The National Benevolent Association is proud to announce the 2023 Social Entrepreneurship Cohort. Launched in 2021, the SENT cohort is part of NBA’s Social Entrepreneurship Program led by Rev. Darnell Fennell and Rev. Ashley Mayham.
This year’s Cohort is comprised of 11 members whose social enterprises touch on a range of topics, including The Trac, which provides access to professional opportunities for adolescent men; Come As You Are Collective which creates space for queer and BIPOC individuals to receive mental health care; and Glam Academy, which supports women looking to heal from past trauma.
The Cohort will have four huddles each year, two in-person and two virtual. These multi-day sessions allow members to create deep connections with one another. Additionally, members will work closely with the Social Entrepreneurship team and other subject matter experts to gain new skills and complete key tasks such as applying for a 501(c)3, designing a logo, and working on their elevator pitch. Knowing that entrepreneurship can be an isolating journey, Rev. Fennell and Rev. Mayham have created a space over the last few years that gives entrepreneurs a space to share wins, challenges, goals, and updates.
“We are excited to be launching our third SENT cohort,” says Rev. Fennell. “Walking alongside so many talented entrepreneurs who are committed to challenging the status quo and have a passion for social service has been a blessing.”
Get to know the Cohort, by watching their pitches below!
Making a Child Change Foundation is setting out to improve the outcomes of African American children and families in poverty.
The Center for Prophetic Activism is a faith-based social justice enterprise that focuses on bringing together faith communities, activists, organizers, and others to bring forth transformation in communities.
AGAPE Project believes queer asylum seekers deserve a safe space where they can be who they are and get the support they need. The organization provides companionship, financial support, and other resources for legal aid.
As a military veteran, Myron Goins understands what's needed for those who leave the military after their service. Helping Hands Center of Hope helps veterans get acclimated back into society after leaving the military.
The TRAC gives access to high-energy exciting activities for adolescent boys who have interests that fall outside of sports and entertainment.
Come As You Are Collective is a nonprofit organization with a mission to accompany and resource the Queer and BIPOC communities with accessible and low-to-no-cost Spiritual Direction and Licensed Mental Health Services. We collaborate across specialties to curate an affirming, just, and welcoming space that leans in toward what you hold sacred and we care from there.
The Co-Conspirator Firm seeks to eradicate white supremacy culture using a community ethos where people are transformed so they might transform systems.
The Glam Academy is a six-week program that promotes healing and resiliency in women who have experienced trauma using pastoral care and therapeutic interventions.
Restore Clergy seeks to improve the mental health and wellness of the clergy population and address burnout.
Sheen Creations is an arena where the world heals when underrepresented life artists play, polish, and present their talents and stories.