The night was organized by Broward Black Elected Officials (BBEO) in an attempt to identify viable solutions to improving the condition of blacks in Broward County and not just harp on the problems they face.
Building A Better Broward: Children’s Services Council of Broward County hosts 2017 Youth & Family Summit
Over 1000 attendees, representing various progressive programs and agencies in Broward, gathered to celebrate the success of their collective work in improving the overall quality of life for all children in the county and to strategically plan how they can continue to work together to close gaps plaguing our youth.
Several nonprofits, such as the United Way in Palm Beach County and Hispanic Unity Florida and the United Way in Broward, are offering free tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free service, valued at up to $150, is offered in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole, among other languages.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Returns to Broward County
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, will begin again in Broward County on January 17, 2017. Individuals without children and working families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016, could save up to $150 with free tax preparation services and includes eligibility determinations for inclusion in federal tax credit programs.
HANDY Unmasks Young Professionals for a Good Cause as they Make a Difference for Local South Florida Youth
Young professionals in Broward County are looking beyond their phones and into their hearts to help embrace, educate and empower local youth. Next Gen 4 HANDY, a dynamic group of young professionals, will hold their second annual adult Prom Night in an effort to raise funds and awareness for HANDY. Seventeen of these remarkable young supporters will form the Prom Court, and those who raise the most money will be crowned Prom King and Queen.
Florida First Lady Ann Scott joined BCPS students to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Florida First Lady Ann Scott joined Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which takes place January 23 – 27, 2017. This year’s theme is “Literacy Changes Our World!”
The Florida Panthers announced today that they will host a book drive in conjunction with Children's Services Council of Broward County on Thursday, Jan. 26 when the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. The Children's Services Council of Broward County aims to raise awareness about children's literacy and make sure all local schools have enough resources for students.
A helping HANDY for teen adjusting to a new life in America
Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth Inc., or HANDY, is a nonprofit agency based in Fort Lauderdale that offers tutoring, life coaching and social activities for these children, youth and young adults. The organization has served more than 45,000 youngsters since it was founded by child advocates in 1985.
When Elder Mathes Guice, founder and president of Community Reconstruction Housing (CRH), visited the Cypress Run Education Center in Pompano Beach, he was heartbroken. “It’s a tragic situation,” he said, exasperated. “It’s as if they’ve been left out and left behind,” he said of the children who attend the alternative school for those who have been booted out of their regular school for various disciplinary problems. The school serves middle and high school students.
Broward's Foster Children to Get Representation in Court
On Oct. 20, the Children's Services Council of Broward County authorized the budgetary authority to request letters of interest to contract with provide attorneys for children in the child welfare system.
BCPS Selected for National Partnership and Grant Funding
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) strategic focus on early learning and literacy is getting national support. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, BCPS and the non-profit organization Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) announced an exciting partnership and grant funding to support early literacy development in kindergarten through third grade students.
Get ready for an evening of food, wine and spirits to benefit the hardest-to-place foster children. The event will benefit Heart Gallery of Broward County, which provides innovative programs that help to promote the adoption and enrichment of Broward's foster children. It is one of more than 100 independent heart galleries across the country.
Children’s Services Council Awards over $4 million for Healthy Youth Transitions and Kinship Initiatives for Supporting Services Programs
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) recently awarded approximately $3.22 million for Healthy Youth Transitions (HYT) programs and over $800,000 for Kinship Initiatives for Supporting Services (KISS) for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year.
Gala recognizes organizations that educate tomorrow's leaders
The Broward Education Foundation will celebrate 33 years of educational excellence at its annual Black & White Gala. The event will recognize outstanding philanthropic organizations and businesses for their impact on educating tomorrow's leaders.
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.floridacharts.com.
Employers with disability-friendly practices to be honored April 8
An awards event honoring employers that implement disability-friendly practices is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 8 at Florida Atlantic University's Live Oak Pavilion, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton.
The event — the 2016 South Florida Business Leadership Network's Connections Platinum Awards Breakfast — is part of an annual workshop series that provides information to employers about hiring, retaining and accommodating people with disabilities.
Ft. Lauderdale – Thousands in the Fort Lauderdale community celebrated the Martin Luther King Holiday at events hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee (MLKCC). The celebration started Friday, January 15th. The MLKCC committee along with the Early Learning Coalition hosted 80 three to five year olds from local day care centers for a birthday celebration for Dr. King at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, sponsored by the Children Services Council.
