Property of BCFI Building Child and Family Initiatives

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PHONE: (517) 290-3004

P.O. Box 4304, East Lansing, MI, 48823

Building Child and Family Initiatives (BCFI) is the new incarnation of the Black Child and Family Institute founded in 1986 under the direction of Barbara Roberts Mason, then president of the Michigan State Board of Education. The Institute initially focused on addressing the crisis faced by African American children and families who were at higher risk for growing up poor, dropping out of school and becoming incarcerated. BCFI-Building Child and Family Initiative work focuses on:

  1. FamilyEducationHealthEmployment Recreation

Now, more than 25 years later, BCFI-Building Child and Family Initiatives is reinventing itself in the Greater Lansing area as an organization that is recognized for serving ALL children and families, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status.


“The lessons I’ve learned here, I’m going to have with me forever ... Thank you very much BCFI!”
- Emily Keefer, servant leader intern, BCFI CDF Freedom School

Magic Johnson Foundation and BCFI announce the Kevin Bibbs Lamplighter Scholarship

Kevin Bibbs was described as a Lamplighter, going from community to community lighting paths of hope by providing empowerment grants. 
The purpose of the Kevin Bibbs Lamplighter Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving Lansing area high school graduating seniors that will allow them to also light paths of hope in communities through community service or business practices.
Eligible applicants must be a senior in high school and meet the following minimum criteria for consideration:
¥	Completion of the Application provided 
¥	Confirm acceptance to an accredited community college or four (4) year college and attend that institution    
¥	Submit a copy of an official transcript - GPA of at least 2.5 
¥	Submit two letters of reference 
¥	Biographical summary 
¥	Respond to essay question-no more than 300 words
$1,000 to $2,000
Deadline:   Packets must be postmarked no later than  
Contact Martha Bibbs for application

16 ($1000) scholarships were warded in 2014. Recipients represented nearly all High Schools in the greater Lansing area.