We had the good fortune of connecting with Willie Elaine Hubbard Brooks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Willie Elaine, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was the opportunity to give back to the Acres Home Community, and underserved, underrepresented, underprivileged, disadvantaged neighborhood where I was born and raised, by bridging the Illiteracy gap among the Youth, Families and the Community as a whole.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our Educational Center offer Tutorials to PreK through High Schoolers and Adults in the major core subjects: Math, Reading Comprehension, Science and Writing, along with our “STEM 44” Summer Youth Program. We also offer e-learning classes in CNC Programming, whereby we partner with Mitsubishi Electric Automation to help unemployed, ex-offenders, juveniles, etc., to obtain a Certification In Computer Numerical Control and sustain a career path and obtain a job in the Manufacturing Field and anything dealing with ROBOTICS. We have worked with various other organizations such as Boys & Girls Club Salvation Army, numerous juvenile detention centers and currently have contracted with a local daycare facility to teach Science to their students ranging from Toddlers to Elementary students. There are lessons learned everyday in the Educational field and everyday brings about something new and we are always looking to employ Interns from the area to help them along their way while obtaining their career. I would love people to know that we are always in need of financial assistance to help our Community and we currently hold Events for small business, during COVID-19 to help them during these turbulent times. What sets us apart is that we have opened up our facility to assist students with Virtual learning and at the same time, we are offering tutorials at the same time and a lot of schools have not even offered these type of services.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I were to show a friend, relative or significant other a best time, I would treat them to the restaurant “Eddie V’s”. The atmosphere is very nice, usually before COVID-19, a fantastic Live JAZZ Band and it also gives you and your guest to network and have fun at the same time. There have been limitations to our outings, but our Educational Center, as stated before are helping small business sell their products and services at the monthly POPUP Shops at our location.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate and recognize my mother, Mrs. Dorothy M. Harper Hubbard who is my inspiration, mentor, and person who was a Community Activist in the Acres Home Community and who groomed me to be the person I am today. I would also like to thank my two beautiful, successful children, Sheree N. Brooks Ewings and Benjamin N. Brooks, who stood by me while I went through the process of organizing BenCheri Educational Center and are Board Members, Executive Director, Vice President and Treasurer of our organization.

Website: www.bencheri-educationalcenter.org

Facebook: BenCheri Educational Center

Youtube: Willie Elaine Hubbard Brooks

Other: facebook group – “TUTORIALS ONE-ON-ONE”

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