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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Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Henderson Behavioral Health

Program serves youth ages 15 to 22 who have a mental health diagnosis and are aging out of the foster care system with a safety net during their time of transition into adulthood. The program is designed to meet each youth’s individual needs including housing, and to support them in their transition to adulthood with the highest potential for success.
Primary POC: Stephanie Delice| sdelice@hendersonbh.org| 954-735-4530 ext. 6223

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Memorial healthcare System Community Youth Services

Program assists youth ages 15 to 22 in drafting a FUTURES PLAN, which includes vocational, educational, social, psychological, behavioral, spiritual, and personal goals. Transitioning youth are educated and given career path training, youth leadership skills, and assistance in getting affordable housing and other independent living skills.
Primary POC: Cammie Cacace | ccacace@mhs.net

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Museum of Discovery & Science

MODS provides transitional young adults ages 18-22 with insufficient familial supports, the opportunity to participate in a yearlong paid internship. MODS partners with community based organizations to identify and prescreen eligible young adults transitioning out of foster care to secure employment. Young adults can earn a wage for approximately 11-14 hours per week.
Primary POC: Sandy McCarthy | Sandra.McCarthy@mods.net

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | PACE Center for Girls

The program serves middle and high school girls ages 11-19 by providing life coaching and counseling to increase protective factors and mitigate risk factors associated with delinquency as well as assisting girls transitioning to adulthood. The program helps girls develop healthy interpersonal relationships, coping skills, self-esteem, and future planning.
Primary POC: Milena Brunet | milena.brunet@pacecenter.org | 954-561-6939 ext. 3819

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | SunServe

Program serves middle and high school youth ages 11-19 who identify as LGBTQ by providing professional assessment, counseling, and life coaching to promote successful life outcomes. The program promotes the development of skills, academic, and employability skills to help youth transition successfully into healthy young adulthood.
Primary POC: Tori Bertran | tbertran@sunserve.org

Teen Programs
HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Urban League of Broward County

The Village Program serves middle and high school youth ages 11-19 with delinquency involvement. The program provides life coaching and counseling to guide and support youth in becoming successful and responsible young adults. The program teaches youth anger management skills, social responsibility, character building and employability skills to ensure youth are exposed to positive activities as a way to divert them from the juvenile justice system.
Primary POC: Lauren Butler | lpbutler@ulbcfl.org

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Regional Health Palnning Council

*BSO Referrals Only*
Healthy Families Broward is the local affiliate of Healthy Families Florida and Healthy Families America. It is the leading child abuse prevention program targeting new parents assessed at
high-risk for child abuse.
Primary POC: LaSonya Starlin| lstarlin@brhpc.org| 954-561-9681 ext. 1288

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.