New Mount Olive Baptist Church and The Mount Olive Development Corporation’s (MODCO) Fifth Annual Homeless Give Back Day
New Mount Olive Baptist Church and The Mount Olive Development Corporation’s (MODCO) Fifth Annual Homeless Give Back Day was a huge success! Special thanks to the following venders for your support in making this a great event:
The Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC) announces the availability of approximately $5.2 million for "Youth FORCE" programs
This Request for Proposal (RFP) includes programming to provide effective, research-based best practice approaches to strengthen protective factors and teach positive decision-making skills to at-risk middle-school youth.
The Council is soliciting applications from non-profit organizations, governmental entities, or for- profit organizations incorporated or qualified to do business in the State of Florida. The RFP is available electronically at the CSC website,www.cscbroward.org. Copies are also available at the Children's Services Council office at 6600 West Commercial Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida, 33319.
Verbal instructions regarding the services to be procured will be provided during the only pre-bid conference on Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. It is also the only opportunity to receive information regarding the client populations to be served, contractual expectations and other critical service delivery requirements.
Completed applications are due on or before Jan. 20, 2016, by 12:00 p.m. Approved programs will result in contracts effective Aug. 1, 2016.
OIC of South Florida and Broward College Announce Articulation Agreement
OIC OF SOUTH FLORIDA (OIC-SFL) and BROWARD COLLEGE (BC) announced a new partnership which strengthens the Pathways to College and Careers for underserved and underrepresented youth & adults. OIC of South Florida President & CEO, Newton B. Sanon and Broward College President, J. David Armstrong, Jr., formally announced an articulation agreement between the two entities. This historic day represented, "Innovation at its best" stated Dr. Anita Davis Defoe, Director of Workforce Development at OIC-SFL.
The Children's Services Council of Broward County has partnered with Hallandale Beach Library to offer an afterschool study workshop for local children. Children ages 6-12 years can come to the library for the Afterschool@Your Library program from 2:00-5:30pm each week for homework help and for reading practice. Volunteers will be available to assist students with reading, math, and language arts. Seating is limited so it is important to pre-register for this program.
Lake forms task force to reduce drownings in county
It is one of the worst nightmares of every parent: finding their child unconscious in a pool, not breathing.
For Kathy Young, that nightmare became a reality.
The experience was sobering and changed the lives of the family members forever.
This coming Thursday, children and adults worldwide will participate in the world’s largest shared reading experience.
“Read for the Record” highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading.
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Broward County Public Schools are coordinating the event locally.
We focus on how this event can help children succeed in school and in life, and how local volunteers are needed to make it a success.
Taking Bold Action to Fund What Matters: Communities Raise Revenue to Support Youth
In his latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Harvard professor Robert Putnam describes with great clarity the starkly different experiences of kids living in the same community. Higher-income families are outspending lower-income families nine to one on enrichment opportunities (Source: Sabino Kornrich and Frank Furstenburg, Investing in Children: Changes in Parental Spending on Children 1972-2007.)
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president, Children's Services Council of Broward County
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president, Children's Services Council of Broward County
Last week: When children die from gun violence, it devastates families and grievously impacts entire communities. The 28 school shootings with fatalities since Sandy Hook, and the recent story of an 11-year-old killing his 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun, are heartbreaking. There are no simple answers, but there are a few things that come to mind: control access to guns, provide sufficient mental health services, and have parents model responsible behavior through education and properly securing their firearms. Only then can we begin to address this epidemic and provide our children with a fair chance at realizing their potential, hopes and dreams.
United Way World Wide Celebrate International Peace Day
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on September 21st. Established by the United Nations in 1981, the purpose of the day is to strengthen the ideals of peace among all peoples and all countries. - See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/29965184/united-way-worldwide/celebrate-international-peace-day#sthash.8ZwhNt3i.dpuf
Commissioner: Eliminate Community Redevelopment Agency in Hollywood Beach
City eyes tens of millions generated by taxing district
Special fund is flush thanks to Margaritaville, other developments
Redirecting money could jeopardize improvements on the beach
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article35929617.html#storylink=cpy
On September 18, 2015, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and Nova Law Review is presenting a one-day symposium, Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline, comprised of a broad coalition of partners coming together to present a national platform to address the unnecessary incarceration of teens. Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince is the program’s keynote speaker. The symposium will be held at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
People on the Move: Delray Beach library names board members
Kim Beckett, Justin Cidoni, and William Morse have joined The Delray Beach Public Library's board of directors. Beckett is sales manager of Guild Mortgage Co. Cidoni is with IBERIA Bank, and Morse is former owner of Accounting & Tax Services of Delray Beach, which recently merged with Hirsch & Co. CPAs.
