GCF, Inc. is here for young men in grades 6 thru 12, for the community in need of assistance during emergencies and disasters and is here to encourage and reward volunteerism because it truly takes a village to effect positive changes in lives.
Groove Community Foundation, Inc. Community Services
Groove Leadership Academy
The Groove Leadership Academy is the premier, signature, and national model program of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. that offers young men an alternative to the marginal lifestyle many experiences today. GCF, Inc. recognizes challenges that young males face today are multifaceted and have a variety of sources: lack of parent/s or mentors, negative messages from their neighborhoods, negative messages in the media, and sometimes from within their own families. The Academy exists to change the script for African American males from lack of direction, one of incarceration, homelessness, and substandard living to one of inclusion, success, educational advances and a productive and positive life.
At the Core of Groove Leadership Academy:
The program reaches out to middle school students in grades 6 through 8 and high school males in grades 9 through 12. The young men are referred by parents, teachers and often by other young men already enrolled in the program. The program is designed to operate concurrently with the school year and works in partnership with local schools to provide the best opportunity for these bright, energetic young men to become the best in their communities. Groove Leadership Academy becomes the village that provides the leadership and safety net for those who often have none.
The program exposes young men to a variety of options in life, focusing on their vision and goals for life. The young men are taken on tours of colleges and universities, taken to workplaces of interest to them and provided the opportunity to give back to their community by volunteering with homeless shelters and other areas of need.
Emergency and Disaster Relief
Often, the most vulnerable of our communities are the hardest hit and the
slowest to recover from natural disasters or unexpected community
emergencies. The Groove Comminity Foundation, Inc. offers financial
assistance to those in need after disasters such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes,
tornadoes, floods or other disasters that disrupt the communities normal routine, and
bring everyday events, such as working or grocery shopping, to a temporary halt.
Groove Community Foundation, Inc. provides robust volunteer opportunities for its core members and for interested members of the community. Giving back is the mantra that many hear but few follow. Sometimes it is because there is no one that reaches out. Groove Community Foundation, Inc. reaches out and trains others to work to build a stronger community. The volunteer work is recognized by GCF, Inc on a regular basis, because there is always the need for additional help with the various programs that the Foundation offers the community.