Maybe your name won't be in lights, but your name will definitely be on the backs of some of the most amazing young men, volunteers and other supporters from around the country. Your name will appear on hoodies worn in the cooler months and on tee shirts in 2021. These young men will be constantly reminded of people like you who had their backs! (Opportunity to purchase shirts later)
Your $50+ donation will provide you with a limited edition hoodie with BSI original artwork on the front and your name listed on the back with the other supporters of the organization. Your name would also be included on the back of the short sleeved tee shirts students, volunteers and supporters from across the country will wear in the spring. (Opportunity to purchase shirts later)
Those who contribute $500 or more will have their logo or name PROMINENTLY displayed on the back of the limited edition hoodies and tee shirts. These contributors would receive 2 hoodies, 2 tee shirts, website recognition for 1 year, and acknowledgment on all printed marketing materials.
Three BSI-Greensboro Ambassadors addressed new teachers who recently received their Master of Arts In Teaching from NC A&T State University and High Point University. Amir Funderburk, Justus Pool and Tavares Nichols(BSI grad) gave these teachers advice on how to be amazing in the classroom! I was so very proud of these young men as they confidently presented their A-B-C’s of what it takes to develop great students: Accountability, Believability and Consistency.
The Black Suit Initiative is proud to welcome Byron Loflin as one of its newest volunteers! Loflin is VP & Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq in Greensboro, NC.
Loflin will serve as a monthly facilitator of financial literacy workshops which will cover such topics as entrepreneurship, stock investing, corporate board responsibilities as well as giving our young men access to speakers from around the globe.
For four years, The Black Suit Initiative has been raising awareness of food insecurities in Guilford County and has addressed this issue through their collection of thousands of nonperishable items for several schools and food banks in Greensboro.
In November, we will host our 4th annual 24 hour, "Locked In To Lock Out Hunger" campaign. This year collections will help support two local food banks. More details later!
Although our in-person interactions have been scaled back and Zoom meetings have become more of the "norm", we have been creative in keeping our young men actively engaged within the organization.
Over the past few months, we've developed incentives to reward our students for their hard work. One of the most popular Incentives is having lunch delivered to their homes. Students receive these incentives for completing novels and being actively engaged in book discussions, perfect Zoom attendance and for going over and above what is required on written assignments.
We recognize students are required to learn on their laptops every day for school. Saturday virtual learning can be an "overload", so we do our best to keep them as engaged as possible.
In addition to Zoom learning, we provide opportunities for learning in small settings. Beginning in September, students will alternate meeting with groups of 10 or less each Saturday. Other students would participate via Zoom.
Beginning in September, several Guilford County teachers will volunteer to do on-site instruction for some of our students to help offset the academic learning slide experienced during the pandemic.
A continued partnership with Northwest High School speech and debate club will allow students the opportunity to continue working on their presentation skills in preparation for a mock trial in the spring.
Operating in the new norm also brought on the additional expenses of providing laptops for families who did not receive one through the school system. We will also be in need of purchasing 10 new and/or refurbished laptops for our new in-person classroom. There is also the expense of hand sanitizers, wipes, and other cleaners to keep our facility safe for our young men weekly.
We are truly grateful for those who have continued to invest in these young men during the pandemic. It is through your generosity we have made 2020 a little more bearable.
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The Sparrow’s Nest , Inc. was developed to engage youth in leadership initiatives in an effort to prevent crime and drug activity and develop educational, artistic and character building skills to better prepare them for their transition to college or career.
In 2016, The Sparrow’s Nest, Inc., launched their new, all male program, “The Black Suit Initiative”.
This leadership and community engagement program allows young men in middle and high school, the opportunity to improve academic performance, explore their career interests and participate in positive team building exercises. The successful completion of program modules allows these young men the opportunity to earn their own full black suit at the completion of the first year.
Young men are selected to be in the program through an application and interview process during the month of June. Members can remain in the organization until they graduate from high school.
The logic behind the black suit is based upon a new study conducted by the psychology department at California State University. They discovered wearing a suit does change thought processes. The study found formal clothing improved confidence levels and changed the basic way respondents perceived the world. Wearing a suit encourages people to use abstract processing more readily than concrete processing.
Born in Lynchburg, VA, Evainna W. Ross has dedicated most of her life to helping youth secure better educational and economic opportunities through the development of her nonprofit organization, The Sparrow's Nest, Inc.
Upon graduating from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Public Relations in 1991, Ross began her journey working with youth under the leadership of the late civil rights pioneer, Rev. Prince E. Graves. Ross spent six years volunteering as the youth director of St. James Baptist Church increasing their youth programs' participation substantially.
Ross took what she learned at St. James Baptist Church and developed a community based model and launched The Sparrow's Nest, Inc. in Claremont Courts, a public housing community in Greensboro in October 2008. The Sparrow's Nest , Inc. was a mobile service which provided free programs on Saturdays such as ballroom dancing, sculpting, culinary arts and public speaking directly to youth in 4 of the largest public housing communities in Greensboro. Because of the growing popularity of these programs, Ross felt she wasn't making a lasting impact only seeing youth in these communities once a month. For that reason, in 2010, Ross, with a panel of educators and business owners, interviewed and selected 50 middle and high school youth to be members of a leadership program called The Chosen 50. The majority of these youth were selected from the communities she had served prior. These youth remained in the program until they graduated high school.
During their time in the program, these youth were empowered to make positive decisions for their lives as well as their communities. These youth have developed their own small businesses, developed political campaigns, created a stock portfolio and learned how to purchase their own homes and cars.
In 2014, Ross was recognized nationally by the Ascena Retail Group as an "everyday hero" who has dedicated her life to making the world a better place by empowering children in the areas of education, social support and self-esteem.
The Sparrow's Nest, Inc. has continued to evolve into a program which addresses the need of an ever-changing society. In 2016 they launched their newest division, The Black Suit Initiative, an all male leadership and community engagement program for middle and high school students.
Ross has been married to Kevin for 30 years and they have one daughter, Amariah.