How to Start a Black Parent Group Chapter in Your Community
The Black Parent Group (BPG) is a non-profit organization with the mission of educating, empowering, and restoring families by offering non-judgmental support.
The group is FREE and open to all races, but is culturally focused on the African-American race.
The group takes a holistic approach and focuses on the healing of the whole individual and family.
The group also connects individuals to community resources and presents attendees with a detailed look into housing, education, childcare, legal, health care, advocacy, and other parenting resources.
The BPG seeks to reach families around the world and if you share our passion for improving the lives of families, we encourage you to keep reading to learn what it takes to bring a BPG to your community.
Why start a Black Parent Group Chapter? Through the BPG you can provide support to parents in need and have a significant and long-lasting impact on their lives, their families and your community. By launching a BPG chapter you will become a valued member of a unique not-for-profit organization and your community. You not only will have access to a wide variety of resources, expertise, and support but also will enjoy the reward of rebuilding the “village” of people around the community and the world who share your dedication and enthusiasm of restoring the family unit.
How much of a Commitment is it to start a Black Parent Group Chapter? Starting a BPG chapter may be rewarding, but it will also demand a tremendous amount of time and effort. While enthusiasm and excitement are great you also must be ready for the more frustrating aspects of the start-up process. New chapters need to find suitable meeting space, obtain funding from diverse sources to cover operating costs, recruit volunteers, build relationships with referral agencies, establish accounting tracking systems, and much, much more.
Chapter Start-Up Process This is a very brief description of the Steps to establish a Black Parent Group (BPG) Chapter. Keep in mind that the BPG organization will support you and provide consultation during each step.
1. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to formally express interest in starting a chapter. A business meeting will be set up to discuss the details. The first thing you should know is the cost: There is a $1300 start up fee that includes support, training, and advisement. If you or your organization decide to move forward to establish a BPG chapter. A contract will be executed between the BPG organization and the individual/institution.
2. A background check will be conducted of all BPG chapter members (the facilitator and the volunteers of the group). A criminal history doesn’t necessarily disqualify the applicants but it will be taken into consideration. We are a family based program and we serve children as well as parents. Childcare is offered at each parent meeting.
3. Submit the proper paperwork and application.
4. Attend a group facilitator training.
5. Find at least 3 possible locations to hold the meetings. Choose one that best fits the needs of the community that you serve. The BPG believes in excellence so the location should be safe, clean, comfortable in temperature, have space for the children to be in a separate room, etc.
6. Find volunteers to assist with childcare, group facilitation, outreach, etc.
7. Plan an open house, write a news release, to introduce the community to your new BPG chapter
Serious Inquires Only: There is a lot of hard work involved in having a BPG chapter. However, it is so very rewarding for those that truly want to make a difference. Why are we still waiting on another hero when the hero is inside of us?
We would love to welcome you to our family of affiliates. Each chapter is responsible for all financial-related responsibilities. The BPG organization will expect each chapter to be involved in fundraising efforts and the BPG founders and financial advisors will determine how raised funds will be spent.