The BDC seeks to enhance the sense of community by developing public spaces, building awareness of opportunities and needs, promoting education and literacy and facilitating neighborhood association meetings throughout Binghampton.
The mindset of the people is changing, people are starting to expect new things"
Octavius Nickson- Wagner General Contractors Inc., BDC Job Training Graduate
The BDC’s Parent Advocates provides a full-time resource for in-school character development classes, one-on-one mentoring and After School Programs at Cornerstone Prep Lester Campus. We seek to relationally engage students in dynamic and intentional ways through many after school clubs including: Bible Club, Carpenter Art Garden, Carpenter Community Garden, Chess Club, Choir, and Brooks Museum Art Club. This year we are facilitating a school-supporting father / significant male group.
Binghampton Times Newspaper
The BDC is weaving a fabric of relationships and developing community tools to improve the quality of life. The Binghampton Times quarterly newspaper gives residents information on events, services and encouraging development in the neighborhood and is mailed to over 3,000 households quarterly.
Resident Groups and Seminars
Community building also involves providing informational and relational forums to tackle life issues. The BDC supports on-going neighborhood resident associations, manages monthly senior health seminars and an annual conference on domestic violence.
Construction Job Training
The BDC uses acquired blighted property as the experiential classroom as the basis for a construction job training program while transforming blight into quality, affordable homes. In addition to four days of construction each week, the program offers a day of intensive construction, life / financial and Christian discipleship / manhood development. Job Training Application
Kaleidoscope strives for a community that comes together regardless of race, ethnicity, and religion to celebrate identity and diversity through food and storytelling. Currently in development, the Kaleidoscope Kitchen Incubator will offer food skills training, entrepreneur development, and small business support to equip Low- to Moderate-Income and minority participants for sustainable careers in the food industry.