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VELA Youth Fund has created a Black Youth Development (BYD) Program focused at middle school students. The program is available for use by all schools, churches, and non profits who desire to improve the academic, social, and spiritual development of middle school aged children.


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.