Nepperhan Community Center, Inc.

We Are United in Our Dedication to Children’s Rights

Dr. Jim Bostic TH.DS.

Minister, Community Leader, Author

Jim was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of Bishop William and Etta Jackson. He is a graduate of Charles E. Gorton High School, where he received All-American honors in basketball. After being highly sort after by universities nation-wide, Jim chose New Mexico State University where he majored in Personnel Management, and has since obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry from Bibleway Institute of New England, and a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Theology from the Open Bible Institute and Theological Seminary. He also received All-American honors in basketball while at New Mexico State. After college he was drafted by the Kansas City Kings of the National Basketball Association, and also played for the Detroit Pistons. Upon the completion of his basketball career Jim began a very successful coaching career at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, where he compiled a 32-2 record over two (2) years. From Albert Leonard he became Head Coach and a full-time teacher at New Rochelle High School. Jim lead them to an impressive 128-15 record over five (5) years, a New York State Section I Championship, and four (4) straight Conference I championships. He later began a seven (7) year coaching career at Iona College in New Rochelle, as their Assistant Basketball Coach. Shortly after retirement from Iona College, Jim continued coaching at Leake & Watts High School in Yonkers where he lead them to two straight Class D Section I Championships, and The Team Sportsmanship of the Award in the same season.

After leaving Iona College Jim became Program Coordinator at Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers where he now serves as their Executive Director, responsible for all agency staff and programs. He hosts their Voices of the Community Cable Television show, which is aired on Wednesday evenings at 10:30pm on channel 18. Jim is also the founder of the Yonkers Midnight Basketball, and the Say Yes To Life Basketball Programs. Since assuming the leadership of Nepperhan Community Center, he has been responsible for creating numerous new programs including the 125 member Nepperhan Youth Corp, a violence prevention program which features one of the Metropolitan areas top drum and bugle corps. The addition of an outdoor basketball court which is now home of the Yonkers Midnight Basketball Program, a major food drive to feed the hungry, a Black Tie Gala, a walk-a-thon, the creation of the states first Parent Teacher Student Association sponsored by a community based organization, five Youth Tackle Football teams, the largest provider of afterschool programs in Yonkers and the surrounding area., and is currently working on a project to expand the Nepperhan Community Center to a new site location. Dr. Bostic has not only expanded the agency to have offices throughout the Lower Hudson Valley, but currently they are also operating programs in Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Ghana on the continent of Africa, and in Haiti

Dr. Bostic is the author of the recently published book “Daily Words of Encouragement To Live By.” He was also member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Yonkers for over 50 years, while there he served as the Chairmen of the Board of Trustees, former President of their Men’s Ministry, former Teacher in their Bible Institute, and Director of their Youth Church Ministry. Currently he is member of the Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, where he serves as Youth Pastor, and an instructor in their Kingdom Empowerment Classes. Also as part of Jim’s ministry he has teaches Bible study at Valhalla Correctional Facility in Westchester County, he ministers to inmates throughout the New York State Correctional Institutions, and his agency serves as an After-Care Facility for inmates released from prison. Jim is also the Business Manager of the Gospel Recording group The Sound of Hope. Jim was inducted in the Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, the Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the Rucker Professional Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. He has been the recipient of numerous awards which include The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, Outstanding Young Men of America, Outstanding Teachers of America, Commendations from The City of Yonkers, County of Westchester, State of New York, State of New Mexico, the United States Congress, The Ossie Davis Award, The Champion of Human Rights Award, The African American Advisory Board of Westchester’s Trail Blazer Award, numerous Community Service Awards, and many more. He also serves as a member of the Mayor’s Education Advisory Committee, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Sharing Community, Co-Chairman of the Faith Based Health Initiative, The Drug Free Advisory Committee, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee, the Gang Task Force, former member of the African American Advisory Board of Westchester County, former Chairman of the Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, and currently Founder/Chairman of the City of Yonkers Violence/Gang Prevention Coalition, the Board of Directors of St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Mayor Mike Spano’s Advisory Committee, the Chairman of the Hudson Valley After School Network, Chairman of the Lower Hudson Valley My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a former board member of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and many more. He is happily married to Pearlie Goodman, and they are proud parents of two children Donica, and Jim Jr (deceased), both young adults and three grandchildren. Jim’s entire adult life has been dedicated to the service of youth, their families, people who are in need, and the cause of racial equality.

Education is a key for success

Building a Better Tomorrow

Nepperhan Community Center, Inc. is a U.S. based firm which was found in 2016 in an attempt to help the underprivileged children in West Africa, Burkina Faso. Since then, we have helped hundreds of children get proper education through scholarships and funds and provide good medical health services to those in need. Since many children in Africa are impoverished and struggle to get proper education and health services. So we created this organization to provide a helping hand to those who are trying to get a chance at life. We do whatever it takes to help children, transforming their lives and the future we share.

Building a Better Tomorrow

Welcome to the world of Nepperhan Community Center where we “Empower Children & Families” and no child is ever left behind. Through the help of a proactive Board of Directors, we have been able to significantly expand the programs and services of this agency over the years. Nepperhan community center has grown from a small room serving local Yonkers residents in 1938, to today serving the lower Hudson Valley region in New York State, two countries – Accra Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire – the Ivory Coast – on the continent of Africa and Haiti. We are excited about our expansion into other regions of the world and the mission work of our agency right here in the United States.

Nepperhan Community Center truly believes in serving our community, and beyond, with passion and a generous heart. We have made contributions to such causes as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Richmond’s Children’s Hospital, the Flint, Michigan water catastrophe, the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and numerous Prison Ministries. On Thanksgiving and Christmas we have provided tens of thousands of turkeys and Christmas toys to families unable to afford them.

We have managed to do all of this humanitarian work while also providing comprehensive and diverse programs to our children and families. Such programs range from afterschool, recreation, and STEAM initiatives, to violence and gang prevention, senior, and pregnancy prevention programs. In the health arena, Nepperhan Community Center offers drug and alcohol, health and nutrition, healthy marriage and relationship education, counseling and support. We also provide fatherhood, re-entry, and bully prevention programs. Finally, we believe in nurturing the creative spirit in our young people with our arts programs as well as our college and career planning services.

Nepperhan community center also believes in serving a number of neighborhood civic and governmental organizations. Over the past 10 years, we have been to home to over 15 churches and countless organizations who utilize our banquet hall for their weekly worship services and monthly meetings. Furthermore, the Red Cross and the City of Yonkers Emergency Management office have designated Nepperhan Community Center as an emergency site in case of natural disasters or other catastrophic occurrences.

In all we are proud of what our Nepperhan Community Center has blossomed into and the intrinsic value the Center brings to the Yonkers community and abroad. Please join our family as we seek to make an even greater difference in the world!

Peace and blessings!
Dr. Jim Bostic, Th.D.
Executive Director


Main Location:

Nepperhan Community Center
342 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 965-0203

Satellite Offices:


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68 Palisades Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701


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