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it all began with one conversation 

Established in 2005, DBEN was created in response to disparities of educational outcomes and well-being of Black students within the Durham Durham District School Board by a group of Black educators. 

 

As a grassroots, proactive community organization that seeks to optimize the educational experiences of students, families and educators from the Black diaspora. DBEN has developed and implemented a number of programs and initiatives over the last 15 years that speaks to the mandate of the organization.

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it all began with one conversation 

Established in 2005, DBEN was created in response to disparities of educational outcomes and well-being of Black students within the Durham Durham District School Board by a collective of Black educators. 

 

As a grassroots proactive community organization, we seek to optimize the educational experiences of students, families and educators from the Black diaspora. DBEN has developed and implemented a number of programs and initiatives over the last 15 years that speaks to the mandate of the organization.

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Our vision

​Enhancing the engagement, empowerment, and excellence of our youth, parents, staff, and community members. While supporting our well-being and pursuit of excellence, while interrupting damaging narratives about Black youth and Black culture.

Our mission

Develop and implement programs to support students, parents and DDSB staff of the Black diaspora.

Our values

Created by Us for Us. Building a village that encourages engagement + empowerment

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our impact

( just the tip of the iceberg )

our impact

Developed DDSB's first Black Studies course.
First piloted at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax in 2008
#tbt to this year's And Still We Rise (A
~ 300
And Still We Rise Alumni Leaders
Developed DDSB's first Black Studies course.
First piloted at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax in 2008
Developed DDSB's first Black Studies course.
First piloted at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax in 2008
#TBT to _blackqueensofdurham 1st Anniver
~ 10 K 
youth impacted through our programming
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20 + 
collaborative partnerships with organizations within Durham Region, Toronto + GTA to support community care
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 9
years of Activating Student Success Awards with 7 scholarships  to support the dreams + goals of our youth

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