Since its grand opening in 2018, Flint’s Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village has become a community hub and oasis to many area families. On any given day, the center is abuzz with activity from academic, art, and athletic activities to community enrichment programs.
This fall it is also home to the GearUp2Lead Invictus Academy, an alternative school serving middle school students.
It is, as it should be and will ever remain, a positive place filled with hope for the future, according to Maryum Rasool, its executive director.
And, beginning this Saturday, it will be home to something more.
The Village Market, a partnership between Flint Fresh and SBEV to provide a mobile, fresh fruit and vegetable market at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, will officially open Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Market, funded by Toyota’s: Neighborhood Revitalization Program, will offer a variety of fresh fare to local neighborhood residents. Shoppers will be encouraged to “double up” the value of their purchases via the Double Up Food Bucks program, which gives Bridge Card users a dollar-for-dollar match for every purchase of fruits and vegetables up to $20.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is managing fund disbursement of the Village Market program.
Every year, as students return to school, area parents can be sure of one thing: They will come home with a long school supply list.
This year, 150 families can cross backpacks and traditional school supplies off their list by attending SBEV’s ‘Pack your Back’ Giveaway.
The giveaway, headed by Pack Your Back Director Galen Miller, will open at 1 p.m. and conclude when its backpack inventory is depleted.
Hydration stations have been in high demand throughout the city. And, this Saturday, the SBEV will officially accept its second Waterbox donation from celebrity and environmental advocate Jaden Smith and celebrity representatives from the Kindhumans Foundation, which is sponsoring the Waterbox.
Smith and celebrity guests will entertain questions from area youth, which is sure to be one of the highlights of the day.
There are a lot of good things going on in Flint. Invariably, the SBEV remains at the center of it all. See for yourself this Saturday.
Editor’s Note: For additional information visit sbev.org
Lead 2018 file photo courtesy of Pack Your Back