CAPACITY-BUILDING, RESOURCES, & OPPORTUNITIES FOR POPULATIONS (CROPs)
Established in 2016, CROPs' vision is "building the capacity of people & populations to be healthy and well," and its mission is "to cultivate, empower, and support the capacity and skills development of vulnerable populations - improving self-efficacy, wellness, and well-being." CROPs' leaders believe that building one 's self-efficacy supports improvements in wellness and well-being. CROPs also use community-based participatory research as a tool to help improve their target populations' self-efficacy, wellness, and well-being. Thus, to better service - build the capacity of vulnerable populations, CROPs acquired its 501 (c) 3 status as a public charity, 509 (a) (2).
CROPs' scope of work focuses on three target populations/vulnerable communities:
BIPOC communities I Same-gender loving, Trans and Queer (SGLTQ) people /communities I Persons with Behavioral Health issues/communities
CROPs' leaders believe that building one 's self-efficacy supports improvements in one's wellness and well-being
Police Brutality in Baton Rouge’s African-American Community Convening Report Summary - 2016, written by BACH Principals - Drs. Benjamin & Robinson, this report is a summary of CROPs' CBPR efforts that took place in 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The catalyst and actions that led to the convening were the shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers - REPORT.
CROPs Director & BACH Therapeutic Counseling Services CEO-Clinical Director, Dr. Michael L. Benjamin-Robinson, LCSW-BACS, has developed this academy to support and prepare graduate-level social workers to actualize core social work principles and values. To learn more, click here.
BACH's CROPs BPEE Series are events, activities, and mediums that focus on same-gender loving (SGL; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual), trans, and queer people's health disparities and resilience. The series' inaugural event, The BPEEtalks, took place November 25th at the New Orleans Jazz Market - event pictures.
Drs. Benjamin & Robinson have facilitated lectures on priority populations at Jackson State University, Tulane University, Dillard University, Binghamton University, Southern University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Loyola University Chicago. A past Tulane lecture - "A Symptom of Bigger Issues: Exploring Black LGBT Health Disparities", can be heard here.
CROPs' partner BACH Therapeutic Counseling Services (in conjunction with Heart 2 Heart Counseling and Consulting) offer FREE bi-monthly support group sessions for a) transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community members and b) SGL/Gay Black Men. The groups are facilitated by Alaiyia Nicole Williams, DSW candidate, LCSW, and Michael L. Benjamin-Robinson, DSW, LCSW-BACS. To learn more information, click here.