Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Receives Grant Funds

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The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center received $9,648 in grant funds from the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation, Inc. The grant to Ben D. Johnson Educational Center will be used to offer a work readiness training program for young people ages 16-24 who are out of work and out of school. The Legacy Youth Workforce Development program will begin in March of 2019 and will offer job placement and support services as a component of the greater BDJ Center.

The Ben Johnson Educational Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Natchitoches, Louisiana and founded in honor of the late Ben D. Johnson whose holdings represented one of the largest minority-owned enterprises in the state. More importantly though was Mr. Johnson’s legacy of a lifelong commitment to community. The Ben Johnson Educational Center will utilize a social enterprise structure to serve the community with a Youth Workforce Development Program, Legacy Café, Teaching Farm & Green Market and a Shared Community Kitchen/Business Incubator.

Claire Prymus, founder and Board Chair, “the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center would like to extend our gratitude for this financial support that will help us transform lives and build community.”

The mission of Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is to build community in Natchitoches and give access to social and economic success for all of its residents.

Founded by Claire Prymus in honor of her late uncle, the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a commitment to building community and providing access and opportunities for residents in Natchitoches, Louisiana.