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

Behavioral Health Bridge SNAC

Forms partnerships to bridge the gap and support families and youth with co-occurring disabilities and mental health concerns.

Leader
Billie Morgan
Related Topics
Basic Needs
Family Support
Disability Services
Special Needs

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

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Find A Program That Fits Your Needs

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

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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