Message from the Executive Director
The past two years has provided me with many meaningful opportunities and experiences. I had the opportunity to play an important role in contributing to the development and implementation of our three year strategic plan, new programs (i.e. Family Academy, STEM Academy), and strengthening our strategic relationships with partner organizations. 2021 marked the implementation of our three year strategic plan. Here is a brief synopsis of the progress on our strategic objectives.
People We Serve: New family centered programs were added that provided access to academic resources. The Hunt for Success Family Academy provide guidance to parent on educational advocacy. The program offered ways for parents to support their child’s academically through free virtual workshops and varies giveaways. Special thanks to Costco who provided financial support for this program. The STEM Academy program, a youth development program, has been funded by Wake County American Rescue Plan Community Grant. This program will be fully developed and implemented next year.
Internal Processes: This year included a partnership with Saint Augustine’s University Media and Communications Department which provided an opportunity for a student intern with the community center. Miss Alyssa Berry was our first intern. Though this internship opportunity we were able to increase program visibility by developing our social media strategy and posting content to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. We look forward to hosting other interns next year.
Funding: This year we witness some diversity in funding support. Grants were received from Costco, the John Rex Endowment and Wake County American Rescue Plan Community Grant. We also saw an increase in individual donors as a result of the “Unleashing the Power of Giving Campaign.”
This report provides a glimpse of the impact we have been able to have in 2021.
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that I am leaving my role as Executive Director. I have relocated to Hawaii. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such an engaging board of directors, many wonderful community partners and dedicated volunteers. Though my time with the Berean Community Center has come to a close, I remain committed to the mission equipping students and their families through family-centered programs and access to academic, career, financial and health resources that increase academic success, career opportunities and improve wellness.
Thank you and Aloha,
Christine Montague-Hicks M.ED, NCC, LCMHC
|People||Internal Processes||People We Serve||Funding|
|Provide board education and training||Increase staff capacity||Offer training to parents on and about social media||Identify and reach all potential donors|
|Increase space||Provide guidance to minority parents on educational advocacy||Diversify funding sources|
|Increase visibility of our programs||Offer youth programs to foster social, wellness and leadership development|
|Develop a coalition of strategic partnerships||Engage parents / community in program development|
|Increase volunteer capacity||Offer education in financial and economic empowerment|
Berean Community Center received $78,761.07 in revenue for the fiscal year. Our revenue came from Berean Baptist Church, BCC Board of Directors, general donations, and grants.
Expenses for the fiscal year were $30,633.31.
2021/2022 Board of Directors
Berean Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY and Raleigh, NC,
My Eye Doctor
Mr. J’Sham High
Wake County Public School System
Mrs. Jacqueline Wynn, MPH
Public Health (Retired)
Board Vice President
Mrs. Kathleen High
Executive Ministry Director,
Berean Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC
Mr. Robert Hanks, Jr.
Ms. Nia Mariso
NC Area Health Education Center
Minister of Pastoral Care,
Berean Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC