Mr. Bembry is a graduate of the Community Fellows Program from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designation Deans list and youth worker of the decade, Mr. Bembry holds a BFA in music performance and composition from Cornish Institute of Allied Arts, with several publications and journal submissions to his credit. Mr Bembry’s Youth Development Strategies – Principles to Practice are listed as exceptional American Literature in the Library of Congress.
This emphasis led him to complete course work with at-risk youth in performing arts at the Nationally renowned Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Theater where he co-established the DCM program and the Summer Musical Legacy of 25 years. Reco also served as a mentor at The Computer Museum in Boston globally recognized as a leader in youth access to technology. With a focused interest in reducing youth violence Reco received his certification as an Advanced Leadership Trainer in Violence Prevention from the Harvard School of Public Health/EDC, and National Substance Abuse Prevention Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Bembry serves on many regional committees as both member and advisor. These committees including; the City of Seattle’s Racial Profiling Taskforce, The International District Housing Alliance, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention. Reco Bembry has served as Keynote Speaker at several National, Regional and State Conferences and represented Teen Programming issues at many colloquiums in the U.S. and Canada. He served as spokesperson for the Late Night Programs during the Democratic National Convention and as a featured guest on a CBS News with David Brinkley’s “Three Programs, Three Cities.”
Mr. Bembry continues to work in the field of youth and community development, formerly as the Director of Teen Programs for the City of Seattle, City of Oakland, City of Evanston Illinois, Providence Rhode Island and was responsible for the development of many innovative programs including Seattle’s Late Night Recreation Program, Teen Life Center, Restore360 and the National Youth Congress Program duplicated internationally. Mr. Bembry is the recipient of many awards including the Diamond Award for “Outstanding Community Service,” The Commission Award, and the Children’s Defense Fund award, for the development of the Teen Anti-Violence Council, The WRPA Teen Services Professional of the Year Award and the Academy of Parks and Recreation Sciences 1999-2000 Article of the Year Award recipient and Resource Generator award for the City of Seattle and was honored with a Proclamation Day in his honor August 6th.
Reco Bembry currently serves as a consultant in the private sector with clients such as the Experience Music Project, Senior Consultant for the Paul G. Allen Foundation many other regional and National organizations. Recent endeavors include the development of the Teen Life Center, The National Youth Congress program, the Real Talk DVD–A Teen Dating Violence Prevention Video, Leader Shift Reco Bembry served as the founding Executive Director of the Seattle/King County’s City Year program, a national service organization and has served as Senior Consultant, Fundraising specialist and Business Intelligence Advisor for to the following clients, National Recreation and Parks Association, University of Baltimore, The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, The Seattle Management Association, The Scholars Practitioners Program “a Kellogg Foundation Initiative” The CASA Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University, African American Domestic Peace Project. A Safe Place, Oakland California The State of Washington, State of California, APRS and many more. Mr Bembry has exemplary relationships with Funders, Philanthropist and Corporations to support innovative efforts globally by providing Empowerment through Creative Strategies @ www.bembryconslting.com