Black Child Development

Karen Thompson | March 8th, 2012
Black Child Development

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Who if not us will advocate for our children?” such a simple, yet multifaceted sentiment is a quote from our founder, Sarah Walden Herbin and continues to resonate throughout the halls of our organization and the hearts of our staff each day as we strive to bring to fruition our mission statement – To improve and protect the quality of life of children, youth and families in the Greater Greensboro community. Mrs. Herbin’s words constantly remind us of the noteworthy duty we are undertaking.

Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, Inc. (BCDI-G) was founded in 1978 by Greensboro-native and Bennett College alum, Sarah Walden Herbin. Ms. Herbin was also instrumental in co-founding the National Black Child Development Institute, which has now developed into 33 Nation-wide affiliates. Our sister organizations span the breadth of this country and are located in cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and even Seattle.

While each affiliate operates independently with their own separate focuses (healthy living, early childhood development, etc.) we all collectively advocate for African American children and work to make a positive impact in the lives of the youth.

Here in Greensboro, NC, our vision is for a community dedicated and committed to its youngest members as we strive to enhance their quality of life through advocacy and education. We facilitate many programs and events that address academic development, family enrichment, and even drop-out prevention, just to name a few.

Perhaps our most well-known program is our Spirit of Excellence Tutoring Program. This is a supplemental academic enrichment program designed to improve the overall performance of participating Guilford County School Students in Reading/English and Mathematics. To improve the likelihood of success in school for these students, we utilize the assistance of trained adult volunteers and AmeriCorps Members who are matched one-on-one with students to tutor the children at our eleven tutorial sites, located at Title 1 schools and at area community based sites.

Additional BCDI-G programs include our Annual Black History Quiz Bowl which works to teach the rich culture, heritage & accomplishments of African Americans through research, study & friendly competition; our annual Celebration of Children, A Day in the Park program, which is a community-wide family event strategically placed at the end of the school year to allow the community to revel in the accomplishments of our children; and our highly-acclaimed Children’s Defense Fund certified Summer Reading Freedom School program.

BCDI-G was proud to be the first organization to bring this nationally recognized program to the community, and received several accolades for our accomplishment in helping children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generate more positive attitudes toward learning.

BCDI-G so strongly believes in Ms. Herbin’s vision for our children, that all these services and programs are offered at no cost to residents in Guilford County. We are able to do so through strong community support and with a team of community volunteers driven to advocate for our children.

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