The National Opportunity League (NOL) prepares to launch B.E.S.T.; a safe, summer pilot program that will focus on reducing youth poverty, addressing crime in historically underserved communities, strengthening families, and building community trust. The mission is to develop 208 young men, between the ages of 12 - 18 years old, into the B.E.S.T. person possible through Basketball, Entrepreneurship, Servanthood, and Training in partnership with local police organizations and Make Dallas One City.  "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart away from it."  Proverbs 22:6. 

 

According to the Dallas Morning News, as of November 2018, the city of Dallas is ranked 3rd among major cities in youth poverty. Youth poverty has a direct link to crime, confirmed by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on May 21, 2019. During the press conference, she announced, based on DPD data, that there has been an increase in the arrest of 14 to 18-year old’s in the southern sector of Dallas County. Additionally, as of May 26, 2019, just in the month of May alone, there have been 31 murders committed in the city of Dallas. If you have a question as to the importance of B.E.S.T., please invest 5 minutes and watch the entire video. 

B.E.S.T.'s pioneering partners are local police officers, law enforcement organizations, RFAA Foundation Inc., Southern Hills Church of Christ, River Ranch Educational Charities, BV Solution, Dunbar LLC., OCOA Logistics 2, Nexx Level Radio, and private donors. They have been asked to sponsor the $300.00 commitment fee for each youth participant. The commitment fee is tax deductible, yet this action will far benefit our local and global community. This action will create a positive, virtual relationship with the officer and the youth they have sponsored. Additionally, this effort could be a feeder program for preparing young people for a career in law enforcement while restoring trust in police. The $300.00 will assist with food, the initial deposit for the youths' bank account, transportation, required curriculum classroom supplies, and any other additional teaching supplies as needed. 

 

B.E.S.T.'s registration will open on June 3, 2019. The pilot program will start June 10 - August 17, 2019, B.E.S.T. will operate Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. In an effort to directly address issues that plague most youth (ages 12 to 18) that live in underserved communities B.E.S.T. will focus daily on the three C's. 

 

  • Conflict Resolution - to change the thought of grabbing a gun to resolve an issue.

  • Consequences - to show them how to count the cost of each action or decision they make. 

  • Chivalry - teaching them how to love, beloved, and be a gentleman to girls and women.

 

Each youth will have a bank account opened and they will be required to do the following based on their monthly income earned:

  •  40% Deposited in IDA (Individual Development Account) savings account

  • 20% Given to parent or guardian to support living expenses

  • 5% To Legal Shield for Family Protection

  • 1% Donated to Neighborhood Policing Accountability Program called We Are Going Home

  • 34% Youth can spend however he chooses (will be required to document the spending)

 

 

The youth will engage in friendly competition and be equipped with life-altering positive opportunities through the following: 

 

  • Basketball - 8 Weeks of League Play and 2 Tournaments which will serve as an exercise

  • Entrepreneurship - developing each into a Youth Business Owner 

  • Servanthood - visiting nursing homes, delivering meals to seniors, mowing the elderly or veterans’ lawns.

  • Training - each participant will receive financial literacy, sales, and QuickBooks training.

 

 

The summer is filled with the following team building and appreciation events: 

  • June 9 - Make Dallas One City Family Reunion

  • July 5 - July 7th Safe Summer Youth Extravaganza 

  • August 17 - Thank You Festival 

 

All participants will be encouraged to commit to a minimum of 12 months. During the 12 months they will be trained by subject matter by leaders on the following foundational skills: analytical thinking, teamwork, budgeting, organizational structure, building relationships, writing skills, communication skills,  supervisory skills, computers, being a self-starter, approaching customer service, quality assurance, remaining detail-oriented, problem solving skills, English/grammar, time-management, leadership, project management, meeting deadlines, presentation skills, multi-tasking, planning, goal-setting, and art of negotiating. 

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