From Our President...

It is quite the honor to serve as the President of Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)-Atlanta! On behalf of our national office (NBCDI), Board of Directors, members, partners, and volunteers, I bring you greetings from Georgia’s Capitol!

 

I accepted the charge to lead this organization, because I want to pay it forward. When I was growing up in Southwest Georgia, there were so many servants and leaders in my community whose relationships and genuine care for my well-being made it possible for me to become the woman, mother, and educator I am today. I strive to replicate constructive learning experiences with others who cross my path, in hopes to inspire the next generation to be leaders and assets to society.

Even after serving as Vice President of BCDI-Atlanta for nearly four years, I am continually impressed by the work our Affiliate does in Georgia’s communities. I love it that we are not pointing fingers; we’re taking ownership of challenges and concerns in the Black community and facilitating solutions! Ultimately, ALL children and families benefit from the work we do.

In each of our focus areas—literacy, child health, child welfare, policy, family engagement, and early childhood education, we are supporting communities through research, programs, and resources, so we can truthfully say Being Black is NOT a Risk Factor and “all the children are well”. I plan to leave this world empty, working and serving to build up our communities by inspiring youth, empowering families, and educating future leaders. Along the way, I hope to meet others who will commit to passing on this perpetual gift of service; because service is the gift that keeps on giving!

 

I personally invite you to become a member and attend one of our upcoming events. Change starts with…[look in the mirror]!😊

 

See you soon!

Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis

Board of Directors

Timothy Houston, Chairman

United Health Care

Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, President

Carol Daniel, Secretary

Quality Care for Children

Tatjyana Elmore, Treasurer

YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta

Keedar Whittle, Parliamentarian

Educators Now

Debbie Hillman, Historian

Developing Human Resources Consultants

Kenneth Braswell

Fathers Incorporated 

Brittany Collins

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Dr. Keyla Johnson

Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy

Britne Mcduffie

Georgia Southern University Child Development Center