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Black Youth Development (BYD) Program UPDATE:


         VELA Youth Fund is now accepting Registrations for its Black Youth Development Program (BYD)

         for the 2023-24 school year (Sept -June). The first 10 -12 User Organizations to register will

         receive FREE access to a DYNAMIC, technically driven curriculum; encompassing a “Rites Of Passage”

         journey to support black teenage youth spiritually, culturally, socially, and academically. VELA is a 501c3

         nonprofit charity licensed to raise funds and support charitable services in the United States, as well as

         in the Caribbean and Africa. In the U.S., deserving students receive VELA Scholarships, and now,

         Black Youth will also have the opportunity to benefit from VELA's newly designed

         Black Youth Development Program…Churches, Schools, and Nonprofit Organizations serving

         black youth are eligible for the program. Please see details @, and contact

         Dr. Earl Mitchell @ or 949-697-3207 for more information about the program

         and the registration process. 

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   VELA Introduces BYD Program To                   Indio Community



VELA Youth Fund has created a Black Youth Development (BYD) Program focused at middle and high school students. The program is available for use by all schools, churches, and nonprofits who desire to improve the cultural, social, academic, and spiritual development of youth at these grade levels.


This is an Afrocentric Rites Of Passage Program that consists of curriculum and community building activities to improve

student performance and family resilience. It can be run as an after-school program, on weekends, or during the summer. Examples of our BYD Curriculum include Family Responsibilities, Black History - Present and Future, Effective Communication, Community Service, and other critical topics.


VELA Youth Fund is licensed to use Canvas; a widely used  Learning Management System (LMS) for 500 Users. Thus

the program is available for Free for the first 500 Users. As we add more users, there will be a very minimal technology cost to share.


Please contact VELA Chairman, Dr. Earl Mitchell, @ or 949-697-3207 for further information. 

 HONORARIUM OPPORTUNITY FOR  Senior Students Willing To Help Younger Students


VELA Youth Fund, a Partner with BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) in Palm Springs, CA, PREP Academy in Indio, CA, and First Baptist Church of Indio, CA is extending "Honorarium Opportunities" to selected students of African American background aspiring to further their education at an institution of higher learning. Students must be a resident of the Coachella Valley, and either a graduating high school senior or a 1st year student at an institution of higher learning within the local area. Successful awardees will receive remuneration of $1,000 per school year in exchange for community service performed in support of our Partners. The work performed will be in support of VELA Youth Fund's Black Youth Development Program.

Please Contact Dr. Earl Mitchell @ 949-697-3207  for more information. 


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