Smart from the Start’s Family Leadership Team is a cohort of parents and caregivers with amazing strengths and resiliencies who have demonstrated outstanding personal achievement, participation in the program, and leadership in their communities, despite personal struggles and challenges. Leaders attend workshops and trainings on a variety of topics to learn more about issues families and children in the community face, and to build on their skills as advocates, trainers and leaders.
A few of the FLTs accomplishments from October 2011 – October 2012:
October 2011 Trip to Washington, DC: 25 Family Leaders and their children visited the Nation’s capitol. Events included a tour of the US Capitol sponsored by our Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
2012 Community Unity Day: On August 18, 2012 Family leaders from all 7 Smart neighborhoods worked together with staff and stakeholders to celebrate the opening of 70 Community Unity Playspaces and book giveaway stations in local businesses, while canvassing and introducing new families to Smart from the Start!
The Family Leaders have been making real change in their lives and their communities, but their work is far from done! Veteran’s Day weekend they traveled to Washington, DC to meet with high level officials in the Department of Education and in Housing and Urban Development (HUD).