BSA operates an innovative Civic Leadership and Engagement program (out-of-school-time, year-round) in Southeast, DC. Staff and trained volunteers use applied and service-learning techniques to help participants:
The BSA believes that while programs offer tools for youth to achieve, addressing the root of the problem makes lasting change; thus significant investments will be made in advocacy and public policy. As stated perfectly by CEO of Schott Foundation for Public Education, John Jackson, “Programs are progress, and we need progress. But policy is power.” The BSA will conduct research on trends and best practices as well as track legislation that impact African American families, in addition to advocate for policies that are equitable and just for all; and seek changes to eliminate structural barriers.