BESTc/o Williams Memorial Development

aka BEST c/o Williams Memorial Development   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.bestyouth4u.org

Mission

Building Empowerment Skills Today (BEST) is a subsidiary of Williams Memorial Development (WMD). We believe one of the critical ways to stop violence and crime in our communities is by exposing underserved youth to activities, which bolster their job experience, give them a sense of self- worth and keep them off the streets. The Oak Park community that we serve is riddled with deprivation, crime and a sense of impassiveness. BEST is a three-week summer program in Oak Park for teens, ages 12-18. Through the training, that we provide, the youth learn how to help their neighbors with yard work, such as raking and weed abatement, plus valuable “life skills”. In addition; they gain a sense of pride and develop a strong sense of work ethics.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Josephine Watts

Main address

P.O. Box 5351 BEST c/o WM Development

Sacramento, CA 95817 USA

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EIN

26-3997308

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Single Organization Support (J11)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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BEST Summer Program

BEST is a three-week, three-day, summer Youth Development program, paying youth a $20.00 and the project managers small stipend.
In the mornings, youth work side-by-side completing home improvement projects that help Oak Park homeowners improve the facade of their homes. The 20 Youth are divided into four teams, enabling us to serve four homes simultaneously. Project managers, college students, help guide and supervise the projects. The director is there to monitor. BEST has had an positive impact on the blighted Oak Park community by doing projects such as; repairing and painting fences, painting homes, creating gardens, moving decorative bark and rock, and weed abatement. One homeowner stated, “The young people are the best! This is exactly what our community needs.”
After working at a home site in the mornings, the youth convene at the church site to have a nutritious lunch. In the afternoons, the teens attend interactive “empowerment skills” seminars. We provide a six-hour oasis for the youth who are faced with gang and illegal drug activity daily. The participants enjoy a safe, nurturing environment as they interactively learn about Home Maintenance, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Financial Education and Job Etiquette. Embedded throughout the day, is guidance on avoiding anti-social behaviors, such as gang and drug activity. In addition; they gain a sense of pride, develop a strong sense of work etiquette and develop a mutual respect for their neighbors.

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BESTc/o Williams Memorial Development

Board of directors
as of 12/03/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization