Advocating for Change and Unity, Promoting Peace and Strength
Our purpose is to help young adults in urban communities of Boston become better and reach better opportunities while honoring Burrell "BoJack" Ramsey-White. Based on principles of support, individuality, love, and knowledge (SILK Principles), we have developed an Essential Life Quadrant. This quadrant focuses on four equally important aspects of life: Self Expression, Financial Education, Business Preparation & Guidance, and Community Enhancement. Our objectives are to foster individuality and creativity, enhance our environment, and educate our young adults on various topics. BO aims to strengthen the foundation of urban neighborhoods by focusing on social responsibility, and individual life improvement.
BO advocates for change in our mindset; we will challenge our current ways of thinking and encourage “at risk” young adults to take positive risks in order to produce more model citizens within inner-city areas. Provide education and experience necessary to not only obtain employment, but also share with fellow community members, is one way BO plans to help our people expand their horizons.
BO also advocates for unity in urban communities by hosting a variety of public discussions and events.
Community participation is necessary in order to portray the leaders we want our peers, and children to personify. We believe providing information and neighborhood involvement are the first steps to a better tomorrow.
Along with opening our minds and uniting our communities, BO plans to educate our neighbors on the effects of violence in order to implement non-violent practices. By promoting peace, we look forward to providing peace of mind and hope for brighter future.
An organization also based on the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”; BO focuses on strengthening urban communities in order to produce better citizens for the future. Through peaceful change and unity, we become a strong team; together everyone achieves more.
OUR CREED FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES
On a day to day basis, we all have the same amount of time
It is what you do with that time that matters most
You reap what you sow
I have made the choice today and everyday coming
To sow virtuous seeds and be fruitful
I will work hard to ensure my dreams become my reality
I will be the role model we all want embodied by our future
For we are all responsible for the next generations qualities and standards
So I will lead by example
I will be a vital part of the village
And contribute to the advancement of our communities
Love and Knowledge, both powerful and contagious
I will continuously seek and sow them both
So that my neighbors may sow virtuous seeds and be fruitful
I will strive to obtain better opportunities
And to everyone around me and after me
I will provide better opportunities
Live4BO! Live 4 Better Opportunities!
“Live4BO” was the first catchphrase developed from the incident as a way to encourage the community to come together and fight against such injustice. Currently the slogan for Better Opportunities Inc, Live4BO has a greater meaning derived from the kind of person Burrell was and the concept of “if you change yourself, you change the world”.