Bank of America Names FLITE Center and The Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc. 2020 Neighborhood Builders®

FLITE Center and The Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc. have been named as the 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for Broward County. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the Broward community to address issues fundamental to economic mobility, specifically, providing resources such as career development opportunities to help the county’s homeless population and youth aging out of foster care gain a competitive edge when entering the job market.

As an awardee, each organization receives a $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader, a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact. Since 2004, Bank of America has invested over $260 million in 50 communities through Neighborhood Builders®, partnering with more than 1,300 nonprofits and helping more than 2,600 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. 

“As our communities continue to face a broad spectrum of challenges, primarily, brought on by the coronavirus, the Neighborhood Builders® program helps nonprofits ensure they have the tools and resources to meet the evolving needs of our local community,” said Lori Chevy, Broward County market president for Bank of America. “This investment allows us to empower local nonprofits to double down on their efforts in addressing economic mobility and social progress issues in the regions they serve.”

FLITE Center serves as a one-stop resource center for young people in Broward County, helping guide them through the process of living independently. “This award is a testament to the tremendous effort our entire team has poured in to developing and nurturing each facet of our programs and services and to the collaborative spirit to which we proudly hold ourselves accountable,” said Christine M. Frederick, CEO of FLITE Center. “As a growing non-profit, this award is life changing, not only because of the impact of the funding but because of the quality, transformative training that will undoubtedly help strengthen our framework.”

FLITE Center from left to right: Cara Malave, Emerging Leader; Christine M. Frederick, CEO; and Maria Vo, Director of Business Development

The Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc. will utilize the funds to create a workforce development program called “Impact Hubs” built to transform the homeless shelter environment into a technologically savvy place where a homeless person can access telehealth and work as a telecommuting employee while using modernized computer labs with complete audio/video technology at every kiosk and fully equipped interactive technology classrooms designed for online learning. Broward Partnership has selected Tom Campbell, chief operating officer, as its emerging leader.

Broward Partnership from left to right: Ryon R. Coote, Chief Development Officer; Tom Campbell, Chief Operating Officer; Frances M. Esposito, Chief Executive Officer; and Leisha Austin, Chief Financial Officer

“We are deeply honored to be, once again, the recipient of the 2020 Neighborhood Builders Award. The Bank of America and Broward Partnership share a very similar vision.  It is a vision that seeks to build strong organizational capacity, economic mobility and economic stability,” said Broward Partnership CEO, Frances M. Esposito. 

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