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Reco Bembry

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President and CEO of Bembry Consulting Services, LLC²

Reco Bembry has had many accomplishments throughout his career. He is a graduate of the Community Fellows Program from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds a BFA in music performance and composition from the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts¹. 

 He has served as Keynote Speaker at several National, Regional, and State Conferences and represented Teen Programming issues at many colloquiums in the U.S. and Canada¹. He has also served as Senior Consultant for the National Recreation and Parks Association². Be 

Reco Bembry  has worked with diverse high-capacity organizations to build effective management strategies and has coached staff to increase effective best practices and leadership skills². Reco Bembry has also served as a Keynote Speaker at several National, Regional, and State Conferences and represented Teen Programming issues at many colloquiums in the U.S. and Canada³.

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Reco Bembry’s work has spanned decades of service delivery, institution building, and organizing. He is a respected and influential figure in the field of youth development and has inspired many young people to achieve their full potentialHe is a respected leader and organizer who has made a lasting impact on the lives of countless young people. 
 

Youth Development

Reco Bembry is a veteran youth program development practitioner  Who has dedicated over four decades of his life to empowering young people. He is the founder of the Seattle Teen Programming Unit, which offers a variety of programs for teens such as Late-Night Recreation, Teen Summer Musical Program, and National Youth Congress Program. These programs aim to provide positive outlets for teens to express themselves, learn new skills, and connect with their peers and mentors. 

Reco Bembry has also worked as a senior consultant to create career pathways for underserved Black communities. He was involved in expanding the Totally Cool Totally Art program, which teaches teens about art and culture. He also worked on addressing teen dating violence, creating healing centers, and developing hub strategies in Providence RI., Seattle Washington Community Passageways, and Evanston Illinois.  

Reco Bembry has published several journal writings and articles on topics such as principles to practice in the 21st century, workforce development leavers and stayers, and youth development strategies. He is a respected leader and organizer who has made a lasting impact on the lives of countless young people.

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Reco Bembry is a veteran in the field of youth development, with over 40 years of experience and impact. He is the founder of the Seattle Teen Programming Unit, which provides a variety of programs and services for young people in the city. One of his most notable initiatives is the Late-Night Recreation program, which offers safe and positive activities for teens during the evening hours. He is also the co-founder of the Teen Summer Musical Program, which showcases the talents and creativity of youth through theater and music. In addition, he created the National Youth Congress Program, which is a nationally acclaimed model of youth leadership and civic engagement. 

Reco Bembry has also worked as a senior consultant at NRPA, where he helped create career pathways for underserved Black communities. He was involved in expanding the Totally Cool Totally Art program, which teaches teens about art and culture. He also worked on addressing teen dating violence, creating healing centers, and developing hub strategies in Providence RI., Seattle Washington Community Passageways, and Evanston Illinois. Reco Bembry has published several journal writings and articles on topics such as principles to practice in the 21st century, workforce development leavers and stayers, and youth development strategies. He is a respected leader and organizer who has made a lasting impact on the lives of countless young people.

Outdoor Recreation

Reco Bembry – Shrinking the Nature Gap

Outdoor Recreation Reco Bembry – Shrinking the Nature Gap Report to Washington State Parks Commision shows barriers for Black people outdoors –Click Here  

BOE-TIE, Black Outdoor Experiences-Training, Inclusion & Education 

According to a recent survey by the Black Washingtonians Workgroup on Outdoor Recreation, fewer than 1.5% of State Parks visitors are Black.  

Some barriers to participation in outdoor recreation for Black Washingtonians include safety concerns, a lack of access to transportation, and access to outdoor equipment, which can be expensive.  Reco Bembry is the facilitator of the Black Washingtonians Workgroup on Outdoor Recreation and has been involved in presenting potential solutions to lower these barriers to participate in outdoor recreation. This work led to the development of  

BOE-TIE Black Outdoor Experiences – Training, Inclusion & Education  

Pro Equity Anti-Racism (PEAR) effort is a statewide initiative in Washington state to manifest a pro-equity anti-racism ecosystem. On March 22, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 22-04, Implementing the Washington State Pro-Equity Anti-Racism (PEAR) Plan & Playbook. The Executive Order directs all Cabinet agencies to develop a PEAR Strategic Action Plan, implement it, and report their progress on implementation 

In part as a result of the report Barriers to participation by Black Washingtonians – Proviso led by Bembry Consulting Services and G3 consulting team The Governor’s office established 

AR) Plan & Playbook is to establish a unified vision of equity for state government and to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities so everyone in Washington can flourish and achieve their full potential. The PEAR Plan & Playbook contains a step-by-step playbook for developing, implementing, and embedding PEAR into every government action across state government.

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Community Organizer

Reco Bembry is a community organizer who has dedicated his life to creating positive change in his neighborhood and beyond. He is an MIT Community Fellow, a prestigious program that supports grassroots leaders who are working to address social issues and improve the quality of life for marginalized communities. Reco is also the founder of several local and national initiatives, such as the Youth Empowerment Project, the Black Lives Matter Network, and the Coalition for Racial Justice. He is passionate about empowering young people, fighting for racial equity, and building bridges across diverse groups. Reco Bembry is the leader of the Big Tent Coalition, a political movement that aims to unite people from different backgrounds and ideologies under a common vision for the future. The Big Tent Coalition believes that the only way to overcome the challenges of the 21st century is to work together across party lines and find solutions that benefit everyone. Reco Bembry has been a vocal advocate for social justice, environmental protection, and economic opportunity for all.

I often think about how racism impacted my life, there are times when internal anger surfaces as I walk through life with a bit of an edge based on the decades of suffering that’s preceded by birth. I want to honor our ancestors, organizers, allyship, and change-makers of the past to inspire my light and movement as we continue the struggle for diversity, equity, and inclusion now and into the future.

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