Who i am
Member of Generation-Flux Student of
I invite you to take a comprehensive look into the trajectory of my professional & design career. Detailing well over 10 years of intense focus on youth and community development, you will be walked through a timeline of passion, integrity, and the resulting impact of my work. In addition, you will be introduced to my design portfolio; tranforming clients' visions into reality.
Commonly a man of MANY hats, I've been proactive in acquiring skills that, in some cases, are above and beyond what most traditional "jobs" may require. With a commitment to provide a skill-set as diverse and dynamic as the needs of the communities around the nation, I strive to stay relevant and effective as I support the fight for better lives, families, and communities.
What I've Done
Owner & Chief Strategist
- Youth Serving Non-Profit Consulting
- Graphic & Web Design
Youth Serving Non-Profit Consultant
Having experience working in non-profits ranging from a start-up structure to a premier, industry leading national non-profit, I've acquired a unique set of skills that can prove to be beneficial to a multitude of organizations and needs. Through customized engagements, I seek to partner with organizations to accomplish organizational and program-oriented objectives including youth program planning, program design & evaluation, staff development, program management, strategic planning, youth grassroots organizing initiatives, youth & adult partnerships, & social marketing.
Graphic & Web Designer
From political campaigns to start up small businesses and re-branding projects, I've been able to respond to a demand amongst a small group of contacts through graphic design, web design, and video production services. Bringing a client's vision to reality is priority; so being able to effectively connect with their priorities and ideas up front is key. Through a combination of relationship building with clients and content, products are created with a personal touch...kind of like an extension of the clients' own creativity.
Community Programs Manager
- Staff Management
- Program Development
- Partnership Management
Provided leadership for Alternatives in Action's community school vision by supervising staff, facilitating communication, planning services, completing reports/evaluations, and maintaining program spaces. Additionally, he implemented comprehensive programming and services to meet the needs of youth and families served by the McClymonds Youth and Family Center, while also managing a portfolio of community resources and partnerships. Alternatives in Action operates both school-day and after-school programming and is responsible for the implementation and management of 21st Century after-school programming.
Alternatives in Action inspires Bay Area Youth to realize their leadership potential. Each year we prepare over 1000 youth for success in college, career, and community through our high school, school-based Community Programs and Home Sweet Home Preschool.www.AlternativesInAction.org
Manager, Youth Activism
- National Youth Development
- National Convener
- Technical Assistance & Training Provider
Bennie provided leadership for the Youth Activism department with the management and implementation of their national Youth Activism Programs. These programs focus on tobacco control initiatives through media/technology, guerrilla marketing, grassroots organizing and other tactics on a local, state, and national level. Bennie ultimately helped to guide the direction of the Youth Activism Fellowship and Youth Leadership Institute to ensure that their strategic plans were relevant and timely to today’s tobacco youth related issues. In addition, he also served as a national convener and technical assistance provider for youth-serving tobacco control professionals across the nation.
Bennie brought a wealth of knowledge in the areas of youth development, project management, strategic planning, and group facilitation. He was highly regarded within Legacy (now known as the truth Initative) as the expert as it relates to youth related organizing efforts. His undeniable passion for youth and social justice is exhibited through his many outstanding achievements.
The truth Initiative is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Located in Washington D.C., the foundation develops programs to address the health effects of tobacco use especially among vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the toll of tobacco through grants, technical assistance, partnerships, youth activism and counter-marketing campaigns.www.truthinitiative.org
Youth Engagement Network Director
- Education Reform
- Youth Development
Lead TALC New Vision’s Youth Engagement Network of more than 30 small high schools and managed its Youth Leadership Ally Program & Student Internship Program. Ensure inclusion of youth voice to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded schools through various activities including but not limited to: Annual Small High School Fair, structure of internship, marketing material, internal small school initiatives, etc.
TALC New Vision assisted leaders creating new small schools in Milwaukee from the visioning process through the school’s opening and first two years of operation. As intermediary for “A New Vision of Secondary Education in Milwaukee,” a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TALC New Vision connected schools, workplaces, and other community resources to improve pathways for youth to postsecondary learning, careers, and effective citizenship. TALC New Vision provided and brokered services to new school founders, convened key stakeholders under the grant, monitored fiscal responsibility, measured outcomes of the reform efforts, and promoted policies that sustain effective small school options.
