The BEAM Village Hub is a collective of Black educational service providers united under the mission to break generational cycles of socioeconomic suppression for Black residents through community-driven educational support structures. We define Black as those single racial, biracial, or multiracial individuals whose contemporary relatives include persons who are of African descent. The group has a four-pronged plan for community engagement toward fulfillment of this mission:
- community-wide public education programming for both Black youth and adults,
- Black culturally specific training and development for school districts and parent change agents,
- intervention and family liaison services for Black students, and
- policy and practice research and development.
These foci make it possible for BEAM collaborators to impact social change for Black community members at individual, community, and societal scales. Our members work together toward transformational change by offer programming that fit the needs of the community.
BEAM’s greatest strength is our “Intergenerational Village Model”. Ultimately, the Village Model and all projects are intentionally designed and led by Black professionals who have expertise in their focus areas with years of success serving Black students and community members.