Community Builders

Improving Lives Through Collective Impact
Community collaboration is the cornerstone of great results. That is why the CSC leads the Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan which harnesses the power of collective action and provides ample opportunities for stakeholders to improve the lives of children and families. Whether it be through participating in a committee, attending a community event, or sharing insightful feedback and data, there are many ways Community Builders can contribute to improving our community. The CSC provides backbone to support the work of the more than 40 committees that work to turn the curve on a range of issues and toward five shared goals: Children Live in Stable and Nurturing Families; Children are Mentally and Physically Healthy; Children are Ready to Succeed in School; Young People Successfully Transition to Adulthood, and Children Live in Safe and Supportive Communities.

The work of the committees of the Strategic Plan informs funding decisions. Just as importantly, the Strategic Plan and the CSC’s role as its convener, allow for an infrastructure that is flexible and reflective of the community’s resilience, even in the face of the most tragic adversities.
Our Goals From Planning to Action

First approved in February 2002, the Broward Children's Strategic Plan sets the vision, mission, goals, and objectives for establishing a better community in which children live, learn, and thrive. In 2006, nearly 600 participants came together to assess the plan's progress and provide constructive feedback for a revised version, which would include five new - and targeted - results areas. As Community Builders, it is our mission to connect our community's resources and data to ensure that these goals are met.

Children Live in Stable and Nurturing Families

Working toward ensuring that all Broward children live in safe, stable and nurturing families.

Click here to learn more about what we're doing to ensure children live in stable and nurturing families. 

Children are Mentally and Physically Healthy

Committees are working hard to safeguard the mental and physical health of Broward Children. It is necessary to have in place a continuum of maternal and child health services for at-risk families. Committees are working to ensure that: 

- There is a reduction in the Number of Children Drowning (ages 1-4)
- There is a reduction in Childhood Obesity
- All Black babies in Broward County will be born healthy, and remain healthy. 
- Babies will be born substance free
- Women will have healthy pregnancies with positive birth outcomes.
- There will be zero perinatal HIV transmissions
- Broward County teens will be healthy.

Click here to learn more about what we're doing to ensure children are mentally and physically healthy.

Children are Ready to Succeed in School

As the community works toward making sure all children in Broward are ready to succeed in school, committees have been working hard on ways to:

  • Improve children's educational success by making sure all of Broward children are ready to succeed in Kindergarten.
  • Improve the availability and quality of inclusive out-of-school time programs for economically disadvantaged children and for children with special needs (inclusion).
  • Improve the availability and quality of out-of-school care for children with special physical, developmental, and behavioral needs who require intensive services.
  • Enhance academic achievement,
  • Support social-emotional learning, developmental and physical activities.
  • And encourage providers in the community to provide educational field trips and cultural arts opportunities. 

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Young People Successfully Transitioned to Adulthood

In this area, the community is focused on

  • Reducing youth risk factors associated with delinquency, teen pregnancy, and other risky behaviors.
  • Actively working towards strengthening the continuum of care for children with special needs.
  • Creating solutions for strengthening supports for youth aging out of foster care or living in Kinship care, youth involved with juvenile justice, and youth who are LGBTQ to successfully transition to adulthood.
  • And working toward solutions that help reduce the recidivism rate of low-risk juvenile offenders and prevent the escalation of crime.
  • Increasing protective/resiliency factors and reduce risk factors associated with delinquency, teen pregnancy, and other risky behaviors.

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Children Live in Safe and Supportive Communities

In this area, Community Builders work to ensure that children are living in safe and supportive communities though the reduction of abuse and neglect.

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Explore Our Committees
To maximize opportunities for positive youth development and improve system outcomes, Community Builders have formed focused committees that analyze data, identify action steps, and establish community indicators to measure progress for specific segments of children’s services in Broward County. Committee members include residents, providers, government representatives, and local businesses alike, all working toward accomplishing a common goal by regularly meeting to share data, align events and initiatives, and leverage support from the CSC.

Below, please find a list of the active committees in the Broward Children's Strategic Plan.

Explore Our Committees

Abuse & Neglect Prevention

We work to increase the knowledge base on the Five Protective Factors through service provider training, community awareness- Beware Aware Events. The goals of the committee is community awareness, advocacy, and provide mini training ex. January is...

