Racial Equity

In FY 2017/18, Racial Equity trainings co-funded by the CSC graduated 1048 individuals, including 200 youth participating in CSC funded programs.

Our Initiative in Action

To work toward this goal, more than 1,600 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.

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.

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 only comprise about 30 percent of the total population.

The CSC funds nearly $80 million in services and supports for children and families in Broward County.

CSC Provider & Staff Reflections and Suggested Solutions

  • Substance abuse, mental health, food insecurity, housing stress trump programming effectiveness
  • Training case managers to effectively connect families to services including (1) dealing with the high turnover of staff in case manager positions; (2) systematically identifying service gaps; (3) expand use of One E APP; (4) deal with changing eligibility requirements
  • Address waitlist for afterschool programs
  • Need legislation around youth with delinquency records
  • Support private sector job pipelines for high wage jobs
  • Increase effectiveness of 211 – a mobile app for services

 

Racial Equity By Children's Services Council

 

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HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Museum of Discovery & Science
954-713-0910

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

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | PACE Center for Girls
954-561-6939

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

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | SunServe
954-764-5150

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

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Urban League of Broward County
954-625-2604

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

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Regional Health Palnning Council
954-561-9681

*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: Tina Hudson | thudson@brhpc.org | 954-561-9681 ext. 1293

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Juilana Gerena & Associates
954-340-0560

*BSO Referrals Only*

Family-based, in-home therapeutic program provided by Master’s level therapists using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families with children with sexual behavioral conditions residing in their home. Services include comprehensive assessments, the development of a safety plan, individual and family counseling, case management, and therapeutic parent and youth group sessions.

Primary POC: Juliana Gerena, Psy.D | jgerena@gerena-associates.com

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Center for Hearing nf Communication
754-444-3084

*BSO Referrals Only*

In-home program provided a minimum of once per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect impacted by hearing loss.

Primary POC: Natalie Basna | nbasba@chchearing.org

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