Charisse Bremond Weaver
orty-two years ago, a group of like-minded individuals formed the Brotherhood Crusade (originally known as the Black Congress) with little more than an ideology and $15,000.00 in seed money from my late father Walter Bremond, Founder. Today, their mandate to empower and uplift their community—both economically and socially— remains critically integral to those who are looked to be ostensibly beyond help.
s a consequence of your generous support, the seed they planted 42 years ago continues to be irrigated and infused with nutrients and has germinated into a tree of life for thousands of South Los Angeles and surrounding community residents. The pulse of Brotherhood Crusade remains on the needs of the community and the significance of your work through our community partnerships is evidenced by a plethora of highly-effective programs and services that are beneficial to those needs. We are proud to provide high-quality, life-changing youth development; technological education; financial literacy; educational enrichment; socio-behavioral life skills and social development; mentoring; vocational training; violence and gang prevention; mental health; and health education programs and services. These opportunities are well-coordinated, comprehensive in nature, and free to our constituencies. They represent the best promising practices for such services as measured and demonstrated through extensive evaluation and monitoring.
oreover, our viability is substantiated by the partners that we have attracted. The individuals with whom we share and collaborate with and who have championed our causes and give of their time, resources and energy to assist those that we serve. Indeed, it is this network of support that has effectuated a median 175% improvement in academic performance among severely under-performing youth, identified and brought healthcare assistance to hundreds of individuals who were previously unaware of their illness, and caused thousands of families to significantly improve their quality of life. We are truly humbled by these alliances and proud of the countless achievements made possible as a result. Accordingly, we will continue to be diligent in further developing meaningful programs and services that align with our mission and meet the ever-changing needs of those whose lives we impact.