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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the B.E.S.T. organization is to empower at- risk youth in the Oak Park area with community pride and life skills which will enable them to become confident and self-sufficient adults.

Target demographics: Youth from the Oak Park area, ages 12 to 18, regardless of religion, gender or race.

Geographic areas served: Oak Park community(zip code 95817 and 95820)

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

BEST

Board Member

Rating: 5

The BEST youth are working like bees this summmer! They have painted fences, decks and dug trenches!
This is the BEST program hands down.
MS Jo Watts

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

This a great organization in that it provides summer jobs for youth who are faced with drugs and gangs daily. By having a little money in their pockets they can resist the negative element of the neighborhood.
BEST also connects in a positive way, neighbors with teens and they gain mutual respect for each other!
BEST is the best for youth and the community!

Lisa242

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having purchased a home in Oak Park, I had no money to spare on hiring anyone to help me. Then B.E.S.T. appeared! I found a little flyer left in my fencing and contacted them right away. For three days I had the most well mannered youth show up on time and ready to help me beautify my home. They painted the trim on my porch, as well as the porch floor making it so nice to come home to! They also did some landscaping which would have taken me weeks to do on my own. Building Empowerment Skills Today is what they do every summer for the youth in the Oak Park community and it benefits everyone. I encourage those who are able to support this non-profit in any way they are able.
Lisa Linares
Oak Park resident

Board Member

Rating: 5

B.E.S.T is truly the best non profit organization for me as a volunteer, and board member. I desired an opportunity to serve youth and community with skills and experience I have attained over the years as a corporate employee, business owner, and educator. As a facilitator for B.E.S.T skills workshops, I am privileged to design, coordinate, and facilitate workshops determined by the youth themselves. It is amazing to hear the youth articulate what they want to know more about, such as avoiding gang and drug violence, dealing with peer pressure and bullying in school. It is also a tremendous reward to know youth return year after year to participate in the Summer Youth Program, wherein they experience new skill workshops and touch the lives of their neighbors by helping to beautify their homes and yards. If I could only volunteer for one non profit , B.E.S.T would be the one. Jo Watts (Mama Jo) has laid the foundation for neighborhood youth to excel in school, overcome obstacles, and develop positive relationships with their peers, and older neighbors. I believe Mama Jo has a perfect recipe for building community, and I am happy to be a part of her dream.

Camille3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with BEST and see the great work they do for Sacramento youth. This is a great organization to build job and life skills for Sacramento youth. The youth in this program benefit from enjoyable activities and work experience with other youth in the area. Josephine Watts is a very dedicated and compassionate community developer who has had a career working with kids. She runs an awesome program to help Sacramento youth and I recommend to youth in these neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in BEST.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has had the opprtunity to work with the Best Program for 4 years this is a great organization for our youth and community, this program hae been a great learning experience it has taught him team work, respnsiblity, and great skills the he will benefit in the future to come

Shonna M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son participated in the BEST program for 3 years and this program provided him with an opportunity to learn and gain skills needed to assist him later in his future. His skills gained from the BEST program also led to another great opportunity for him with a local contractor that works closely with the BEST program. He has worked on call with this contractor for the past two years. This a great organization in the Sacramento community and deserves the funds needed to assist them with sustainability. I agree that the BEST program is one of the best programs for youth in the Sacramento community.