Bogolan Community Development Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated for both educational and charitable purposes. Bogolan is a registered 501c3 in both NY and NJ. One of the primary goals of the organization is to educate youth for the purpose of improving or developing their capabilities, and to educate the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community.

Central to Bogolan CDI’s mission is to provide its students with a comprehensive background of study that will enable them to become socially responsible lifelong learners who are actively engaged in all aspects of community development.

Bogolan offers its students an education in Life Preparedness—in other words preparing them for life as an adult by introducing them to issues of social, political, and economic awareness and responsibility. These lessons will be taught based on the pedagogy of service learning (community service with an academic component) and both qualitative and quantitative research, which increases student retention by creating a connection between the “classroom” and the world.

Service Learning
Teens Making a Difference (TMD)
1. Community cleanup of abandoned lots
2. Tutor and mentor both middle and elementary students
3. Annual coat and clothing drive
4. Raise and donate can goods to City Harvest and soup kitchens
5. Donate school supplies and toiletries to underdeveloped areas
6. Support and participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs
7. Support the development of community gardens and farms

Urban Research
The Participatory Action Research Team (P.A.R.T.) Program is a collaborative program that seeks to establish and maintain effective partnerships between universities and public schools, and to develop innovative ways digital media can be employed to conduct academic research that serves to benefit and work with communities. The program trains high school students to be digital videographers, academic researchers, and community activists, to help address the relevant needs and issues of their communities.
Through the program, participants will be instructed in the techniques of graduate level academic research methods and applied research methods, utilizing digital video production as a research methodology, and finally, working collaboratively with college students to develop participatory action research projects.
Youth participants will learn the following skills:
• Research Design
• Research Methods
• Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
• Analysis of Statistical Data
• Digital Video Production
• Computer Proficiency (Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Excel, SPSS)
• Individual, Group, and Focus Group Interviewing Skills
• Peer Mediation and Tutoring
• Academic Instruction and Facilitation
• Community Organizing

Mentoring
1. Brothers United
2. Sisters United
Adult community members serve as positive social role models for these high school based groups. The teens give back by sharing their knowledge with middle and elementary students


Neighborhood Rebuild
As part of our platform is to strengthen targeted communities, and to develop leaders who will take initiative and be problem solvers, Bogolan CDI is implementing its platform of service learning in conjunction with and in support of the restoration of blighted and stagnant urban areas. Our aim is to facilitate the transformation of toxic urban locales into environmentally friendly, neighborhood enhancements.

Bogolan’s current endeavor will be to support the development of affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey’s West Ward. We are compelled to participate in, and have joined the redevelopment efforts of the New Jersey based urban development company Mid-Atlantic Investment Alliance because the minority developer is resuscitating a neighborhood that has gone neglected and forgotten since the riots of 1967.

Mid-Atlantic has launched a $2,000,000 redevelopment effort on S.9th St. between 11th and 12th avenues consisting of (5) five newly constructed two-family homes. The developer is converting what was formerly vacant and blighted city owned lots into energy efficient, tax rateable, affordable properties. Bogolan’s objective is to provide 20% down payment grant financing to working class buyers of Mid-Atlantic’s current residential development, and the Bogolan/Mid-Atlantic partnership has intentions to support additional residential/commercial development in this area.