Beam Furr

Beam Furr Chair CSC Broward
Broward County Commissioner

Beam Furr grew up in Hallandale, lives in Hollywood and taught school in Pembroke Pines. These cities are in Broward County Commission District 6. Throughout his life, he has found a way to be involved in the community. In the 1970s and 1980s much of his effort was focused on taking action to end hunger in his community. In the late 1980s he began teaching for the Broward County School Board. His service as a teacher spans 26 years.

Along the way, he recognized the need for crime prevention, economic development and neighborhood improvement in his own neighborhood. He got involved with the local civic association and began to write grants and mobilize people in his community. Finding out about Drug Free Zone laws, he was the first in the state to map out where all the zones applied in the neighborhood and city-wide and solicited help from the Hollywood Police to enforce them. Along with the association, they contacted all of the landlords in the area and encouraged screening of tenants to cut down on the crime.

In 2000, he was elected as City Commissioner for Hollywood's District 2, where he served for 12 years. He worked hard to bring resources to the area. Primarily a low to moderate income area, he tapped into funds for rehabilitating homes, building sidewalks, and apprentice programs.

Never content to put Band-Aids on problems, Beam looks for ways to address the roots of problems. Knowing that strong families are attracted to areas with good schools, he created the Born to Read program. A librarian/reading specialist was stationed in the South Broward Health Departments Pediatric Clinic, where children who were "at risk" (uninsured or underinsured) would be visited.

Recognizing the need for better jobs for the people in the area, Beam fought for and got passed "set-asides" for local small businesses and minorities. This has given many local businesses a chance to obtain some of the local government contracts and helped create many local jobs.

Beam has been a tireless advocate for children, the environment and for those whose voices don't often get heard in the halls of government. He recognizes the precious gift he has been given in the trust of the voters to represent them as a Broward County Commissioner, and from Nov. 2017 - Nov. 2018, Mayor. He works to fulfill that trust and treat it with the respect it deserves.

He's married to Shelli and has one child, Eliza.

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2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward

2-1-1 Broward, an information & referral line, provides a 24-hour, comprehensive help line and support service for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. An impressive database of information is used to provide community callers with current, relevant information regarding a wide variety of services within the community. All calls are toll-free, confidential and anonymous from anywhere in Broward County.

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2-1-1 Broward Special Needs and Behavioral Health | 2-1-1 Broward

The 2-1-1 Hotline is Broward’s single source for information and referrals for children with behavioral health needs and disabilities. The hotline’s specialized staff focuses on helping parents, caregivers, agencies, and medical practitioners who serve the needs of children, find programming, support and hope. A case management component is also available for families in need of assistance accessing and navigating the special needs and behavioral health system of care.

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Capacity Building Mini Grants | Children's Services Council of Broward County

Infrastructure building support is provided to local child and family serving nonprofit organizations through our annual Capacity Buildings Mini Grants. Through a competitive grant process, local organizations are awarded funding for capacity building projects, professional business coaching and or fundraising support each year.
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Community Builders| Children's Services Council of Broward County

Improving Lives Through Collective Impact through the Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan

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Cribs for Kids | Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.

In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report that estimated that the risk of infant suffocation increases 20-fold when infants and adults sleep in the same bed. In 2005, the AAP restated that co-sleeping is a growing concern and recommended that infants not share a bed during sleep.

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CSC Sponsored Trainings | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The CSC offers quality and affordable training workshops for professionals serving children and families in Broward County. Each session is led by instructors that are highly qualified and experienced in their field to provide an optimal learning environment. CEU’s are also offered for many of the completed courses. For a training calendar and to register, please visit our website at

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille |

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Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Drowning Prevention is a collaborative community effort driven by the Drowning Prevention Task Force. In 2009, the Children’s Services Council allocated funding to support a full-time coordinator housed at the Broward County Health Department who provides insight and accountability for the implementation of the Drowning Prevention Action Plan.

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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.