Our History

Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to provide young men facing adversity in Northern & Central NJ with strong, enduring, professionally group mentoring relationships that will change their lives for the better. We partner with families, volunteers, organizations and the community at large to inspire positive change through education, scholarships, community enrichment, and other charitable activities.

Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative, Inc. Was created by a vision brought forth during a time when there was a growing community need for services in the area of Northern New Jersey.  Not having relationships in getting the proper attention need ed for the community was of great concern. There was a brief meeting to discuss these needs and provide a means for the success of such a service. That vision was brought forth by Bernard Hamilton.

This vision was slowly gaining strong support from members of Chi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  With initial thoughts shared amongst those in agreement; a committee was put together to begin this venture.  The first discussion about this was had between Bernard Hamilton and Anthony Manners. Anthony Manners was a Executive Taxation Expert with a major international auditing firm and provided the backdrop on what was need to bring this venture forward.

There was a Finance Committee appointed to address all aspects of the forming of this community organization.  The members of Finance Committee were, Henry L. Scott, Fernard Williams, Larry Mungin, Al Jackson, John Talton, Herman Sanford, Louis Hassell and Bernard Hamilton. The organizational structure was built initially from the name selected to represent the direction for the organization.  “Sigma” for the source of its origin. “Community” for the services  the organization will provide towards. “Enrichment”, for the goal to enrich those served and “Initiative”, the action we will take first to ensure the service is done for our community.

On February 28, 1997, The Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative, Incorporated (SCEI) was formed as a non-profit tax-exempt organization in the State of New Jersey.  Then on June, 6, 1997, the organization filed with the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit tax-exempt organization affiliated with the Chi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. SCEI was organized for the purpose of fostering youth mentoring, education, scholarship, and community enrichment programs for the betterment and enrichment of communities in the greater Northern New Jersey area.  The first elected board of SCEI Inc. was

The first elected board of SCEI was:

Executive Board

Henry Scott, President
Eric Houston, Vice President
John Talton, Treasurer
Ronald Hunt, Esq., Secretary

Board of Directors

Bernard Hamilton
Lou Hassell
Al Jackson
Larry Mungin
Herman Sanford