Charles McGee is CEO and President of the Black Parent Initiative (BPI). He and Johnell Bell established BPI in 2006 to assist families in achieving financial, educational, and spiritual success. This vision is actualized by inspiring, engaging, and mobilizing parents, caregivers, foster and adoptive parents to improve the educational outcomes of Black children. BPI is currently the only culturally specific organization in Portland focused solely on supporting low to moderate income parents in North/Northeast Portland as a vehicle for enhancing the lives of Black youth.
BPI programs are based on a large body of research demonstrating that children are more likely to succeed when supported by stable, balanced, and informed adults. Historical, socioeconomic, and racial factors keep a disproportionately large percentage of local Black youth from being raised in this type of environment. This program addresses these complex factors by working to reduce the disparities which impact Multnomah County’s Black community. BPI provides parent education on topics such as adult literacy; effective parenting and financial literacy; prevention and early intervention services; family stabilization services; in-school advocacy; and early childhood development advocacy.