CROPs Executive Director, Dr. Earl Benjamin, speaking truth to power at Job1 & ResCare job training graduation - key-note speaker.
CROPs, with other community members and organizations, met with New Orleans Police Precinct 2 Commander Gernon and Sergeant Heillon. CROPs leadership helped coach and support community gatekeeper, Tela Love, in outlining the needs of her community for this convening.
CAPACITY-BUILDING, RESOURCES, & OPPORTUNITIES FOR POPULATIONS (CROPs)
Established in 2016, CROPs' vision is "building the capacity of people & populations to be healthy and well" and it's mission is "to cultivate, empower, and support the
capacity and skills development of vulnerable populations - improving self-efficacy, wellness, and well-being". Thus, in an effort to better service - build the capacity of vulnerable populations , CROPs acquired its 501 (c) 3 status as a public charity, 509 (a) (2).
CROPs' leaders believe that building one 's self -efficacy supports improvements in one's wellness and well-being.
CROPs' leadership team, approach framework, and community involvement-activities can be seen below.
CROPs Program Director, Michael Robinson, facilitating a listening session for ViiV Healthcare. The session was for African-American men in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I will find the way to do this. So be it! See to it!” - Octavia Butler
Michael Louis Robinson,
Program Director, CROPs
Black Pride Education Empowerment (BPEE) Series
BACH's CROPs' black pride educational series are events and mediums that focus on same-gender loving (SGL; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual), trans , and queer people's health disparities and resilience. The series' inaugural event, the BPEEtalks, took place November 25th at the New Orleans Jazz Market. The event was a success, with over 200
registrants. BPEEtalks event pictures can be seen below and videos can be seen on the
Black Pride Education Empowerment Series Facebook page.
The second annual BPEEtalks will take place in November, 2018. Other, smaller, BPEE Series events will be taking place throughout Louisiana starting in 2018. These events will include smaller community edu-empowerment gathers in Shreveport and Baton Rouge. The Talks - 15 minute Facebook Lives where Black SGLTQ persons' lived experiences will be featured and discussed, will also be starting in 2018. More information on The Talks will be shared soon.
Dr. Earl Nupsius Benjamin, Dr.H.Sc.
Executive Director, CROPs