Press release from the City of Flint: FLINT, Michigan– The City of Flint has awarded a total of $100,000 to 11 community companies offering important services to support Flint ReCAST, a program funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“We are happy to accompany these community partners to supply access to chance for our families, tools for our young people, and resources for our communities,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “These programs will help raise our families and our young people. Flint is a neighborhood of champions. Interacting, we will continue to move Flint forward.”
Each of the mini-grants were for a maximum of $10,000 and help to advance the mission of Flint ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma), which is created to promote resilience in the Flint community by supporting families and reducing the effect of injury.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint was among the beneficiaries, and CEO Reta Stanley had this to say about the ReCAST assistance: “Big Brothers Big Sisters serves our community's most susceptible populations. The ReCAST Program highly lines up with our trauma-informed care mentoring services and uses resources to attend to the much more complicated spaces in health, education and employment. The financed Youth Workforce Mentoring Initiative will create resiliency and increase capability for youth and families in the Flint community to support skill structure and profession opportunities.”
Robert Ennis, CEO of the Ennis Center for Children, which was also a beneficiary said: “Fostering Creativity's Flint personnel and participants want to thank ReCAST for their continued support. Thanks to the mini-grant we received from your organization, we have the ability to continue to supply programs and services that benefit both our participants and their communities in healthy and positive ways. We are genuinely grateful for all that ReCAST has actually done for our program.”
– Voices For Children: The Flint Families Developing Resilient Communities task will help Flint moms and dads in high-risk families with children affected by the Flint Water Emergency establish management and mentoring abilities at home.
– Peckham: The Mentor: Flint program helps at-risk youth with specials needs shift to their adult years by preparing them for in-demand task opportunities. It also uses workplace support and relied on coaches to help clients be successful.
– R.L. Jones Community Outreach Center: The Help Center and Access & & Function Needs Program is created to help individuals impacted by the water emergency have the ability to mitigate behavioral health concerns by making certain their fundamental requirements are met.
– St. Luke's NEW Life Center: The 16-week Employment Preparation Program helps prepare adults for task chances and it uses graduates paid employment for 90 days.
– Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village: The School of Champions program fills a considerable space in extracurricular and after-school shows for Flint trainees. The totally integrated program operates four days a week in separate six-weeks sessions throughout the year, including a summer-camp program.
– MADE Institute: MADE's Life Skills program recognizes that numerous people going back to society after incarceration might have been impacted by youth trauma and works with them to recognize that injury, address it and thus minimize recidivism.
– Crim Fitness Foundation: The Crim Fitness Foundation plans to provide very first responders, authorities, and correction officers with trauma-informed leadership training with a focus on the results of injury and tension reduction methods.
– YMCA of Greater Flint: The 6-week Y Power Scholars summer program offers mentoring, homework aid, exercise and nutrition education for youth with moderate behavioral difficulties and discovering impairments.
– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint: The 16-week Youth Workforce Mentoring Initiative is developed to produce resiliency and supply support for Flint families by developing abilities and profession chances.
– Ennis Center for Children: Fostering Creativity is a totally free therapeutic arts program for Genesee County youth ages 5-21 who have actually been in foster care or positioned out of their houses. It is assisted in by credentialed art and music therapists and/or competent artists.
– WOW Outreach: Youth Ambassadors satisfy twice monthly for “Real Talk” sessions that offer participating youth a chance to speak about how they are feeling and handling daily life. It utilizes Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration principles to support a framework for understanding injury and resiliency.
ReCAST is headed by a 20-member neighborhood advisory board assembled by the Greater Flint Health Coalition in partnership with the City of Flint. It consists of resident advisors from different sectors of the Flint community. The board chair is Lottie Ferguson, primary durability officer for the City of Flint, and Afton Shavers from the Greater Flint Health Coalition services as program manager.
Other members of the community advisory board consist of Debra Furr-Holden, director Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center; Danis Russell, CEO Genesee Health System; Shardae Davis, director of the Neighborhood Services Center for GCCARD; Asa Zuccaro, executive director Latinx Technology & & Community Center; Keiona Murphy, director state, federal and regional programs for Flint Community Schools; Sandra Jones, director of outreach for Greater Holy Temple; Kirk Smith, president & & CEO of Greater Flint Health Coalition; Steven Kramer, community service cannon fodder for Flint Michigan State Police; Jamie-Lee Venable vice president of operations at United Way of Genesee County; Lauren Holaly-Zembo, vice president for community effect at Crim Fitness Foundation; Kenyetta Dotson, director of community based execution at Michigan State University; Rafael Turner, program officer for Ruth Mott Foundation; Promice Mosley, task assistant at Neighborhood Engagement Hub; Sandra Johnson, project manager of North Flint Revitalization Initiative for Hamilton Community Health Network; James Avery, director of education and training at Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce; Verona Terry, organisation community liaison at Flint Genesee Job Corps Center; Jalen Nunn, subscription and outreach director at YMCA of Greater Flint; and Tauzarri Robinson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club.
This news release was produced by the City of Flint. The views expressed here are the author's own.