Racial Equity

CSC and our community are committed to all children and families in Broward thriving. In order for this to occur ongoing structural racism and implicit bias need to be disrupted and transformed to create the conditions for prosperity and well-being.

Our Initiative in Action

Broward County is home to more than 400,000 children and the sixth-largest school district in the United States. Since 2000, when the CSC was created by voters to fund after-school, diversion and family strengthening programs among others, the number of youth arrests in Broward has decreased from more than 13,400 a year to just over 4,400 a year. The percent of black youth being arrested, however, went from 53 percent in 2005-6 to 75 percent in 2016-17. Black youth comprise about 30 percent of the total population. Racial disparities exist across all child-serving systems. The goal of the racial equity initiative is to eliminate these racial disparities.

To work toward this goal, more than 3,000 partners have been trained in the local history of racism and how the racial segregation set up under Jim Crow laws and attitudes still persists in our community. Included in this training is the research from the Kirwan Institute on how bias shows up in education, health care, criminal justice and employment practices and decision making. Since 2016, Racial Equity trainings co-funded by the CSC graduated 1048 individuals, including 200 youth participating in CSC funded programs.

As a result of this foundational education and understanding, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) has begun implementing strategies to decrease racism and increase racial equity. We have implemented a diverse array of approaches to change ourselves, our programs and our communities due to our commitment that all children grow up to become responsible, productive adults.

None of the racial equity work we are doing would be possible without a shared understanding of the history of racism in our community and country, common language to talk about structural racism and racial bias, and leadership to provide resources and room to make the changes. We are learning how racism across education, law enforcement, criminal justice, employment and other parts of our community systems play a role in producing disparate treatment and life outcomes based on perceived skin color.

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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.