The Black Parent Initiative
Since 2006, the mission of BPI has been “to educate and mobilize the parents and caregivers of Black and multi-ethnic children to ensure they achieve success.
Bottom Line for Portland
It’s no secret: COVID-19 has significantly and disproportionately impacted Black community members. Yet, the disparities and racism faced by Black community members far precedes COVID. Since our inception, our mission and programs have helped reduce the persistent, pervasive inequities felt by children of color in our shared city. Although Black community members are strong, they are often not given the tools they need to succeed. And as the pandemic continues to rip through our community, our work is more critically important than ever. Demand for our services continues to grow, resulting in exponential growth for BPI over the past year. Further, we expect the COVID rebuilding and recovery process will continue into 2022 and 2023. As BPI’s Executive Director, Bahia Overton, shares, “Our strength and resilience will help us get through [COVID-19]! We have and will continue to use joy, creativity, and innovation because we have had to make a way out of no way forever. BPI is here to help shoulder the weight of these challenges and to be a source of strength and healing during the pandemic and after.” Overall, supporting Black and African American community members helps lift up our entire community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is the reason our organization exists. 100% of those served identify as African American, African, Black, and/or African American Multiracial. Over the past 15 years, BPI has become readily recognizable as a culturally specific service provider. From our mission to our culturally specific practices to our events tailored for communities of color, Black parents have resonated with our work. To further respond to systemic disparities and racism, and support equitable outcomes, we use a community-centered design process to create innovative, co-constructed family programs and supports. Our culturally representative staff, board members, and volunteers have faced many of the same obstacles as those we serve, and they offer clients a deep and shared understanding of how it feels to live in Black skin. Our lived experience and expertise have helped us create an environment where we focus on the strengths and abilities of our children and families because we have the greatest confidence in their beauty, promise, and capacity. BPI honors this shared history and has pride in all we have accomplished together. Though, we recognize disparities still exist and only through culturally specific, relationship-based approaches can we begin to address community needs.
- Donations of $25 or more receive 20% off at Stackin Kickz Clothing
- Donations of $50 or more receive a free cupcake from DB Dessert Company
- Big Give Day 3 (11/18): first 10 people to donate $100 or more receive dinner, dessert and drinks for 2 at Le Bontemps Cafe & Catering Bon Apetit
- Big Give Day 5 (11/30): Everyone who donates $100 or more is entered into drawing for Be the Healing Wellness Basket from Joy DeGruy Publications
- Big Give Day 9 (12/30): The first 10 people to donate $75 or more receive an autographed copy of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy from Joy DeGruy Publications