Join BVCC on April 20th from 10:00am-1:00pm for our 2nd Annual Strong Families Forum, celebrating Family Strengthening Month!

This dynamic event, dedicated to strengthening, supporting, and empowering families in our community, will begin at 9:45am with an address from Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and a proclamation from Mayor Cavalier Johnson declaring April 2024 to be Family Strengthening Month.

From 10am to 1pm, families can visit stations where they can explore a variety of resource tables and ensure their family’s well-being with health and development screenings. Our newly remodeled kitchen will be home to the Nutrition Program for families to learn firsthand how to make healthy eating both enjoyable and sustainable. Families will also be able to rejuvenate and discover new regulation strategies in the Wellness Nook, where they can go home with a sensory toolkit, and engage in developmentally appropriate activities and STEM activities in the Enrichment Corner.

Each family will have a passport to be filled out at each station, and upon completion, they will receive a Parenting On The Go Bag that can help raise resilient children whether at home or away. A majority of the stations will be offered in both English and Spanish, and free childcare will be provided.

Childcare will be available during the event!

Community Organizations:

  • 4C For Children – Child Care Resources & Referrals

  • CLSHHP – Children’s health against lead poison

  • Milwaukee Succeeds – Early Childhood Education

  • Children’s Hospital – Community resources, parenting, Children’s Wisconsin Services and Programs, etc.

  • Hispanics for School Choice – Education options

  • Children’s Community Mental Health Services & Wraparound Milwaukee – Behavorial and mental health options

  • Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association – Financial Assistance in the form of interest-free loans

  • Department of Children and Families – Quality childcare

  • Mujeres con Poder – Information about diabetes

  • Social Security Administration – Disability for adults and children, retirement, and Medicare

  • Elevance Health – Improving community health

  • Aurora Health Care Karen Yontz Center – Heart health and added sugars

  • Milwaukee Public Library – Get your own library card

  • Pathfinders – Resources for runaway homeless youth, mental wellness/basic needs/advocacy/housing resources

  • Milwaukee County Aging and Disabilities Resource Center – Publicly funded long term care programs for adults with disabilities and seniors

…and more!

Screenings:

  • Lead poison screening through 16th Street Clinic

  • ASQ – Developmental and social-emotional screening for children

  • Memory screenings

Kitchen:

  • Family-appropriate Nutrition Program

Wellness Nook:

  • Regulation Strategies with Daniel Education Services

  • Take-home sensory toolkit

Enrichment Corner:

  • Betty Brinn – MegaFort

  • Beyond STEM – Educational programming

Thank you to our Forum partners!

Click any logo below to learn more about the organizations attending this year’s Forum.

Are you a community organization interested in providing an interactive booth or presentation to the Forum? Please click the button below to complete our interest form!

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