Leader
Angela Sowell
Related Topics
Abuse
Family Support

Agency Capacity Building

As a part of the Children's Strategic Plan, the Agency Capacity Building Committee (ACB) provides a forum for skill building, networking and resource sharing for emerging, maturing and established organizational leaders seeking to increase their...

Leader
Adamma DuCille
Related Topics
Education
Employment & Economic Development

Broward AWARE

Coordinates activities and events that promote resources preventing child abuse and neglect. Includes Pinwheel for Prevention themed activity during April, Child Abuse Prevention Month

Leader
Andrew Leone
Related Topics
Abuse
Family Support

Broward Bridge 2 Life

The mission of Broward Bridge 2 Life is organizing the community to assist youth with their transition from High School to a post-secondary opportunity. Our goals are to improve post-secondary credential by helping youth complete their entrance or...

Leader
Ralph Aielloo III
Related Topics
Family Support
Employment & Economic Development
Education

Broward Human Trafficking Coalition

The Broward Human Trafficking Coalition (BHTC) is a Coalition of individuals from the general public, those who serve it, and all community partners, in Southeast Florida who are individually and collectively committed to working to improve...

Leader
Jumorrow Johnson
Related Topics
Abuse
Basic Needs

Broward Reads: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Broward Reads: The Campaign for Grade Level Reading Coalition focuses on helping communities and policymakers promote school readiness and quality teaching, tackle chronic absence, and improve summer learning, as well as engage parents as their...

Leader
Sandra Bernard-Bastien
Related Topics
Education
Family Support

Caribbean and Central American Families Support Commitee

As a part of the Children's Strategic Plan, the Caribbean and Central American Families Support committee

provides awareness of support services and connections to organizations that provide services to the Caribbean and Central American Families...

Leader
Kerry-Ann Brown
Related Topics
Abuse
Family Support

Children & Families Leadership Association (CFLA)

The Children and Families Leadership Association (CFLA) is a forum through which community-based child welfare prevention and treatment services, mandated and funded by federal, state and local government work together to establish and nurture...

Leader
Neiko Shea
Related Topics
Family Support
Basic Needs

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General Population | Children's Harbor
954-252-3072

In-home parenting education provided once per week by Bachelor’s or Master’s level staff using the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum and/or the Circle of Security Model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Primary POC: Shaquoia Richardson | srichardson@childrensharbor.org | 954-252-3072 ext. 151

General Population | Children's Home Society of South Florida
954-453-6400

In-home therapy program provided 1-2 times per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Case management and parenting education also provided using the NPP curriculum.

Primary POC: Lisa Sciandra | intercoastal.referrals@chsfl.org

General Population | Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
954-252-6413

In-home counseling, case management and parenting curriculum provided an average of two times per week by Master’s level clinicians using the Family Skill Builders model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Primary POC: Nadia Balram | nadia.balram@gcjfcs.org

General Population | Henderson Behavioral Health
954-735-4530

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.

Primary POC: Farah Lavasseur | flavasseur@hendersonbh.org | 954-735-4530 ext. 141

General Population | JAFCO
954-315-8694

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.

Primary POC: Trahern LaFavor | trahern@jafco.org

General Population | Memorial Healthcare System
954-276-0867

In-home therapy provided weekly by Master’s level clinicians using Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and/or the Circle of Security parenting model. Services include case management, life skills training, parenting groups and father-focused groups to families with youth ages 0-18 years old.

Primary POCs:
Maryssa St. Fort | mstfort@mhs.net | 954-276-0867
Gretchen Haddad | ghaddad@mhs.net | 954-276-0831

HandsOn Broward | Children's Services Council of Broward County
954-233-1295

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. As a CSC agency capacity building partner, HandsOn supports nonprofit agencies in the search and recruitment of volunteers to enhance service provision.

Primary POC: Dale Mandell |dale@handsonbroward.org

The Faces of CSC

The greatest tool you can give a child is the ability to persuade and speak with confidence. Being that my YIG experience positively impacted my emotional literacy skills, I would like to pass these on to those who are less fortunate.
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