The Office of the President, the Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, and The Center for Bronx Nonprofits (CBNP) of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College presented its Strategic Plan 2014-2017: Supporting Nonprofit Capacity in the Bronx on March 26 in the Hostos Café. Since Spring 2014, more than 100 community leaders from the academic, government, private industry, and nonprofit sector provided ideas for this multi-year plan.

Since launching in 2012, with collaborative support from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and initial funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundations and the New York Community Trust, the CBNP has played a key role in supporting Bronx-based community leaders and nonprofit organizations strengthen their capacity to serve their missions and constituencies.

In the past two years, the CBNP has hosted over 22 workshops, trainings, resource sharing and networking events that have reached 728 Bronx nonprofit professionals and over 422 organizations that account to more than 16 percent of the registered nonprofits in the Bronx. The CBNP’s networking functions have allowed nonprofit.

Held in the Hostos Café, the event was MC’d by Carlos Molina, Vice President for Continuing Education & Workforce Development, and attended by Hostos Interim President David Gómez, Eileen Newman, Director of the CBNP; and Eileen Torres, Executive Director of BronxWorks, as well as host of Hostos faculty, staff, administrators, students and community supporters.

Gómez said the plan “kept the spirit of Hostos alive” through its focus on community service.

In her second year as the Director of the Center, Newman said she was thrilled to see so many people and organizations, including BronxWorks, believe in the CBNP’s mission.

The CBNP is set to launch a monthly television program on BronxNet, MissionBronx, which will begin taping in April. The program will feature interviews with nonprofit directors, elected officials and other community heads who understand that one aspect of making the Bronx a better place to live, is by strengthening support services and empowering collaboration among the nonprofit sector. Mission Bronx will be a 30-minute program hosted by Eileen Newman where guests will share stories of the meaningful work being carried out in neighborhoods throughout the borough. Early episodes includes, The Challenges of Nonprofits, Mergers and Strategic Partnerships and Healthcare Issues.

Another CBNP initiative unveiled on March 26 was the new Executive Management Certificate Program for middle managers which includes a Peer Learning Network component (PLN).

The Executive Management Certificate Program is a 10-month course curriculum designed to address real organizational and leadership challenges of nonprofit organizations. In addition, a PLN will be created specifically for Executive Directors to work together to address their unique challenges.

You can also follow the CBNP on its Facebook page here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.