Lights & Sirens International's sister nonprofit organization FUNLUSI visited the town of Sabana Grande de Boya in the Dominican Republic for the celebration of The Three Kings Day.
Three Kings Day is a day to commemorate the day when the three wise men visited baby Jesus. It is a day that children in the Dominican Republic dream about for the entire year. The Three Kings, also known as Los Reyes Magos, give gifts to the poorest children in the country.
FUNLUSI is honored to give back to the community of Sabana Grande de Boya in the Dominican Republic on Three Kings Day. Our team distributed toys and games to children in need, spreading joy and warmth on this special day. We believe in the power of generosity and are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact. Together, we can create brighter futures for the children of the Dominican Republic.
Ibn-Hashim Bakari, our Founder and president, had the privilege of participating as a Fellow in the Black Leadership Institute (BLI) over the past year. The BLI is a program created by the Institute for Nonprofit Practice that aims to connect and empower senior-level Black leaders who are making a difference in various sectors and driving social impact nationwide.
Being a part of the BLI has profoundly impacted Ibn-Hashim's leadership journey. One of the most significant outcomes of this experience has been the power of community. The communal learning environment provided by the BLI fostered a strong sense of unity, shared purpose, and collective growth. This, in turn, has greatly influenced his leadership style and positively affected Lights & Sirens International.
We invite you to join us in celebrating Ibn-Hashim's participation in the BLI and recognizing this remarkable accomplishment!
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On May 20th, 2023, Lights & Sirens International will be hosting its 3rd Annual Badges & Beanbags Community Outreach Program.
Come be a part of changing the narrative and perspective of law enforcement and minority community relations. Please contact us for registration information.
Lights & Sirens International performed two presentations and training this week for forty Smithfield Police Department personnel.
We provided the attendees' introductions to our nonprofit organization through board members Chris Mancini and Ibn-Hashim Bakari.
We discussed the importance of bridging the gap between law enforcement and minority community, ego, accountability, Implicit bias, profiling, and upcoming community outreach programs.
Smithfield Police Department has progressively provided its personnel with cultural training and diversity, equity, and inclusion for nearly 25 years.
They are the only agency in Rhode Island that requires incoming personnel to have a bachelor's degree.
Our nonprofit organization is grateful for this opportunity as we continue addressing the challenges in changing the narrative and perspective of law enforcement and community relations.
Cranston Police Department and Non-Profit Lights and Sirens International Form Partnership to Strengthen Police- Community Relations
Lights and Sirens has completed its 3rd Annual Bocce Community Outreach Program in Providence, RI. Over the course of 5 sessions we were able to bring members of our community together and hold meaningful conversations while enjoying games of Bocce Ball. A few of the topics of discussion were Conflict Resolution, Ego, Implicit Bias, and Public Safety.
We would like to give special thanks to everyone who made our 3rd annual program such a success - The students of The West End Recreation Center, Cranston High School East, The Met, and Paul Cuffee. The Providence Fire and Police Departments, The RI State Police, East Providence PD, and Smithfield PD. We would also like to thank our supporters, Dunkin Donuts, Andino's, Venda Ravioli, Caserta Pizzeria, McLaughlin & Moran, Inc, VIP Valet Services, John Lombardi, and the Federal Hill Business Association for their commitment to changing the narrative and perspective of law enforcement and community relations.
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Lights & Sirens International celebrated its 2nd Annual Badges & Beanbags Community Outreach Program on May 21, 2022. We are thankful for the participation from the Boy's & Girls Club, Paul Coffee, Cranston East, Mount Pleasant, Nathaniel Green, PVD PD Explores, RI State Police, Smithfield, Warwick, Providence, and East Providence Police Departments.
The discussion topics included the definition of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Responsibility, and Accountability for law enforcement and the general public to understand.
Thank you to Lt. Redding of the Providence Police for building our cornhole board sets and McLaughlin & Moran Inc. for wrapping them with our logo. We can not forget Apsara for providing Southeast Asian cuisine that both sessions had the opportunity to enjoy.
To the parents, teachers, administrators, and coaches - thank you for allowing our organization to help change the narrative and perspective of our community's future generations.
Trust & Respect is not only given, but earned, and we can do this together by becoming more socially responsible and accountable for our decisions and actions.
Our nonprofit organization has completed its annual vacation with a purpose basketball and humanitarian trip in the Dominican Republic.
With the help of several public safety agencies from the united states, we were able to help over 7,000 children and families to date with toys, games, sports equipment, clothes, school supplies, and medical equipment.
Giving thanks to ALL that supports our mission to educate, support, and develop youth by integrating sports and cultural exposure through civic education and guidance with a focus on developing community cohesion in Rhode Island and the Dominican Republic.
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Lights and Sirens International is excited to announce that our founder, Ibn-Hashim Bakari, has been selected as a recipient of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice's Changemaker Award.
"The Changemaker Award shines a light on individuals, many of whom have been on the frontlines supporting others, demonstrating remarkable service, courage, and generosity in the face of unprecedented adversity." - INP
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