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ABOUT US

ABOUT

WHO ARE WE

We are The Carlton Locksley Bennett Foundation (CLBF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in Brooklyn, New York in February 2009 by Maxine E. Lewis to honor the memory of her son Carlton Locksley Bennett, affectionately known as “Locksley”. On March 8, 1976 Locksley was born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies at May Pen Hospital. He was a happy child, full of vitality and a love for soccer. After migrating to the United States with his family, Locksley pursued his dream to excel at playing soccer. He came to be recognized as an outstanding player for his Canarsie High School soccer team, “The Chiefs”, in Brooklyn, New York. While Locksley had a dream to play professional soccer, he also understood the value of education from which inspired another dream, to become an engineer. Locksley’s dreams were cut short on February 6, 1993 when he was robbed, shot and senselessly killed for a gold chain in Bronx, New York.

Inspired to keep Locksley’s dreams alive, Maxine E. Lewis created The Carlton Locksley Bennett Foundation to honor the memory of her son.

The foundation is guided by the belief that all children deserve a safe, nurturing environment and the means to learn for cultivating healthy fruitful lives, and driven by the mission to support students affected by firearms and urban violence living in abject poverty by empowering educational success, emotional well being, and inspiration to lead productive lives. 

WHAT WE DO

The Carlton Locksley Bennett Foundation provides program services to at risk youth who are affected by gun  violence. Based in New York City, the foundation serves students primarily in the New York City area, while also extending its support to students in need in other areas of the United States, Jamaica/other Caribbean countries, and Africa. The foundation serves students inclusive of all races, ethnicities, religions, ages up to 21 years, genders, sexual orientations, and disabilities. 

PROGRAMS

MISSION

To continue Locksley’s lifetime legacy. Scholarships will be provided to students who are affected by Urban Violence and who have experience violence from firearms through tuitions of books, school supplies, clothing and food. Financial assistance will be provided to High School graduates for prom, senior dues, year book and graduation package.

FOUNDED

Founded in 2009

AWARDS

  • Citation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for CLBF worked with HS students affected by gun violence.
  • The Richard D. Simpson Scholarshipp Fund Inc.- Community Service Award.
  • Community Service Award from Women Motivational Services

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