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.

Operating as usual

Only a couple more days till Halloween and our Trunk or Treat! Prizes will be given out to best kids costume and best de...
10/28/2020

Only a couple more days till Halloween and our Trunk or Treat! Prizes will be given out to best kids costume and best decorated car. Hope to see you all there!

🏀The SBEV Sports Academy hosts a basketball team with Flint Affiliation! 🏀
10/27/2020

🏀The SBEV Sports Academy hosts a basketball team with Flint Affiliation! 🏀

10/26/2020

tap dancing lessons with our Tapology program!

Come by our Village Market and Water Box today at 4:30 for fresh fruits, vegetables, and clean water!
10/22/2020

Come by our Village Market and Water Box today at 4:30 for fresh fruits, vegetables, and clean water!

10/21/2020

This SBEV student drew a picture for her mother’s birthday!

Come by tomorrow for our Village Market and Water Box at 4:30! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guideli...
10/21/2020

Come by tomorrow for our Village Market and Water Box at 4:30! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines while in the building.

Check out our music studio Instagram account @antidote_sbev for more SBEV Music Program content!
10/20/2020

Check out our music studio Instagram account @antidote_sbev for more SBEV Music Program content!

10/19/2020

An SBEV kid practicing a gymnastic routine!

SBEV kids playing Minecraft in our awesome gaming room!
10/18/2020

SBEV kids playing Minecraft in our awesome gaming room!

10/17/2020

Tapology practice in our after school program!

The Flint First Initiative is looking for volunteers for their upcoming literature drop campaign in Flint! Tomorrow, Oct...
10/16/2020

The Flint First Initiative is looking for volunteers for their upcoming literature drop campaign in Flint! Tomorrow, Oct. 17, volunteers will spread voter rights information to fight voter suppression and systemic racism.

To register to volunteer, visit: bit.ly/flintfirst

Come by today for our weekly Village Market and Water Box from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm! Please wear a mask and practice socia...
10/15/2020

Come by today for our weekly Village Market and Water Box from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines.

Don't delay, respond today! Time is running out to secure the federal funding and political power that our community des...
10/15/2020

Don't delay, respond today! Time is running out to secure the federal funding and political power that our community deserves.

To Respond:
ONLINE at: 2020Census.gov
BY PHONE at: 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

Drop by tomorrow for our Water Box and Village Market from 4:30 to 7:00 pm! Please wear a mask!
10/14/2020

Drop by tomorrow for our Water Box and Village Market from 4:30 to 7:00 pm! Please wear a mask!

Building a bridge with Sloan Museum during our after-school program!
10/14/2020

Building a bridge with Sloan Museum during our after-school program!

Basketball practice at SBEV!
10/13/2020

Basketball practice at SBEV!

The Flint First Initiative is looking for volunteers for their upcoming literature drop campaign in Flint! On Oct. 17, v...
10/12/2020

The Flint First Initiative is looking for volunteers for their upcoming literature drop campaign in Flint! On Oct. 17, volunteers will spread voter rights information to fight voter suppression and systemic racism.

To register to volunteer, visit: BIT.LY/FLINTFIRST

Shift One: 10 AM - 2 PM
Shift Two: 11 AM - 3 PM

We have an awesome gaming room at SBEV!
10/10/2020

We have an awesome gaming room at SBEV!

We’ll be having our Village Market and Water Box today from 4:30 to 7 pm! Please wear a mask and practice social distanc...
10/08/2020

We’ll be having our Village Market and Water Box today from 4:30 to 7 pm! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines while in the building.

Come by this Thursday for our weekly Water Box and Village Market!
10/07/2020

Come by this Thursday for our weekly Water Box and Village Market!

From our day program, to our virtual resources, SBEV is preparing our kids for online learning!
10/07/2020

From our day program, to our virtual resources, SBEV is preparing our kids for online learning!

Playing pool in our teen game room!
10/06/2020

Playing pool in our teen game room!

10/04/2020

Bottle rocket experiment with Sloan Museum!

Drop by today for the reopening of our Village Market and Water Box from 4:30 to 7 pm! Please practice social distancing...
10/01/2020

Drop by today for the reopening of our Village Market and Water Box from 4:30 to 7 pm!

Please practice social distancing and wear a mask!

We are reopening the Village Market and Water Box this Thursday from 4:30-7:00 pm! We hope to see you all there! Please ...
09/30/2020

We are reopening the Village Market and Water Box this Thursday from 4:30-7:00 pm! We hope to see you all there! Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The Village Market and Water Box will be open this Thursday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm! We hope to see you all there! Please w...
09/29/2020

The Village Market and Water Box will be open this Thursday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm! We hope to see you all there!

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

09/28/2020

showing off our moves during gymnastics!

Working on a science experiment with Sloan Museum! Check out our virtual resources for experiments you can follow along ...
09/27/2020

Working on a science experiment with Sloan Museum! Check out our virtual resources for experiments you can follow along at home: sbev.org/virtual-program

Online learning can be fun! Check out our virtual resources for activities, coloring pages, and experiments your kids ca...
09/26/2020

Online learning can be fun! Check out our virtual resources for activities, coloring pages, and experiments your kids can follow at home: sbev.org/virtual-program

09/24/2020

A reminder that we will NOT be hosting our food drive this week! Stay tuned for next week and our reopening of the Village Market!

Check out this great upcoming Census event!
09/24/2020

Check out this great upcoming Census event!

Change the Future. Complete your Census. Eat Ramen. Enjoy Dope Music. Appreciate the Culture.

09/22/2020

We will NOT be hosting our food drive this week! Stay tuned for next week and our reopening of the Village Market!

GEARup2LEAD still has 12 spots available in their GearUp2Grow program. This is a unique opportunity for Flint area famil...
09/22/2020

GEARup2LEAD still has 12 spots available in their GearUp2Grow program. This is a unique opportunity for Flint area families to participate in a program that takes a personalized approach to learning that meets the needs of the whole child, at a time when most school programs are struggling to do that at this time!

To register:
Call: 810-620-0161
Or email: [email protected]

Address

4119 N Saginaw St
Flint, MI
48505

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(810) 893-6098

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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.

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