Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ Center) received $4,500 in grant funds from Weyerhaeuser. The grant to the BDJ Center will be used towards the Legacy Youth Workforce Development program. The purpose of Legacy Youth workforce Development program is to transform the lives of young people ages 16-24 who are out of work and out of school by helping them to overcome social barriers and gain important life and job skills through food service training, job placement and support services. The 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.
Founder and Board Chair Claire Prymus said, “Thank you for providing funds that we need to make a difference in our 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.