Our Mission

Our Communities Our Children develops and supports programs that teach children, teenagers, their families and community institutions to identify, explore and develop the characters, talents and skills of children and teenagers. Our Communities Our Children’s goal is to encourage the growth of children and teenagers into constructive and productive human beings, a skilled labor force and an entrepreneurial class that will one day spur social and economic growth.

 

History

Our Communities Our Children is the brand name for White Wing Educational Community Development, Inc., which was created in Brooklyn, New York, in 1991.

Since its inception, O.C.O.C. has focused on developing programs that teach children, teenagers, their families and community institutions to identify, explore and develop the characters, talents and skills of children and teenagers.
Those programs include White Wing Educational Day Care, the G.P.P.U. Social Emotional Learning System for children and teens, the Multiple Alternatives Pathways to Success Career and College Readiness Program for children and teens, and Positive Striving Talent Search for children and teens.

 

Our Founder


Michael West

Founder, Michael West

 

A lifelong educator, Michael West has worked with children and teens in the urban communities of Brooklyn, New York, for 26 years. His work with children and teens established his belief that socialization is just as important as education.  As a result, he created the G.P.P.U. social-emotional learning system. Mr. West also believes that traditional education fails to meet the educational needs of a large segment of children and teens, and that traditional education must be supplemented to nurture children non-traditional talents and skills. To address that need, Mr. West development Multiple Alternative Pathways to Success college and career readiness program and Positive Striving Talent Search. Mr. West received an Associate Degree from the College of Staten Island in 1979 and a B.A. in journalism from New York University in 1981. He received a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1995.

 

Our Board


Board Member, Isham A. Latimer

 

Isham A. Latimer is the President of Golden Glow Investigative & Protective Services, LLC, and has brought the company through all of the legal requirements and processes. Operational status as a company began on April 20th, 2001.

Mr. Latimer is a retired member of the law enforcement community after 23 years of service with the New York State Division of Parole. He has received numerous commendations for high professional standards of conduct, sound tactical judgment, and restraint under critical circumstances.

Due in part to being an academic counselor at John J. College of Criminal Justice from November, 1979 through September, 1992, Isham brings an extensive background in counseling and crisis intervention to the company. In addition, Isham holds a Masters Degree in Social Work acquired from the Graduate School of Social Work at Stony Brook University in 1979.

Our Mission

Our Communities Our Children develops and supports programs that teach children, teenagers, their families and community institutions to identify, explore and develop the characters, talents and skills of children and teenagers.