FoundingJanuary 1, 1983
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow was founded in a run-down storefront in 1983 by the late Sister Mary Franciscus, RSM, to serve the at-risk, out-of-school, and unemployed youth of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
New Training FacilityJanuary 31, 1983
Over the next decade, OBT established innovative employment and training strategies for young people and moved into a modern training facility at the former St. Rocco’s Youth Center located in Sunset Park. In addition, OBT instituted new programs including support services for the newly employed, adult job training, and daytime and evening literacy classes.
Second SiteJanuary 1, 2001
Due to the success of its programs, OBT opened a second full-service site in 2001, OBT Bushwick/Williamsburg, to serve residents of Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Williamsburg in response to a lack of needed services in these communities.
OBT Receives PEPNet AwardJanuary 1, 2002
In 2002, OBT was one of nineteen job training programs nationwide to receive the PEPNet Award in recognition of program excellence.
The Passing of OBT founder, Sister Mary FranciscusJuly 27, 2005
In 2005, OBT’s founder, Sister Mary Franciscus passed away, but her longtime commitment to Brooklyn’s youth has inspired and motivated the staff, the majority of whom have worked for OBT for more than ten years, to continue her legacy of good work.
Randolph Peers Named New Executive DirectorMay 1, 2006
After a prolonged search in 2006, the Board of Directors announced the hiring of a new executive director, Randolph Peers, former Vice President at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, who has over seventeen years of experience developing and managing job training and employment programs.