Virtuous Beacon Association (VBA) is an intermediary community based with 501(c) 3 status that will provides job skills training, job interview training, job placement, and counseling to dislocated women who are domestic violence survivors and youthful women with children. VBA understands many women are single parents. It is the mission of VBA to assist women in finding a career path by entering into non-traditional occupations like construction, I.T., agriculture technology, and cooking & hospitality.
By partnering with Boys to Men we are able to extend services to youth and young adults. This allow V.B.A. to offer trained candidates to employers that will lower the employer's cost by giving them tax incentives, knowledgeable employees, national certified employees, and lower turnover rates while increasing the economic growth of the community.
Andrea L. Jamerson
Andrea L. Jamerson M.B.A. is the Senior Director of V.B.A. Ms. Jamerson was in law enforcement for over 20 years with the last 15 years working in public schools. Ms. Jamerson has been consulting in business for 15 years. In her years of law enforcement she discovered a common factor with troubled youth; they came from broken homes with little to no source of income. Single mothers, some very young, very overwhelmed, and had little parenting skills had no idea how to connect with sources to help them achieve a better quality of life. Ms. Jamerson decided that using her education, background in business, as well as in law enforcement could be helpful in bridging the gap between these mothers and the workforce. Virtuous Beacon Association was founded in Memphis TN after 5 years of volunteering with youth ministry groups. Ms. Jamerson assisted in starting Mid-South Boxing successful Anti Bullying Campaign. She was a vital member Mid-South Boxing team as the Organizational Manager for three years. She has also worked as a consulted on numerous other campaigns.
Mrs. Allen is V.B.A.'s backbone with connecting Sponsor/Employers and Job Seekers to the right agent to make all parties working relationships merge efficiently to help with a timely working process. Mrs. Allen is the a rising example of who V.B.A. represents. After rearing 10 children alone and working over 3 years in the hospitality and manufacturing industries Mrs. Allen returned to school and graduated from Bridges USA in 2009 with a strong determination to succeed. Without her dependability, trustworthiness, responsible attitude, and flexibility V.B.A. is positive the day to day operations would not run as smoothly.