of Flint and because most residents in north Flint were Buick factory workers who now found themselves unemployed, Flint generally and north Flint specifically was cast into an economic depression. Years later in October, 2015 our aging infrastructure began making international headlines when it was discovered that lead had been leeching into the city’s water supply from April, 2014, when the City of Flint switched its water source from Detroit Water (and Lake Huron) to the Flint River. Because houses in the north Flint zip codes are some of our city’s oldest on the water system grid, their infrastructure was hit the hardest with toxic lead when the appropriate compounds were not properly added to the Flint River water to make it safe for residents’ consumption.

In the heart of this economically hard-hit region of Flint is the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, hereinafter SBEV, which is playing a major role in the transformation of the north Flint Community. SBEV occupies the former George M. Dewey Elementary School, established in September, 1921. The building, soon entering its tenth decade, has seen several changes in ownership over the years. After it ceased operating as a school in 1991, it was purchased by Jobs Central, Inc. (later renamed Career Alliance, Inc.), which specialized in career readiness and job training. The building was renamed the Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center (or the Sylvester Broome Center, as it is more popularly known in the Flint community), and opened in 1995. Under Career Alliance, the Broome Center eventually reached 93% occupancy before closing in 2012, in spite of much community effort to spare the programs and keep the building open. The Broome Center then sat empty for approximately three years before being purchased in 2015 by two business owners wishing to invest in north Flint, an area known for its high crime that had seen little redevelopment in at least a decade.

SBEV has 62,000 square feet of space wholly devoted to the developmental needs of north Flint’s youth population who have been deemed “at-risk.” Eventually, the SBEV mission is to reach all youth in the city of Flint. The space is dedicated for learning, developing, leading and investing in children and youth through employment, community health, and community engagement. At SBEV we firmly believe that if we empower and provide the resources to youth, they will be the catalyst to drive change in the community. SBEV plans to provide youth a safe harbor and an alternative to gangs, drugs and violence.

Our building is nearing 100 years old and it was redeveloped in 1964 and again in 1995, the latter renovations generously funded by a $4 million grant given by the C.S. Mott Foundation. At that time, the building underwent extensive renovations.

Our Response to the Water Crisis

When the Flint water crisis was just unfolding in late 2015, early 2016, residents were deeply impacted by the horror of learning that their water supply was laced with lead, due to failures of protection at every level of government, including local, state and federal. But at SBEV, we rallied our members and partners, and our facilities quickly became one of the first water Points of Distribution Sites (PODS) in the city. Partnering with other organizations and volunteers who came from around the country to offer their assistance, SBEV and our affiliates organized as many as three and four hundred people a day to distribute more than one million bottles of water. SBEV staffers also organized free lead testing and a dermatology clinic on site. At SBEV, we lease space to Wayne State University and the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP). FACHEP is conducting an academic study of legionella, in accordance with the cases of Legionnaire's disease that claimed the lives of 12 people before lead was discovered in our water supply. Through negotiated agreement, Wayne State hired Flint residents only for this work, thus creating a small economy of employment for those most directly affected by the water crisis. Thus, SBEV has been at the forefront of addressing components of the water crisis from its beginnings.

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