The work of the Collaborative is guided by an Annual Plan, developed locally by the members of our collaborative.
For our local collaborative, our overarching desired outcome is Increased Stable and Self-Sufficient Families.
Lee County Family Connection, Inc. was established to create and nurture partnerships which connect resources to the identified needs of children, youth, and families in our community. The collaborative will (1) engage in on-going conversations to review current and/or emerging trends and root causes impacting our children's health/safety and educational success (2) design effective strategies which will address the identified current and/or emerging trends and root causes and (3) equip our community partners with tools and resources to enhance their work with children, youth, and families leading to a sustainable collective impact.
Our collaborative will work collectively to utilize the additional funding sources, such as the Literacy Matters grant, Sandra Deal Collective Impact grant, local grants, local fundraisers, and sponsorships, to enhance the work of our strategies. With a focus on intentional inclusivity, our board of directors, strategy teams, collaborative, and volunteers reflect the diversity of our community.
Our stable and self-sufficient strategy and literacy strategy both focus on working with families in our community who have been identified through the Federal Free and Reduced Food Program as economically disadvantaged. Our youth leadership development strategy, with our newly implemented Junior Leadership Lee Academy, fulfilled an intentional focus on selecting thirty 8th grade students, through a nomination, application, and interview process, to reflect the student population based upon race, gender, social-economic status, and students with special needs.
It is the intention of our collaborative to build an inclusive community that values diversity respecting all of our citizens.