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A ‘first of its kind’ training pipeline for low-income BIPOC residents to enter the general commercial aviation and drone aviation fields. This project will increase the number of BIPOC, which are underrepresented, in these high-demand industries while promoting economic mobility for low-income residents through advanced training and skills development. We have partnered with BNBATP (Black N Brown Aviation Training Program) @ www.bnbatp.com and https://youtube.com/shorts/ZfiLQH-LPcA?feature=share) to ensure a smooth transition into bringing drone delivery to the state of Massachusetts and the North East region of USA.
Our Training Department currently consists of aviation experts with over 100 years of experience. The Training Department is led by Captain Joe Crawford, Commercial Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea, Multi-Engine, and Instrument. Certified Flight Instructor Airplane, and FAA Pilot Examiner (former), with over 50 years of experience, 40,000+ total hours flown, The Aviation Training Program (ATP) has already facilitated 8 Black and Brown residents, ranging from Mattapan to Brookline, to take their first flight as pilot in command, and the summer cohort for the FAA107 Drone Pilot License has already gotten their recreational licenses. Currently, our 3rd FAA 107 Cohort has 5 Brookline residents on track to graduate and obtain their FAA 107 ratings by September 30th.
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.
We have secured 1M in grant funding for this project.
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.
Additionally, our Cash Assistance Program (CAP) in which we went door to door in marginalized communities 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.
See videos at: https://www.youtube.com/@BlackNBrownClub
Our program served the recipients of the BACE scholarships which are primarily being targeted toward low-income Black N Brown residents, who tend to be disproportionately minority groups, with emphasis on specifically Black and Brown populations. This helped 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
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