Yo Bro Yo Girl illustrates the impact of venture philanthropy
SVP Investee, Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative’s programs are designed to keep youth out of gangs, away from drugs, and to remain in school. Their programs help youth develop the resiliency to deal with the challenges that life may throw at them. Early identification of risk factors and outreach to those most vulnerable to criminal or gang involvement has been proven to be an effective crime prevention technique.
Earlier this year, the City of Surrey responded to their increased crime rate with their Public Safety Strategy and recognized Yo Bro Yo Girl as being critical to influencing youth before they go down a path of bad influence. This recognition means that for the next three years, Yo Bro Yo Girl will receive $50,000 annually from the City to grow their programs into elementary schools starting this September.
At a press conference last Saturday, Ary Azez (pictured above) tells the crowd how the YoBro program changed his life for the better. Azez (a former Yo Bro participant) will lead the expansion of the anti-gang program into Surrey’s elementary schools. Read full story HERE.
Yo Bro’s Lead Partner and Board Chair, Nick Bedford, was also on hand on Saturday to say a few words and thank Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner andSurrey school trustee Laurae McNally for their support and recognition of the value of the organization.
Yo Bro Yo Girl is an excellent example of SVP’s time + money model in action. SVP Partner resources and Lead Partner Nick’s dedication and commitment to Yo Bro have helped catapult the organization into a growth trajectory. When Yo Bro Yo Girl first partnered with SVP, they were in two schools serving less than 100 kids. In the last four years with SVP they have expanded to 16 schools, operate more than 30 programs, and work with over 800 kids.
“The critical thing about SVP is that we step up with money and also vital resources in areas like fund development, IT, human resources, accounting, and legal, etc.,” says Nick. “These are the areas where SVP makes that difference – making the organization more sustainable. We allow the specialists to focus on what they’re best at – delivering programs and services to the communities they serve.”
Read the City’s official announcement and watch Yo Bro Yo Girl’s Executive Director, Joe Calendino, tell their story.