BNBC submitted an ARPA proposal with the primary objective being to advance economic mobility for low-income Black N Brown residents of Brookline. Through job skills training for high-demand industries, residents can obtain secure, high-paying jobs that will translate into a better quality of life.
Secondarily, we will increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the commercial and drone aviation industries. Less than 2% of commercial pilots are Black, with the total reaching only about 3% when pilots who identify as Black or Brown are included. While entry into high-wage careers is one of the best ways to combat historical income gaps for underrepresented groups, representative role models and mentors are also critical to spark interest and later support success for Black and Brown youth in such industries.
Our program addresses this concern using mentorship by successful pilots of color and by building direct pathways to drone and commercial aviation careers. BNB Aviation Training Department's Chief flight instructor has been in the industry for 58 years, and was an FAA examiner. BNB Aviation Training Department has Captains with over a decade in the industry each, and over 100 years of combined experience.
This proposal was rejected by the Brookline ARPA Review Committee without any explanation grounded in fact or reality.
BNBC is the only entity to have submitted an affordable childcare proposal in both ARPA Round 1 and 2. The BNBC Affordable Childcare Committee which is comprised completely of women of color. These women, many being mothers, know first hand that there is no child care facility in Brookline that accepts vouchers. This is inaccessible and unacceptable. The BNBC ACC (Affordable Child Care) proposal details a plan to create an affordable childcare facility that: accepts vouchers, is accessible to low income residents, and is staffed by local Black and Brown residents with living wages.
The ARPA Review Committee has set aside 1M (a fraction of what was asked) for this proposal, with some contingencies.
Additionally, our Cash Assistance Program (CAP) in which we went door to door in marginalized communities in Brookline and gave them $500 gift cards to begin to offset the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic and rising inflation, was a fantastic opportunity for our BNBC team to hear first hand from our target demographic on what they feel would best aid them in socioeconomic mobility, community building, and increasing equity.
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Our program aims to serve the recipients of the BACE scholarships which are primarily being targeted toward low-income Brookline residents, who tend to be disproportionately minority groups, with emphasis on specifically Black and Brown populations. The goal is to help train and upskill members of the communities. Our focus is to upskill adults and others who wish to expand their skill set and get better jobs, without the long route of college degrees.
The scope of our support will cover the following core areas:
1. Data Analytics Support
2. Marketing and Ecommerce
3. UI/UX Design
4. Project Management
5. Introduction to Data Analytics
This proposal was rejected by the Brookline ARPA Review Committee without any legitimate and logical explanation.
Bossman Construction in partnership with Black and Brown Club: The primary objective for our Affordable Housing Program is to purchase, renovate, and make available affordable housing in a geographically accessible location for low vulnerable, low income, Black N Brown Brookline residents and create a path to ownership for historically disenfranchised communities. BNBC plans to purchase a vacant residential properties locally to develop them into affordable housing units for low income, BIPOC, and vulnerable families. All construction renovations will be interior, thereby maintaining the existing character of the building in the community while increasing affordable housing and creating a path for homeownership for low-income, BIPOC, those otherwise disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and other similarly vulnerable populations of Brookline residents.
This proposal was rejected by the Brookline ARPA Review Committee without any clear explanation despite it being publicly stated that by the ARPA ReviewCommittee that they were going to write a letter of commitment for 1.3M and encouraged BNBC to use said letter to seek further funding.
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