If you haven't already done so, now is the perfect time to show your support of the young men in The Black Suit Initiative! We are looking for at least 200 people willing to make a minimum $25 donation to help with our growing operation costs associated with nearly doubling our enrollment.
As a way of saying thank you, we will put your names on the backs of our tee shirts and hoodies in 2019-2020! Your tax deductible donations are critical in maintaining the quality of programs we offer.
Click on the link below to make your donation or mail your donation to: The Sparrow's Nest, Inc. 908-A N. Josephine Boyd St., Greensboro, NC 27408
When BSI moved onto the campus of Hope Chapel in July, we were provided the opportunity to partner with their members in community outreach projects. Our first month included distributing food from their food bank, cleaning the campus of Grimsley High School and clearing brush and debris around the church. We're excited about our new partnership!
The Greensboro Men's Club Foundation hosted a Father & Son breakfast on Labor Day weekend at the Khalif Center. BSI members enjoyed an inspiring speech from Danny Manning, head basketball coach at Wake Forest, received school supplies, hair cuts and tickets to enjoy a football game at NC A&T.
August 17 was the official kickoff for our new BSI year. This event allowed "old" members the opportunity to mingle with new students. Through the generous support of our donors, all students walked away with ample school supplies!
Camp Carefree provides FREE, one-week camping experience for kids ages 6 to 16. Once a year, they provide their alumni with a week of outdoor fun. This year, BSI members were able to assist in getting campers in/out of canoes and push wheelchairs up steep hills. EVERYONE had an enjoyable time!
The Crumley Roberts Education Advancement & Leadership Center provides non-profit executives, across the greater Guilford County region, the opportunity to build effective leadership and professional development skills to further enhance their impact in the community. Click on the picture to learn more.
Your generosity allows us the opportunity to provide these young men with FREE educational opportunities year-round. Make your tax deductible donation today.
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.