WHO WE ARE
“Community development activities build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets, and priority investments. Community development activities may support infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance and many other identified needs. Federal support for community development encourages systematic and sustained action
by State, and local governments.”
-US Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Bishop & Chase Foundation exists to bring community and economic development to the most under-resourced neighborhoods within our community.
“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
– Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, there is a renewed vision for preventative and intervention efforts to disrupt the school to prison pipeline for the youth of our 120 counties. Operating in Fayette County, The Bishop & Chase Foundation desires to see a new, viable landscape in downtown Lexington. As the Fayette County Public Schools attest, “It’s about Kids.” Many of the ills facing the people in our community can be stopped by breaking the cycle with youth. Taking our cues from other youth initiatives throughout the United States, the goal behind The Bishop & Chase Downtown Youth Development Initiative (DYDI) is to bridge the gap in areas such as homelessness, education and hunger, as well as create positive social behaviors in Lexington’s youth (K-12) and greatly diminish/ eliminate substance abuse and criminal activity among juveniles ages 10-17, with a focus on youth of color. The DYDI will equip the youth of downtown Lexington with the necessary skills to succeed in the areas of the arts, business, government and education
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Since 1992, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure confinement and generally strengthen their juvenile justice systems through a series of interrelated reform strategies. JDAI is now being replicated in almost 200 jurisdictions in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
The Bishop and Chase Foundation (BCF) in partnership with Broadway Christian Church, launched its first youth engagement program in collaboration with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Lexington, Kentucky. The BCF operates Fayette County’s first Evening Reporting Center as an alternative to detention for youth ages 10-17.