The Hive of Raising Bertie receives $150,000 grant; Raising Bertie heads to Big Sky

The Bertie County Hive House, originally an alternative school for young men in Bertie County, North Carolina, which now operates as a community center has received a $150,000 grant through the North Carolina Development Initiative, provided by Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The donation will go towards renovations for the community center, founded by Vivian B. Saunders, who is featured in Raising Bertie.

Saunders, Dr. Gary Cordon of the Victory Temple Church in Windsor and Tara Kenchen of the NC Community Development Initiative recently discussed their perspectives on the work of the Hive and what it means to be raised in Bertie on the Black Issues Forum on UNC-TV.

"Places like The Hive for Bertie County, especially western Bertie County where there's no recreation, there's no extra-curricular activities that are positive, to have a place that you can go to and people that you can lean on and you can trust, other than family members–it is so crucial it is so important. Not only for young people but for the family as a whole," said Saunders.

"Bertie County has the problem many rural counties have...poverty is a real problem. You lose hope when you're in rural poverty. We see The Hive as an opportunity to catalyze that hope but also catalyze other services in the community. And we think it's going to be the beginning of what will start to transform Bertie County and hopefully transform other counties in the area," said Kenchen.

Watch the full discussion below:

Watch now: Black Issues Forum | The Hive of "Raising Bertie" | The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television Video

Raising Bertie plays at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 5th at 6:00PM.

Raising Bertie screens at A/perture Cinema in Winston/Salem, North Carolina, on January 31 at 7:30PM. Stay up to date on upcoming screenings here, and sign up for the Raising Bertie newsletter here.