Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF)

The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation and success of the region, since 2004. BBCF serves twelve Alabama counties including Bullock,Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox. BBCF's vision is of a transformed Black Belt where all people live and work in healthy, prosperous, inclusive, educated, creative, and giving communities.

BBCF provides four trained adult mentors for students in both Bullock and Macon counties to provide consistent communications, speaking sessions, and support. Two adult mentors in Bullock County and two adult mentors in Macon County visit the career tech centers in each school district monthly to provide mentoring and speaking sessions to students throughout the school year.


Students are given formal public speaking and presentation skills training allowing them to address any population with ease. The Elocution Academy uses an asset model approach to original composition, speech difficulties, organization and presentation of content, and positive, pro-social comportment. Students are required to display their newly learned writing and speaking skill at a forum open to the public. Elocution is presented in a multi-disciplinary format and intertwined into the curriculum of various academies offered through CEOE. This academy was designed and is delivered by renown speaker, author and performer A. Faye Calhoun.

National Social Work Enrichment Program Scholars (NSEP)

For the past four years with exception to last year, Venus Hewing from CEOE has collaborated with the Office of Admissions to host National Social Work Enrichment Program Scholars (NSEP) consisting of rising juniors, seniors and high school graduates transitioning from Foster Care. The founder and Director of NSEP, Dr. Sebreena Jackson, operates the program for a period of six weeks each summer at the University of Alabama. The purpose of the program is to expose the students to the field of Social Work and other disciplines, encourage them to enroll in college and to develop life, employment and leadership skills.

Last Updated: May 25, 2023