Congratulations 2020 Graduates
The Cleveland Life Institute graduation took place on May 20th, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland following guidelines for social distancing and safety concerns (masks removed for this picture only so we could show you our graduation class!)
The Cleveland Life Institute is a faith-based residential executive education program that offers the opportunity to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture and relational to the community. In addition to the interaction of the classroom experience, the student works collaboratively toward solutions to today’s challenges.
The program consists of lectures, the design of a class project, implementation of that project in the community, and a report to the agency on behalf of the project undertaken. A critique of the project will conclude the term with recommendations for the non-profit to assist in taking the non-profit organization to a higher level of expanse or maturity.
The lectures are presented by industry experts under the direction of a resident faculty member. Each project becomes a collaborative work of the students to provide an experiential learning environment to teach various skills in business and management of social entrepreneurship.
This year’s social concern project was a partnership with the leadership of PADS, founded by Director, Delisa Robinson. Pride Among Daughters and Sisters (PADS) is dedicated to making a variety of feminine hygiene products available to women who cannot afford them. The mission of PADS is to provide sanitary pads, tampons, incontinence supplies and other feminine hygiene products to underprivileged girls, youth and adult women in an effort to promote pride, dignity and confidence.
This year’s program began January 29 but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Classes continued through May 13th on Zoom, the video conference platform. Classes were held in the Morrison Room on Wednesday night until going to Zoom. The Class received instruction from seven professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise in various areas of finance, fund-raising, legal concerns, social responsibility, banking, partnership, organization, and management.
Our fall program will begin on September 16th. The Cleveland Life Institute is an educational outreach of First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris, Founder, Dr. Victor Bull, President, and Resident Professor.