Dr. Louis M. Fernandez has been named vice president and chief medical officer of Humana South Florida. Fernandez joined Humana in 2012 as the regional medical director for the Gulf states.
Local artists went wild on the walls of Broward County this year.
The county unleashed artists into the streets and tasked them with adding photographs, murals and splashes of color to local buildings.
DAVIE, FLa. — Case managers, life coaches, caregivers, peers and community leaders gathered recently during the 11th Annual Broward County Transitional Independent Living (TIL) Program “Build On Your Dreams” graduation ceremony. More than 100 foster care youth joined together to walk the stage and celebrate graduating from middle school, high school, technical school, college and masters programs.
Residente de Broward por más de 30 años, Ana Valladares nació en Cuba, pero fue criada en Venezuela. Llegó al sur de Florida con su esposo, Fredo y sus hijos Cecilia y Tomás, después de vivir en Alemania e Italia. Y desde entonces puso en práctica su vocación de servicio en la comunidad.
National Urban League Brings Youth Leadership Summit To South Florida
Besides bringing presidential candidates to South Florida, this week’s National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale is also bringing a variety of programs that could benefit South Florida’s residents.
Family Central is hoping a new program in Sunrise will make a big difference with local youths. The pilot program Community of Quality Early Learning and Literacy is being made possible by a $750,000 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant.
"Those first five years are essential for brain development," said Mark Gross, Family Central's vice president of program research and development. "They really lay the foundation for success later on in school and in life."
State kicks kids out of specialized program for medically fragile children
The state last month removed about 2,000 children from a specialized program that provides services to medically fragile kids, finding that they were no longer "clinically eligible" under a new screening process.
But the move by the Department of Health to re-evaluate children in the Children's Medical Services Network is drawing criticism from pediatricians and some children's advocates.
Children’s Services Council discusses 2015-2016 Budget
Children’s Services Council discusses 2015-2016 Budget
LAUDERHILL, FL – Recently, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) held its Council Meeting and Budget Retreat to review funding recommendations for programs that help prevent abuse and neglect, support mothers suffering from maternal depression, give disadvantaged youth summer employment & training opportunities and much more.
An event will recognize scholarship recipients who have overcome abuse and neglect to graduate college.
HANDY's 10th annual "Scholars Breakfast" will take place May 21 at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with a coffee reception and silent auction. A seated breakfast will go from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
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Ryan Dominique is having a bit of good luck lately, and those who know him say he's entitled.
This June, Dominique will be enrolling in the School of Music at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. It's being made possible by a first-ever Bella's Group Kinship Scholarship.
The rising number of chronically ill children has led to more scratching, sneezing and wheezing inside the classroom — but about two in five Broward schools lack a full-time nurse or health aide on campus to meet their needs.
190 Broward County Public Schools are expected to participate in this year's “Harvest Drive,” a yearlong project that culminates in a charitable event taking place every Thanksgiving. The drive is a resource for families in crisis, providing assistance with food and other necessities. Families are referred by Broward County school social workers and
The Children's Services and School Bonds Pass Easily
The good news from Tuesday’s election: Voters renewed Broward Children’s Services Council.
Council CEO Cindy Arenberg Seltzer and her crew are a safety net for so many at-risk children and families. They do a terrific job with relatively little money.
If it had been abolished, nobody would have been there to offer a helping hand to those in need.- See more at: http://www.browardbeat.com/childrens-services-school-bonds-pass-easily/#sthash.Nu6izhrd.dpuf
The Broward Supervisor of Elections has reached an agreement with a group trying to extend funding for the Children's Services Counsel, ending a lawsuit over a ballot layout some said was confusing to voters.
Voters must reauthorize the Children Services Council of Broward
Another reason why eligible voters of Broward County should make every attempt to turn out to vote in the 2014 mid-term general elections is to ensure the Children Services Council (CSC) of Broward County is reauthorized to continue operating.
Broward's elections supervisor Brenda Snipes has placed the Children's Services Council in serious jeopardy this election cycle with a confusing ballot design that has left more than one early voter asking for a do-over.
On Nov. 4, Broward voters will be asked to make an important decision regarding the health, well being and success of the children of Broward; the reauthorization of the Children's Services Council of Broward County.
Letter to editor urges voters to re-up Children's Services Council.
