A Message from Booker T. Washington Community Service Center

There is no shortage of emotions over the last couple of weeks as we all try to comprehend the tragic death of George Floyd – a stark reminder of how our country’s history of racial bigotry and violence perpetuates unlawful killings, injustice and racism. Unsurprisingly, our community’s outrage and reaction to this tragedy is also gravely familiar. Despite six decades of modern era civil rights and the cessation of legal segregation, our nation is still segregated and conditions of racial inequality have steadily worsened. The senseless murder of George Floyd by uniformed police officers sworn to ensure safety is one among innumerable facts that betray the moral failure at the core of established institutions at every level of American society.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that disproportionately takes the lives of Black, Indigenous, and LatinX people, the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center stands in solidarity with the unparalleled mobilization and civic protests that have allowed so many to voice their concerns and disapproval on the streets of our nation’s cities. We stand in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant and countless others who have lost their lives to the evils of prejudice, bigotry and hatred. We stand in solidarity for equity and justice … until the philosophy that separates us, divides us, and fails to recognize the moral and social equality of all citizens, is vanquished from our society. Although the road ahead is filled with struggle, resistance, and the hard work of dismantling institutional racism, we stand hopeful and encourage you all to fill yourselves with hope.

 

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.  – President Barack Obama

The Booker T. Washington Middle School Program

The Booker T. Washington Middle School Program is a warm and nurturing environment for 6th – 8th grade neighborhood youth. The program focuses on project-based learning and enrichment activities; homework assistance, tutoring, cooking, music and art; educational and recreational field trips; personal development coaching; tutoring, computer lab and homework assistance. Community residents serve as volunteers in math, reading and science, bringing special skills such as the arts & craft, and electronics. Click here for After School Success Academy Program Application.

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center Facilities Rental

In 2018, BTWCSC opened its current 70,000 square foot mixed-use building consisting of a new community center (containing a childcare facility, youth programming space, recording studios, a gymnasium, and community space) and 50 units of service-enriched affordable housing, including 24 homes for youth transitioning from foster care. The center’s current portfolio of services and partnerships continue to provide an array of support for an increasingly diverse community of need within the Western Addition. The second century of BTWCSC is on track to be even more dynamic than the first.

Booker T. Washington Senior Wellness Program

Booker T. Washington Senior Wellness Program meets regularly to celebrate birthdays, organize social gatherings and discuss senior related issues. There is also a Booker T. Washington CSC Food Pantry, organized and staffed by our seniors. The pantry provides  produce, bread, dry foods and can goods to families in need.

Chibi Chan Too Preschool

Chibi Chan Too is excited to be a key part of the new BTWCSC, which will include a mixed-use space not only for Chibi Chan Too, but also 50 units of affordable housing, as well as services for youth and adults. The new site will allow Chibi Chan Too to serve an additional 36 children, with one classroom for two to three year-olds, and another for three to five year-olds. 

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