Welcome to the Bloom Project Inc.

Bloom Project, Inc. is a not for profit organization that provides mentoring, service projects, college preparation, character building, and career exploration opportunities. We currently operate in Indianapolis & Ft. Wayne. It is our goal to prepare young males, ages 12-18, for secondary education and increase knowledge in their career paths. The name of the organization was created by the Founder and Executive Director, Arnetta Scruggs, in honor of her late grandfather, Ezell “Bloom” Stephens. The motivation of Bloom Project, Inc. is to continue the family legacy. Within the Bloom Project, Inc. organization, there are two established programs– the annual Kings Feast Symposium and the monthly mentoring workshops, Project King.

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A Glimpse Into Bloom Projects Activities

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Become A King

Project King is a monthly leadership development and college preparation program for minorities aged 12-18. Maximizes youth leadership potential, academic and career while developing a pathway to success. Includes character building workshops, college preparation workshops, service learning projects, career exploration and social events.

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Become A Mentor

Our Mentors help facilitate our monthly workshops for our Kings. We are looking for professionals of all kinds, who would like to become a mentor and help us in facilitating our efforts aimed at creating successful young men. If you are interested and want information, please click the link below and fill out the application.

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Sow A Seed

We are a grassroots, non-profit organization. We receive the majority of our funding from private donors like you. Your contributions are vital to effectively carrying out our mission and positively impacting the hundreds of young men that we reach every day. We thank you and greatly appreciate your interest in making a contribution.

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Featured Programs & Services

  • Project King

    Focuses on group mentoring for predominately minority males, ages 12-18 years old. A job/ career focused program to improve young men social skills and relationships with others. Help them learn about the world of work, potential career paths, and the skills they will need to succeed.

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  • Kings Feast Symposium

    The Kings Feast Symposium is our premier event of the year. This prestigious event is catered towards young minority males who are considered to be the next generation of leaders. Throughout the symposium, the young men will have the opportunity to participate in different seminars that relate to them reaching for success in every aspect of life.

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Upcoming Events

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    Expressions of Gratitude (Fort Wayne)

    Saturday, December 10, 2016
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    Expressions of Gratitude (Indy)

    Sunday December 11, 2016
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    Project King Presents: Entrepreneurship (Fort Wayne)

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    Saturday January 7, 2017

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    Project King Presents: Entrepreneurship (Indy)

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    West Indianapolis

    Friday January 20, 2017

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    East Indianapolis

    Saturday January 21, 2017

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Areas Where We Focus


A mentor is a trusted adult friend with a long-term, consistent commitment to provide guidance and support to a youth. Formal Mentoring Programs are focused on supporting the relationship between mentor and youth (mentee) and developing the character and capabilities of the young person. At the most basic level a mentor is there to help the young person understand that they are valued by their community and were born with their own unique gifts and purpose. At the deepest level mentors stand by and guide young people when they suffer the challenges and initiations in their development.

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Character Building

Bloom Project offers character building to the youth that we serve to help cater to their overall development as a teenager. Our programs are designed to build a diverse network of leaders resulting in a powerful ripple effect of inclusion throughout the community. We build leaders in the community through our programs focused on discrimination, entrepreneurship, relationships, and much more.

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College Preparation

Bloom Project offers college preparation the youth we serve in a variety of ways. Primarily, we would like to take our youth out on annual college tours to get them exposed to a variety of colleges of their interest. We also strive to partner with local colleges, universities, and vocational schools who are willing to come to our mentoring workshops to provide information regarding their institution’s academic programs.

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Service Projects

Bloom Project Inc. is committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others. We provide high-quality volunteer service experiences for our participants. We bring the field of service-learning to the community’s young people through the Project King Program to encourage community participation and engaged citizenship through direct service to homeless and hungry people.

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Career Exploration

How do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? Opportunities for career exploration give young people broader exposure to the working world they will one day enter. It helps them “connect the dots” between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future. Bloom Project Inc. provides opportunities for our participants to improve their academic performance, improve their attitudes about their career possibilities and more…

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Feedback & Testimonials

  • "I would not necessarily deem it a testimony in my case, than that more so of a revelation! One of my greatest most humbling experiences was participating in the Kings Feast, for two reasons in particular! One; to be even thought of as a role model, mentor, professional, and in this case a King was such an honor. On top of being considered all of those mentioned above, I was asked to share a podium with the likes of men who are well known successful black men in the city of Fort Wayne. Ranging from men who received their doctorate to men who have successfully started independent businesses. For Arnetta Scruggs to even think of me in the same category as such men with endless accomplishments was indeed an honor as well as a humbling experience. Two; to be asked to speak to an audience of young men to help lead and guide those young men in a more positive and productive direction was again such a humbling experience! I never seen myself as a mentor or anyone who will be a positive influence up until that moment. So I am extremely grateful, appreciative, honored, humbled, and thankful for the opportunity granted by Arnetta Scruggs to be a participant in the Kings Feast!" – James Raines, Kings Feast Symposium Panelist, Fort Wayne Chapter
    A Humbling Experience & Revelation
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  • “Kings Feast to me was a wonderful experience. I learned A LOT of information, like "Knowledge Is The New Money, Knowledge Is The New Normal.  "They told us stories so we could understand it better. I also loved the fact that we got to act like a College kid for the weekend. Got to stay in Dorms, Go to different Classes; they talked about staying in shape, Opposite Sex, How To Mange Our Money. Lots of stuff that will help us when we get older. It made me become a better person. I Loved ever moment of it. Great Program!!!!!!!!!!!! "I Am A King" -Sredrick Trey Tinker, Participant, Fort Wayne Chapter.
    Kings Feast Symposium was a Wonderful Experience
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