B.A.S.S. operates an 8,000 sq. ft. business incubator. The business incubator provides first floor space and support for hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, and fashion boutique entrepreneurs, and a recording studio. The incubator provides second floor multi-purpose space for community uses, headquarters for B.A.S.S., and other non-profit and for-profit businesses.
B.A.S.S. receives referrals and provides housing and support to individuals and families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.
B.A.S.S. supports the implementation and capacity-building of My Brother's Keeper and My Sister's Keeper, its two core pathways for youth development.
B.A.S.S. facilitates the launch, training, and leadership of other non-profits and participates in civic engagement and community service initiatives which promote community development including Safeguard Democracy, Building Trades Career Awareness, the Highland Park United Neighborhood Association, and the Highland Park Senior Advisory Council.
Safeguard Democracy Mini Grant application period closed. Award Recipients: Connections 2 Life, Lots of Knowledge, McDonald Phelps Foundation, My Sister's Keeper, WHPR-Voting Matters.
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is a civic engagement project sponsored by Ddawn (Detroit Democracy Action Working Network). The project goal is to lead a grassroots civic literacy campaign calling on Highland Park residents to become more engaged in the democratic process. The project provides training and mini-grants to resident led community service and civic engagement initiatives. Contact the BASS office for more information.
BASS facilitates MSK (My Sister’s Keeper) https://www.mysisterskeeperhp.org/ and MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) https://www.facebook.com/groups/129191620446950 our youth mentoring programs that prepare youth of color to succeed in school, work and life. In addition to one on one mentoring, Life Skills are taught by volunteer mentors in small group settings in schools, at Park Place, on field trips, and during basketball practice sessions for the HP Junior Parkers.
Charlene Turner Johnson serves as B.A.S.S., Inc.’s volunteer President & CEO. She has over 40 years of accomplishments leading neighborhood and faith-based community development organizations, Michigan Neighborhood Partnership, a Detroit city-wide intermediary, and the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Metro Detroit office. She is an educator (M.Ed.) and an ordained minister (M.A.) by professional training. She has lived in Highland Park since 1954 and worked in the nonprofit and small business sectors of Highland Park since 2005.
DeAndre Windom is the founding board chair of BASS Inc. He is a life-long Highland Parker, visionary, community activist, entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist. He is a former Highland Park mayor, city councilman, and owner of HP Game, a clothing store that sells items that promote pride in Highland Park. He founded BASS initially to help young people escape drug abuse by creating rap music with positive messages. His vision has guided BASS through the years to its current holistic community economic development focus. Through his life’s work countless youth and adults have been empowered to improve the quality of their life through education, job training, employment, business ownership, community, cultural, and civic affairs. Beloved by many as "the Mayor who cares", he is a symbol of community and Parker Pride.