NATIONAL PROGRAM FOCUS
The National First Vice President is responsible for creating national programs to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Association for adults and young adult clubs.
National Convention activities include workshops, opportunities for clubs to showcase outstanding projects and their Women’s History project. Recognition is given for year-end reports documenting compliance with the national program objectives. Individual members are recognized for volunteer service performed in their communities.
– Diane E. Toppin
NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTIVES
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.’s program focus is (LETS) Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Service provided in the areas of Health, Education, Employment and Economic Development—H.E.E.D. Clubs identify local needs and implement projects to address the issues in their communities.
Our clubs offer training for business and professional women preparing them for leadership positions in their careers and their communities. Our national directive encourages participation in activities that enhance quality leadership development through internal leadership academies and workshops, mentoring, and opportunities to assist in the preparation of our youth for future leadership positions.
Entrepreneurial training and resources are made available to members of the organization and women in the community interested in taking advantage of education and opportunity to aid in developing or enhancing effective business skills. The Association offers this type of training for women interested in starting a business, improving business skills and/or expanding an existing business by increasing their knowledge base and business expertise.
Technology is a key to effective communication and operation in the 21st Century. Understanding and utilizing all aspects of technology is mandatory and through the efforts of our local club sisters our organization offers technology training for women interested in improving technology skills or seeking certification for a technology related business. We encourage thought from our youth about the pursuing careers in technology.
Providing information through programs and initiatives in HEED (health, education, employment and economic development) that inform, enlighten, and strengthen our communities.
Health – our club members share their expertise and knowledge, design and implement projects addressing health issues, advocating and supporting community health initiatives.
Education – our clubs implement an array of activities including financial aid workshops, adopting schools, college tours, test taking techniques and mentoring. The scholarship program is the foundation of the education focus on the local, district and
Employment – this disparity in wages and job opportunities is evident throughout the African American community for women and men. Our programs include providing information on employment, careers, and skill building.
Economic Development – clubs direct their programming efforts on developing and sustaining Minority and women owned businesses in our communities. Projects address the difficulty in accessing business capital, accumulating personal assets, real property holdings, estate planning and retirement strategies.
OTHER NATIONALLY MANDATED PROJECTS
The Five Nationally Mandated Programs that must be addressed by each adult club in the association:
- A.F.E. Encounters (Sound Advice for Effective Encounters) – In view of the rise in police shootings it is essential that we help our young people learn how to respond when interacting with law enforcement officials. Club programs and activities should beinitiated toward this end. The ultimate goal is to build positive relationships between our youth and law enforcement personnel in order to save lives.
- Get Ready, Stay Ready! (Emergency Preparedness) – This initiative can help spread the message about the need to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Our club programs are designed to encourage individuals and families to have an emergency plan that will save lives and minimalize danger.
- Triple the P.I.N.K. (Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness) – Triple negative breast cancer occurs in up to 20% of diagnosed breast cancers and is more likely to affect younger people in the African American population. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and difficulty to treat and is more likely to spread and recur. It is this organization’s objective to educate minority populations about this disease and its effect/impact on our people.
- Think Heart, Think Health (Heart Disease Awareness) – The number one killer of women in this country is heart disease. Our members serve as health ambassadors to educate our communities about the prevalence among African American women as are other “silent killers” such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
- Domestic Violence…On Lock Down– Programs designed to spotlight, identify and teach prevention of the willful intimidation, physical assault battery, sexual assault, and abusive behavior experienced by both women and men at the hands of their loved ones and family members. Programs that teach prevention enable our memberships to advocate for those affected by domestic violence; making resources readily available to our communities is the focus of our efforts to address domestic violence.
VOCAL ARTS PROGRAM
The Vocal Arts Competition was first introduced in 1983 as the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition. The 2001 Convention changed the name to the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists upon joining the National Opera Association to offer additional benefits to the contestants.
The competition is designed to recognize promising young black classical vocalists by providing a performance venue and scholarships. The competition begins on the local club level. The first place district winner competes at the National Convention.
LOCAL CLUB PROGRAM MANDATES
Founders Day Observence
This observance provides the local club with the opportunity to present the Sojourner Truth Award to an outstanding African American woman. This award, established in 1948, is the highest award given by the Association.
Women’s History Month Program
The first Saturday in March is designated as NANBPWC, Inc. Women’s History Day. The purpose is to focus on the many contributions made by African American women who have been and are instrumental in advancing education, business, professions, technology, family and community.