Current CAMPAIGN

Membership

 

 Our goal

is to secure 1000 members. A 1000 membership group is an illustration to the community that unity of purpose is achievable and can be used to effectively and substantially champion causes which will stimulate upward mobility for individuals, families and communities. 

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Jihad Khayyam
President of Membership

 

About Membership

MISSION:

The mission is to galvanize and strengthen the African American family through personal, intellectual and professional development, through civic/community involvement and leadership opportunities. 

GOAL:

Our goal is to secure 1000 members. A 1000 membership group is an illustration to the community that unity of purpose is achievable and can be used to effectively and substantially champion causes which will stimulate upward mobility for individuals, families and communities. 

 

Membership Team

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Membership Programs

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The Communiversity is a Saturday School geared towards youth ages 12 to 16

Areas of focus are 6 areas of study; Financial Literacy, African/African American history, Responsible Citizenship, Goals/Vision, Agricultural Literacy & Public Speaking & Communication.

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Action Committees

Membership Coordinating Committee (MCC)

Membership Coordinating Committee (MCC) Responsible for the recruitment and retention of BFL Membership Association. Coordinate activities that build relationships and a sense of community within membership. Oversee hospitality functions at meetings and events. 

Professional /Personal Development Committee (PPDC)

Coordinate seminars, book clubs, workshops, and other professional development-related activities. The annual goal for the PPDC is to host 1 professional development seminar per quarter (the seminars will foster positive relationships with family and community members, and will provide training in nutritional health & well-being). The book club will emphasize historical, cultural, business, social and economic literature. 


Service Committee (SC) 

Coordinate activities and mobilize members to serve in the areas of education, youth development (reading, mentoring), and other needs of our community as determined by BFL. Establish and maintain a food bank that will feed hundreds of families in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area; promote literacy by logging 500 reading hours with elementary school youth. 


Civic Engagement Committee (CEC)

Coordinate voter education and registration drives. Monitor and educate members on legislative and policy issues that impact urban communities; coordinate advocacy efforts to keep members civically informed and responsible; register 1000 new voters annually; conduct workshops highlighting issues that affect our communities. (i.e. minimum wage, early voting, education, community development, the criminal justice system, etc.) 

Mary “Dot” Simmons Scholastic Society 

Solicit and secure scholastic sponsorships to fund higher education for youth. Oversee the annual scholarship competition and ensure the timely and fair disbursement of youth scholarships. Solicit applicants and score applications; distribute award notices and properly communicate results. In the spirit of Mary Dot Simmons, coordinate and organize our annual “Mary Dot Simmons Vegetarian Awareness Week” to educate and inspire healthy food alternatives within the community. 


E-Communication Committee (ECC)

Work with the Marketing and Communications Department to help develop membership messaging/content to use on the BFL website, social media platforms, newsletters and other outreach communication activities. The goal is to increase our following on social media network sites and increase BFL prospects. 

Special Events Committee (SEC) 

Assist in the planning, organization and execution of special events, including vendor relations, volunteers, logistics, scheduling, set-up, break down and clean up. 


Annual Events

 
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Kwanzaa Holiday Expo

One the nation’s largest and longest running Kwanzaa celebrations. This event focuses on the fourth principle of KWANZAA – UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) in an atmosphere reminiscent of an African marketplace.  Part of the programming also includes performances by local, regional and national artists; workshops, speakers, film screenings, and educational activities.  

Timeframe: Second weekend in December

Length: Two days