(By Dominic Calabro) This election cycle has had no shortage of media coverage. Florida voters have been inundated for months with advertising from candidates in highly contested races. Amendment campaigns have been waging and appealing to our hearts and wallets. But among all of the partisan bickering and moral decision-making is an easy choice for South Florida voters. When checking your ballot on or before Nov. 4, I encourage you to choose to support the Florida Children’s Services Councils by reauthorizing them with a yes vote.
Broward and Palm Beach are among seven Florida counties that created Children's Services Councils to give underprivileged kids the help they need with reading, behavior management, after-school care, delinquency prevention, family issues, even swimming lessons.
Teddy bears were the patients of choice at a children's health fair at Nova Southeastern University on Sunday, while the kids who came out were given Popsicles — not thermometers — to stick in their mouths.
Luedelle Lewis has four children under age 10. Getting enough food on the table can prove challenging, especially with her children around the house for the summer.
So it was a relief when she was approached by a pilot program that delivers lunch and snacks to her home in Park Ridge Court, a complex in Deerfield Beach managed by the Broward County Housing Authority.
Shoe Distribution at Broward County Back-To-School Extravaganza
Thousands of children attending Broward County Schools were provided shoes for back-to-school. Lots of happy faces! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and partners: Children's Services Council, Broward County Social Workers, Hands on Broward, Broward Sheriff's Office, Running With Soles and Neighbors4Neighbors! Thanks also to our wonderful photographers - John & Brenda Holland and wonderful videographer - Cory Galiszewski.
Children’s Services Council Leads 4th Annual Back to School Community Extravaganza
On Saturday, August 9th, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) and other community partners will host the 4th Annual Broward Back to School Community Extravaganza. The event, to be held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, will allow thousands of children identified by Broward County School Social Workers as living in “unstable living conditions” to receive backpacks filled with supplies, as well as new uniforms, shoes and books.?
Parents reminded to look out for kids locked in cars
In statistics provided by the Children's Services Council, 17 children have died from heatstroke while unattended in vehicles, including two in Florida. The state continues to be second in the nation in heatstroke fatalities with at least 68 children dying since 1998.
National Network Spotlight: Smith Community Mental Health
Certified Replication Partners in our National Network are successfully replicating Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program®(TOP®) across the country. The National Network Spotlight highlights a partner and celebrates their positive outcomes.
It can be a daunting task to educate children and teens about healthy eating choices and to instill in them new and lasting healthy eating habits. So a new Nutrition Education Model has been developed; a model that is fun and easy to explain, and catchy enough to stick!?
100 Black Men, Broward Schools, and Nova Southeastern University unveil Mentoring Management System
The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Broward County Public Schools, and Nova Southeastern University have collaborated on an ambitious endeavor which will now allow every child attending public school with an opportunity to be mentored.
The historical announcement marked the first time that a mentoring tracking system will incorporate all mentoring programs affiliated with the Broward County Public School System. It came on the heels of the 24th Annual 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference, which was held June 12-15, 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach.
Partners Launch Water SMART Broward Campaign to Help Prevent Childhood Drowning
LAUDERHILL – In Broward County, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death among children ages 1-5. In 2013, the Florida Department of Health in Broward reported seven cases of drowning deaths in children. There have been just as many deaths since the beginning of this year. Tragically, in most cases, these deaths are preventable.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president, Children's Services Council of Broward County
Looking ahead: Next Thursday, the Children's Services Council of Broward County will pass its preliminary budget and millage. Thanks to the growth in property values, even more children with special needs will have a safe, stimulating place to go and grow over the summer and after school; more adolescents will have a chance to gain their first summer job experience and more children will receive water safety lessons. For more information check out the Proposed Program Budget on our website www.cscbroward.org
Kathleen Cannon, president, United Way of Broward County
Looking ahead: The Children's Services Council of Broward is an independent special district established by voters in 2000. CSC provides the resources that are vital to enhance children's lives through a wide variety of programs designed to help them lead healthy, safe and productive lives. They help over 100,000 children and fund over 150 proven programs in our community. This will be on our ballot in November as a renewal. Our children are our future.
Making a splash… Sun Sentinel Children's Fund's Spring Campaign assists children stay afloat
With matching funds multiplying donations, the Sun Sentinel Children's Fund launched this year's Spring Campaign to make a splash for local youth by providing brighter futures for children in the community.
Roy Rogers, developer, environmentalist and community advocate
Looking ahead: Without a dedicated source of funding for the Broward Children's Services Council our youth are at risk. Get ready for a ballot question that will ask if the community is prepared to support that funding goal.
