Vision: Everyone achieving personal potential from cradle to career
Mission: Together we will engage our community to provide an environment in which all contribute and excel.
We've had seven CommUNITY Conversations providing the guidance to launch our Kindergarten Readiness and Community Engagement Networks. By aligning diverse voices at the table, we will define what being ready for kindergarten looks like.
If a child is not ready for kindergarten, it's likely he/she will be behind in reading and math throughout his/her educational career, affecting his/her well-being, self-esteem, motivation, and career success.
Some great conversations at a Kindergarten Readiness Network meeting!
We are thrilled to announce Kenosha News is partnering with Building Our Future to publish an article every other Wednesday. Please look for us in the Lifestyle section, inside page 2 starting August 30th.
Building Our Future's Research and Evaluation Manager
It is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.
We our happy to introduce the newest member of our staff, Eric Lequesne!
As our Research and Evaluation Manager, Eric will ensure data is used as a strategic and continuous improvement tool for each of our networks and partner pilot programs. Beyond this, he will work to maintain and improve the ability of programs to use data within Kenosha County.
Eric has a master's in economics and a background in education and equity research and nonprofit evaluation. He spent a year with our StriveTogether partners, Milwaukee Succeeds, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, helping to improve their use of data as a tool for evaluation and tracking.
Impact 2-1-1 provides the means for people to take the first step toward regaining stability.
In Kenosha County, just dial 2-1-1 to get connected to information and assistance. They are there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In the next few months:
Kindergarten Readiness Network - meets every 3rd Thursday of the month 8:00-9:30 AM at KABA Traiinng Center
Community Engagement Network - meets every 1st Thursday of the month 3:30-5:00 PM at KABA Training Center
Data Team - meets every 2nd Monday of the month 9:00-10:00 AM at United Way of Kenosha County office
Communication Team - expanding and meeting 9/7/2017 8:00-9:30 AM at United Way of Kenosha County office
Please visit the Building Our Future resource table at the following community events
Save the Youth Day - sponsored by Greater Mt. Hebron Church, 8/26/17, Lincoln Park 1:00-4:00 PM
HarborFest '17- sponsored by Leeward Business Advisors, 9/21/17 at Festival Hall in Racine 4:00-8:00 PM
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May 2017 Partnership Newsletter
We held our first CommUNITY Conversation! Parents and community members gathered to discuss Kindergarten Readiness. We are learning about amazing bright spots in Kenosha that are helping prepare our students. We will continue to gather information and learn how Building Our Future can best support our community.
The Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency's Fatherhood Initiative helps fathers become more involved in the lives of their children, to drive successful outcomes for local youth in the areas of health, literacy, and continued education. Sharmain Harris started out as a client. Energized by the importance of the programming, he volunteered and now works with the agency. This is how a community makes the right changes!
In the next few months:
Join us for our next CommUNITY Conversation on June 6th at the Boys & Girls club
Our new Research and Evaluation Manager will be introduced soon!
This partnership belongs to everyone. