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' scope of work focuses on three target populations/vulnerable communities:

African-Americans/communities     I     Same-gender loving, Trans and Queer (SGLTQ) people /communities     I     ​​Persons with Behavioral Health issues/communities     


CROPs' leadership team, approach framework, and community involvement-activities can be seen below (Pictures below can be enlarged by clicking them)​​

     CROPs Program Director, Michael Robinson, facilitating a   

     listening session  - assessing self efficacy . The session was for

     African-American men in Jackson, Mississippi.








BACH CROPs' LCSW Michael Robinson  and Dr. Benjamin lecturing about SGLTQ social determinants of health at Tulane University  School of Public Health's 2017 Health, Racism and Communication Series. 

“I will find the way to do this. So be it! See to it!”     - Octavia Butler

     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.











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.



















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Dr. Earl Nupsius Benjamin, Dr.H.Sc.

Executive Director, CROPs

ebenjamin@thebachgroup.org

CROPs' Behavior Health/communities work: 

CROPs   

 CROPs Executive Director, Dr. Earl Benjamin, speaking truth to power at Job1 & ResCare job training graduation - key-note speaker.







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Dr. Benjamin on panel with other

community stakeholders at the 2018 Greater

New Orleans Funders Network's Quarterly

Convening - discussing social determinants,

disparities and funding and resource needs of

New Orleans and Louisiana’s SGLTQ 

populations.

CROPs' SGLTQ/communities work: 

CROPs' African-Americans/communities work: 

​​The BACGroup

Michael Louis Robinson,

​MSW, LCSW

Program Director, CROPs

mrobinson@thebachgroup.org

     

     Michael Robinson,

     BACH Therapeutic Counseling

     Services Psychotherapist and

     CEO , provides no cost 

     services  - therapy

     (group/individual) 

     and/or coaching to  BACH's

     identified  target populations.


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