BGood Collaborations: Partners with buildOn for a School-Build Haiti Project

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Non-profit collaborations have been a means for organizations to accomplish similar goals in a big way! The boost gained from such short-term or long-term collaborations can increase the overall efficiency and community outreach goals set by your organization.

Our efforts to collaborate with other entities who share the same passion, vision and purpose, is one of the ways we create a strong positive social impact. With our B The Light program, we focus on providing access to the highest-quality leadership development experiences in order to empower the next generation of local- and global-leaders.

To support our mission, BGood Worldwide’s first step has been to partner with buildOn, a nonprofit organization who works to combat the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through global-service and education. Through the engagement of our young professionals in groups, The School-Build Haiti Project efforts will result in the construction of one primary school in Haiti. This school will serve over 400 children and adults from a rural community; acting as a catalyst for sustainable and positive community development.

This collaborative project is open to a variety of young professionals who seeks to 1) receive mentoring and leadership development guidance; 2) engage in their local community and; 3) use their acquired resources in a global group service trip to build a school in Haiti. This spring, we will begin recruiting students from Nyack College
(along with other young professionals) to participate in our B the Light program. We encourage those who seek to make a positive impact on their communities, to get involved!

Nyack College is an educational institution well known for being diverse and creating ‘difference makers’ ready to take on the world. Focusing on five core values (academic excellence, global engagement, diversity, personal transformation and social relevance), Nyack College has been able to integrate faith-based and spiritual learning into a community of mentorship culture amongst faculty and students. They strive to produce community leaders who seek change and are divergent in their efforts to produce that change.

Nyack College Students

This journey to completing the construction of a school in Haiti starts well before breaking ground in the winter/spring of 2020. There is personal development and academic growth to be done along the way. That is why those who participate, will begin their training in the spring of 2019.

During which, they will receive 30 minutes of online mentoring and leadership education courses, each week. Our curriculum focuses on skill-building in four content areas; communication, problem-solving, technology, and resource acquisition. Our young professionals will also complete a one-hour weekly community service effort in their community where they may apply the skills gained from the leadership development curriculum.  We believe the combination of leadership development resources and local community service, offers our young professionals consistent support to develop their unique leadership skills. This also provides an opportunity through The School-Build Haiti Project mission trip, to use those skills directly in a global community.

Our hope is that by partnering with various college and university student such as Nyack College students, this project will make a positive impact for not only our young professionals but in their local communities and the Haitian community, that will benefit from the construction of a primary school.

buildOn: buildOn U.S. and Global work to combat the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through global service and education. Their program tackles critical issues within their surrounding communities, contributing services, and taking an ongoing commitment to immerse participants in a cultural experience. buildOn puts an emphasis on leadership and team building by engaging students in dynamic cultural workshops, deep reflection activities and thorough explorations of issues facing their host community.

To learn more about the great accomplishments of our partner buildOn, please visit their website at www.buildon.org .

This project and partnership is made possible by the generous contribution by a grant, from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation and knowing ‘what needs to be done’.

Ellis L. Phillips Foundation: The Ellis L. Phillips Foundation is a small family foundation dedicated to the ideals of Kathryn and Ellis Phillips, to identify “what needs to be done” and provide strategic investments in projects that serve as catalysts for the greater good. Their grants aim to make a sustainable contribution to charities and organizations, in which they have special knowledge and interest. As collaborators, the foundation makes investments in various industries such as environmental, human services, visual and music, historic preservation, philanthropy, and foundation- initiated projects.