The BFDI Training Institute's mission is, "To cultivate and strengthen communities through transformational principles that build equitable, just relationships that lead to civil societies." Our work is dedicated to trainings that engage, impact and transform the way we think; the way we feel and the way we communicate.
Our trainings are for everyone. Many of our trainings are filled with practitioners from the educational and justice systems. However, we also offer trainings for individual groups, parents, youth and any organization that serves people. We are also making a difference in communities by bridging the gap between those in positions of authority and those who reside within the neighborhoods.
Our trainings have resulted in culture and climate shifts in schools, reduction of violence, improved academics and attendance, healing between police officers and gang members, improved marriages, improved relationships between parents and their children and just better relationships with each other... that is a civil society.
Our goal through our trainings is to make connections and to showcase an explicit plan for restorative change that is sure to resonate with and impact generations to come.
BFDI Training Institute is a L3C and subsidiary of Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI). Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) is a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency that was created in 1978 by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). BFDI's vision is, “To be the self-sufficient premier provider of comprehensive family counseling services to children, youth, and families - the pacesetter for quality, innovative services and training with national recognition.” The BFDI Training Institute was born to fulfill the vision to be a premiere training institute with national recognition. As such, BFDI Training Institute is the only affiliate partner with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) in the United States.
As a premiere provider of Basic Restorative Practices, the BFDI Training Institute has eleven licensed trainers.
STATEMENT OF EQUITY
BFDI believes in the value and morality of inclusion and believes that as human beings our fates are inextricable: “ I am because We are”. As an active participant and supporter of the work of Policy Link, BFDI has adopted the definition of Equity as defined by Policy Link. “ Equity is just and fair inclusion into a society in which all participate, prosper and reach their full potential. Unlocking the promise of the nation by unleashing the promise in us all “.
9 CORE COMMITMENTS
Keisha N. Allen is the Executive Director of BFDI Training Institute and a Master Licensed Professional Development Trainer. She has been integral in training thousands of organizational leaders, educators, justice practitioners, parents and youth in the emerging social science of restorative practices and restorative justice. Her focus has been to positively impact and transform environments that create significant paradigm shifts in how we engage and interact with each other. Most of her trainings are about educating adults on how to shift from punitive learning environments to restorative learning environments that propel youth in school to career pathways. Keisha received her Master’s degree in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices.
As a sought after trainer, Keisha has been able to facilitate ongoing partnerships with organizations such as My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), Wayne RESA, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Plymouth/Canton School District, Henrico County Virginia School District, and more. Additionally, she has trained individuals from organizations such as the Detroit Crime Commission, the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, StarrVista, and a host of others. She was a leader in ensuring 125 of Detroit’s youth were educated in restorative practices in order to make an impact in their homes, schools, communities and health and wellness.
Keisha is also a sought after national speaker for churches and national conferences. She is an ordained minister and Ministry of Helps Consultant. She believes that with God all things are possible to them that believe.
Keisha is the wife of 20 years to Paul ‘pda’ Allen and mother to the beautiful, four year old, Kendall Jordan Allen.
Alice G. Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Black Family Development, Inc. which is based in Detroit, MI. Alice has been affiliated with Black Family Development since the 1980’s, first serving as a member of the Board of Directors, and later in 1994 as its CEO. In addition, she has been laser focused on “BEING A PART OF THE SOLUTION AND NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM”. She admits that her activism in the 60’s and 70’s helped to shape a solid foundation and philosophy about her role in making a difference in not only the lives of others, but the communities in which they live. As a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers since the 1970’s, and a member of the NAACP, Thompson’s work can be framed along the path of racial equity, and economic, political, and social justice.
The mission of Black Family Development is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth and families through partnerships that support safe, nurturing, vibrant homes, schools and communities with the strategic commitments: improving the well-being of children; improving academic results; improving neighborhood safety; expanding positive youth development; improving
support to families; and building community capacity and improving the life outcomes of boys and young men of color.
Alice was educated at Wayne State University (WSU) where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration. Alice is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class of XXV. In 2013, she completed the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management. For 10 years, she was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. She presently serves as Chair of the WSU School of Social Work Board of Visitors. Alice serves on many Boards, with a focus on education, workforce development, racial equity, and other quality of life issues, including the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
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