An organization’s mission is its driving force and helps to focus purpose and decision making. It succinctly defines what an organization is all about. Following two stakeholder meetings to collect input from partner organizations, school representatives, community members, parents, staff members and BBC Board members, the BBC Board of Directors adopted a new mission statement as well as a vision statement, motto and organizational values.
The BBC’s mission is to provide West Side children and their families with opportunities for holistic development for healthy futures. By providing opportunities for social, emotion-al, spiritual, educational and physical development, the BBC works toward its vision of a reality where West Side children and their families have the skills, support and resources necessary to create healthy futures.
To learn more about the BBC’s newly adopted organizational values and motto, please visit www.bobburdettecenter.org.
The children and staff at the Bob Burdette Center would like to thank the West Virginia State University Department of Education and its pre-service teachers for an outstanding six weeks of science fun through the SCI-TALKS Program. All of the experiments that were presented taught each child how scientific resolutions are determined. They were introduced to terms such as “hypothesis,” “experiment” and “results” that helped them to understand how actual scientists perform in their field of study. This type of exposure increased many of the children’s minds into thinking out-side the box when it comes to a solution to any problem. The SCI-TALKS teachers were knowledgeable about what they were teaching and allowed the children to go beyond the limits of their imagination. This overall was a great experience for every-one.
We hope that the opportunity will come again for you to bring something new for another fabulous time. Thank You!
The BBC has partnered with the West Virginia State University Department of Social Work and A More Excellent Way Ministries through the Bright Futures Program. Bright Futures is a mentoring program with the mission to motivate young adolescent girls to aspire towards higher education by developing the skills necessary to be better at home, school and in their communities.
During the fall semester, the girls have gone to several meetings on the WVSU campus in which they worked with mentors to build improved communication and team building skills. The focus has been geared to-ward teaching the girls that they can have a bright future and giving them practical ways to succeed. Not only do they discuss the future, but the mentors are college-aged students who are trusted as peers to bring up current life issues, whether it be problems in school, home or personal life. The mentors and mentees are developing friend-ships and it is encouraging to see our girls light up and so ex-cited to see them. Bright Futures has been one of the most anticipated events and we look for-ward to continuing the partner-ship into the future.
Jovon is a 4th grade student at Edgewood Elementary and has been enrolled in the Bob Burdette Center afterschool program for 5 years. Jovon enjoys playing foot-ball and basketball and telling stories. He gets along well with his peers, and has a charming smile and a delightful personality.
Jovon was chosen by the BBC staff to be the “Student Spotlight” be-cause of the improvements he has made in his behavior and attitude.
Congratulations Jovon and keep up the good work!