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.

Top 5 Reasons For BGood Worldwide

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Since the beginning of humanity exploring the unknown has been one of the storylines we’ve consistently played throughout all of history. To explore the unknown means to uncover truths and undiscovered worlds; embracing the fascinating nooks and crannies of these divine world to feed our indulging minds. It offers inspiration, encouragement, and motivation to continue further into the depths seeking new possibilities for things we have we have always known.

But what happens after our explorations have come to an end? What happens with all the acquired knowledge? Simple, we share it with others! The best things in life are better when you can share it with your family, friends, and peers. It gets even better when we can participate together.

When knowledge is shared amongst members of a community, we create a means to spark new conversations. From these conversations, we establish new concepts and ideas. Sparking the conversation, this how leaders are inspired.

Leaders transform the world by creating new productive and creative pathways to learning. It involves the development of your personal qualities, family support, and your philanthropic qualities. Take athletics for example; to be a well-rounded athlete we must train hard, most often using various training methods. This concept is called cross-training. A swimmer will cycle, run, and lift weights to improve their skills in order to become a better swimmer. For the leaders of tomorrow, learning, sharing, and participating are the cross-training mechanisms needed to become a better leader.

This is what BGood Worldwide encourages! Our B The Light leadership program is designed specifically to help uncover your leadership capabilities, perform work in various communities, and getting involved with those in your connected circles. The results of your participation can be extremely fulfilling in terms of gaining new skills, networking, and a variety of other aspects.


Here are the top 5 reasons for joining a team or starting a team with the BGood Worldwide, B The Light leadership program:

  1. You can gain and discover new skills. Interactive learning and opportunities to support a worldly cause can give individuals access to untapped potential. You can discover skills that are transferable to aspects of everyday living. Skills such as building a presentation presence, time management, organization, teamwork, problem-solving, and creative thinking.
  2. You can explore different career options: Understanding where your capabilities fit in on the broad spectrum of the workforce can be weeded out during this development stage. You can improve on the areas that you excel in and bridge a connection in areas in which you don’t excel. The key is determining what you are best at doing.
  3. Bringing value to your community: You never know when your new found skills can improve someone else’s quality of life.
  4. You can improve your CV: Employers value programs that target individual development as a means of industry experience. Crediting such exposure on your resume or cover letter, allows an employer to see that you have learned valuable skills from an internship, volunteer work, missionary work, or shadowing. First-hand experience can build confidence in your abilities. Responsibilities become easier the more familiar you are with the kind of work performed in your area of interest. You get a sense of motivation to say ‘this is something, I KNOW I can do’; and an employer can have a sense of confidence in considering your capabilities when considering you for a position.
  5. You can expand your network of people: I am sure we have all heard the saying” it’s not about WHAT you know, but about WHO you know, to get you where you need to go”! Taking on the opportunity to communicate with others enables you to build lasting relationships with people in various walks of life.

“Skill is fine and genius is splendid, but the right contacts is more valuable than either,” -Sir Archibald McIndoe, consultant surgeon to the Royal Air Force during the Second World War

The relationships allow you to gain new perspectives about your experiences. For example, having interests in certain career fields would benefit from internship and shadowing opportunities to get a better idea of the daily responsibilities of a professional in that field. Networking to build relationships with these professionals in such career fields gives you a better chance of helping individuals deciding on the best career option.