Student Action Coordinator
- Student Empowerment & Development
- Grassroots Organizing
Recruited and managed network of a half-dozen high school councils, students ages 13-18, that identified issues in their schools and assisted in empowering grassroots organizing initiatives. Provided support for 50-100 students involved in Urban Underground in their academic success. Conducted workshops in dozens of schools, community centers, and juvenile facilities.
Urban Underground is promoting the next generation of leaders committed to building safe and sustainable communities. We advance our mission through youth-led social justice campaigns in the areas of health, education, public safety, and juvenile justice reform.www.UrbanUnderground.org
What i offer
I’m extremely passionate about bringing together state of the art technology and a dedicated, professional, and invested outlook to every individual, every community, and every company I work with. It is this experience, dedication, and well over 10 collective years of expertise and specialist knowledge in each of my respective areas that will achieve the highest possible impact for your organization or initiative.
- Youth Program Planning & Design
- Training & Technical Assistance
- Staff Development
- Strategic Planning Processes
- Youth & Adult Partnerships
- Social Marketing
I've been able to respond to a particular demand amongst a small group of contacts through graphic design and video production services. Through a combination of relationship building with clients and content, products are created with a personal touch...kind of like an extension of the clients' own creativity.
- Custom Branding
- Political Campaign Collateral
- Flyers & Promotional Material
- Video Production
- Web Design
Where I shine
Youth Development (National, Regional, Local)
Training & Technical Assistance
Clients & Colleagues
COO at Gibraltar Industries Inc/Former State Representative of Wisconsin
" Bennie Patterson is arguably one of the most dynamic, charismatic, and intelligent community leaders of his generation. The truth is that it would literally take me a day to begin to sum up his professionalism, his moral compass, and his passion and commitment for his family, friends, acquaintances and the community at large! He is detailed oriented, a awesome communicator and teacher, and a student who has mastered the full embodiment of listening!
His writing ability remains a asset to any organization he collaborates with. His attention to staying focused and on the often times right but yet brutal path is a testament to his strength and character. I would not only urge and recommend Bennie Patterson, I would be go well above and beyond my abilities to advocate for him to become a valued member of any team!!! "Via LinkedIn
Vice President, Community and Youth Engagement at truth Initiative
"Bennie is capable of working both at the big picture vision level and at the details level that goes with program planning and implementation. Bennie is what could be called a “bridge person” which means he is someone who is able to build relationships with stakeholders within a community and he can create authentic connections between representatives from different communities. As someone who has worked on community engagement and programming for nearly twenty-five years, I’ve learned that it is a rarity to find a person who can enter very different communities and work with people who have varied roles in society – and do so comfortably. Bennie is this rare person and I would without reservation, send him to any meeting or work event and know that he would be successful. "Via Personal Recommendation
MPA/MPH Student at University of Washington
"As my fellowship supervisor, Bennie shared his advocacy expertise and passion for youth activism with myself and ten other fellows. He struck a nice balance between professionalism and amiability, inspiring us to engage deeply with the curriculum of the youth activism program, while allowing us to take time to appreciate and enjoy each other's unique contributions to our work. I believe that it is rare to find someone, like Bennie, who truly lives up to the "human" aspect of "human resources," so I highly recommend him as a leader of ambitious, diverse teams. "Via LinkedIn
School Board Member for Oakland Unified School District
"Bennie has impressed me with his intentional, strategic and collaborative thinking. He has a deep knowledge of youth development and community building principles that can be strategically utilized to help us ensure alignment with District values and activities. Bennie is a great writer, graphic designer, listener, and broad thinker. I don’t know too many people that are able to connect with families, teachers, school board members, students and various other groups in the way that Bennie does. "Via Personal Recommendation
Marketing and Membership Coordinator at The Beryl Institute
"I had the privilege of working with Bennie during my Youth Activism Fellowship at American Legacy Foundation and reported directly to him throughout the 18-month program. Bennie made me feel very comfortable in my assigned tasks and projects and was easy to reach when needed. He leads with passion in anything and everything he does, which influenced others, including myself, to achieve the same drive for our work - whether in tobacco control, or anything else. Bennie is an efficient, dependable, trustworthy, creative, loyal, innovative and thoughtful individual. I've seen him spearhead both national and regional youth projects, and he never fails to leave a lasting impression and impact. "Via LinkedIn