Broward Children’s Strategic Plan

CALLED TO ACTION

The Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan (BCCSP) was a product of the Children’s Summit held in Broward County in 1999. The Broward Benchmarks provided guidance in identifying community concerns, many of them stemming from broad and deep systemic societal issues, such as poverty and its consequences, as well as family and community dynamics and their impacts on children. The County Commission formally approved the plan on February 19, 2002. Based on the Hawkins and Catalano “Communities That Care” (CTC) model, the plan sets the vision, mission, goals and objectives for establishing a better community in which children live, learn, and thrive.  The 2017 Youth Summit convened at the Broward Convention Center on February 21, 2017.  Service providers, advocates, youth, and Broward residents participated in fostering and coordinating many planning initiatives for Broward County.  The Summit also celebrated the progress made toward meeting benchmarks set out in the Children’s Strategic Plan since it began in 1999.

“The Community Called & We Answered!”

RESPONSE

A Collective Impact approach was taken to implement the plan. Committees were formed consisting of public & private entities, government, faith-based organizations, and community residents who meet frequently to share data, strategies/best practices, accomplishments, and activities concerning children and families in Broward County. Using the Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework, this information is summarized into a Turn the Curve Report that is submitted to the Leadership Coalition, which consists of Broward’s policy advisory entities. The Leadership Coalition provides a platform for policy change and funding recommendations to be made.

“From Planning to Action!”

"We work to achieve a series of goals pertaining to the Children's Strategic Plan by training and engaging with community leaders" - Sue Gallagher

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Our organization provides leadership, advocacy and resources to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

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Family Strengthening
General Population |Advocacy Network on Disabilities

Counseling and parenting education program addressing universal and specialized needs of families who have children with disabilities, presumptive disabilities or who are headed by a parent with a developmental disability.
Primary POC: Ire Diaz |Idiaz@advocacynetwork.org

Capacity Building
HandsOn Broward | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The Children’s Services Council supports HandsOn Broward as a critical component in Broward’s human services system of care and infrastructure. HandsOn Broward provides year-round volunteer recruitment that bridges individuals and groups to meaningful service opportunities at over 600 nonprofit organizations throughout our community.

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Camelot Community Care

Program serves youth ages 15 to 22 with significant behavioral and emotional difficulties who require extensive support and individualized services in order to transition successfully to adulthood and independence. Through the use of a team approach, program staff advocate and coach youth in independent living skills.
Primary POC:Casiopia Daly | cdaly@camelotcommunitycare.org

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | FLITE Center

The FLITE Center is a collaboratively funded agency that provides coordination, resources and direct services to the Transitional Independent Living (TIL) population in Broward County. It serves as a One-Stop Resource Center that offers TIL youth access to housing, education, and employment services. Additional supports for TIL youth include caring adults, a safe “hang out” spot and access to a computer lab.
Primary POC: Christine Frederick | christine@flitecenter.org

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

Program serves youth ages 15 to 22 with behavioral health issues and/or special needs to achieve independent living skills and reach their fullest potential. Youth are encouraged to explore their interests and futures in areas such as employment and career, education, housing, personal effectiveness/well-being, and community-life functioning.
Primary POC: Tania Hamilton | thamilton@gcjfcs.org

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | H.OM.E.S., Inc.

H.O.M.E.S., Inc., is a collaboratively funded agency that provides subsidized housing slots to youth transitioning out of foster care and/or other non-traditional living arrangements. H.O.M.E.S., Inc. provides employment eligibility assessment, employability skills training, and job placement services to the Independent Living population.

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | HANDY

Program serves youth ages 15 to 22 to assist with their transition into adulthood providing life skills training and life coach support services with an emphasis on educational, vocational, and transitional living success, and social/recreational outlets.
Primary POC: Nordege Laforest | nlaforest@handyinc.org

The Faces of CSC

The impact Future Prep had on Sarah fomented her desire to give back to her community. Today, she is a Counselor for Memorial’s CSC-funded Youth Force program, helping other young people gain confidence and determine their own path for the future.
This program has touched me and made a difference in my life.
Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.