Literacy program gets $35,000 boost from partnership
The Shepherd's Way shelter on Dixie Highway inFort Lauderdale provides a home for children of single mothers and offers them after school child care as well. Starting in June, the shelter will be offering still more, said executive director Robin Martin.
Getting rid of the five-year waiting period for children of legal immigrants to get health coverage through KidCare will improve health outcomes and save money, writes Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president/CEO of the Children's Services Council of Broward County, in a column in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Seltzer is urging lawmakers to pass measures that would eliminate the waiting period and give KidCare to more than 25,000 children.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer: Care for Florida's children
The rich diversity of South Florida is one of its best features. We are fortunate to live in a place where many want to come seeking a new life, because this country remains The Land of Opportunities, and this region is one of its most desirable for them and their children. By uprooting from their original country, they bring fresh energy and ideas.?
Children's Services Council of Broward County & Forever Family Bella's Group Honored
Hundreds of advocates, judges, law enforcement and dignitaries came together to honor the Children's Services Council of Broward County and Family Family's Bella's Group Founders Isabella and Gabriella Glazer among others for changing and saving the lives of vulnerable children in our community.
Sun Sentinel Readers Help Families in Need During Annual Children's Fund Campaign
This past holiday season, readers, sponsors and foundations contributed $227,718 to the Sun Sentinel Children's Fund. Partners in the campaign were the Children's Service Council of Broward County, JM Family Enterprises, AutoNation, Publix, and The Dennis & Lois Doyle Family Foundation.
Author Provides a Face, Voice for Children of Sex Abuse
Author and Childhood Sexual Abuse survivor Julie Mansfield will be one of the featured speakers at the Children's Services Council of Broward County 4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children campaign kickoff.
World AIDS Day Event Draws Over 500 Broward County Students in Commemoration
Over 500 Broward County students took photos in front of the authentic AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of World AIDS Day and as part of the 2013 POETT (Prevention Outreach Education Technology Training) Teen Summit.
Members of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County have been recognized as some of South Florida’s 100 most influential people! Read thoughts from CSC President/CEO Cindy Arenberg Seltzer and Council member Commissioner Sue Gunzburger on the biggest stories of the week and what they think will make headlines next week.
After-School Programs Added in Plantation, Sunrise
The Davie-based Firewall Centers' after-school programs have helped at-risk students throughout Broward County. The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is a proud funder of the Firewall Centers in its efforts to engage middle school students in constructive and effective after school activities and help increase long-term attendance and graduation rates.
Representative Shevrin Jones Calls on State Legislature For Additional Funds to Decrease Youth Violence in South Florida
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County was proud to take part in both the press conference and town hall meeting where it was announced that a budget request for additional funding will be made at the legislative session toward afterschool programs, parks and recreation and social services for students, young adults and out of school youth.
Eleanor Sobel: Childhood Obesity Can Cause Problems in Adulthood
In this opinion piece, Florida Senator Eleanor Sobel addresses the issue of childhood obesity and invites the public to a town hall meeting at the Children’s Services Council of Broward County to help find solutions that can help reverse the trend.
Children’s Services Council of Broward County President/CEO weighed in on changes needed in the nonprofit community at a recent event organized by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.
Firewall Cooperation to Open Two New Centers; After-School Program for At-Risk Youth Students at Bair and Plantation MS now “have a chance”
Firewall Centers, a non-profit organization that offers free after-school programming, announced that they will be opening two new centers thanks to funding from the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Community Foundation of Broward.
CSC of Broward is proud to be a major funder of Hispanic Unity of Florida programs such as Youth FORCE, Food Stamp Outreach and the Earned Income Tax Credit/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. See what Hispanic Unity is doing to help keep up the numbers for Hispanic student graduation rates in this segment from Comcast Newsmakers.
Community Foundation of Broward Awards Grant to Voices for Children of Broward County Spotlighting its Work in Support of the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem Program
“The Next Step” grant, funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, will provide additional funding to assist Voices for Children of Broward County in working to achieve its mission: to raise funds to help ensure that each and every abused, abandoned and/or neglected child in the County is assigned a Guardian ad Litem.
Broward County, Children’s Services Council and Early Learning Coalition Launch “Look Before You Lock” Campaign
Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler, Children’s Services Council President/CEO Cindy Arenberg Seltzer and Early Learning Coalition Board Chair Jeffrey Dwyer will help launch a “Look Before You Lock” campaign aimed at ensuring that no children die or are injured as a result of being left in hot vehicles.