PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
The BLAC Project programs integrate visual and performance art in the curriculum in order to help participants learn in ways that are both appealing and effective.
Through the arts, participants have various opportunities to learn, use, and refine critical thinking skills that will develop them into thoughtful and well-rounded individuals. To ensure the success of our programs, there must be collaboration amongst program leaders and parents.
Our programs serve as a connection point to educate our communities at the intersection of art, culture, and activism. Through artistic expression and engagement, we will empower our communities, change the landscape, and inspire new realities.
“My mental health doesn’t affect my job.”
“Children don’t experience issues with mental health.”
These are common myths that plague our society. Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing; it affects how we think, act, and feel. The BLAC Project understands the importance of this throughout every stage of life, and aims to enhance positive mental health through self love workshops, webinars, workbooks, creative arts, and access to mental health counselors. These programs will help at risk communities to positively handle stress, relate better to others, and make positive life choices.
Financial literacy can be described as the ability to understand and effectively apply various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. The BLAC Project’s financial literacy program involves education and training in the proficiency of financial principles and concepts, such as financial planning, profitable saving techniques, compound interest, managing debt, and the time value of money. Our program also focuses on cultivating behaviors and attitudes that individuals can apply to their daily lives, thereby improving ability to manage their personal finance. Financial literacy is critical to proper money management and financial well-being. Through our program, we aspire to stem the prevalence of financial illiteracy among minority and “at-risk”/ underprivileged groups, and in the communities in which we operate.
Literacy for All
The BLAC Project has chosen to focus on the particular strengths and needs of black children and families in the broader context of a shared goal: ensuring that all Black Americans are reading proficiently. We have chosen to adopt this overarching objective in response to data demonstrating both the critical nature of this educational benchmark and the devastating performance of Black families, only 15 percent of whom are reading proficiently in 4th grade. The BLAC Project aims to improve literacy levels within African American communities by engaging families and helping them develop an at-home literacy routine with proven results that link to academic and life success.
In keeping with The BLAC Project’s commitment to comprehensive financial training and knowledge acquisition, our business education program emboldens said resolve in its unique pedagogical approach to understanding both the operations of the business industry and the fundamentals of business. Business education is an important staple in entrepreneurship and with the advent of twentieth century globalization, it is vital to an individual’s or a company’s effective participation in a global marketplace. In addition to equipping our beneficiaries with necessary tools and information about all aspects of business, The BLAC Project’s business education program also provides courses in accounting, marketing, and finance and management; as well as training in soft skills, for example, leadership skills, communication skills and topics such as being a team player, etc. Almost all businesses participate in the global economy in some way, and as such our program highlights the importance of cultural awareness and practices and courses that explore international business.
Personal Efficacy, aka Self Efficacy, refers to one’s judgement of his or her own capacity to accomplish challenging goals (Bandura,1977,1986,1997). This is crucial in developing a person’s self esteem and ultimately their outlook on life. The BLAC Project aims to foster positive personal efficacy in at risk youth through workshops, coaching, creative arts, and self evaluation. The objective of these programs is to help participants gain confidence in their ability to exert control over their motivation, behavior, and social environment so they can positively create and achieve their goals.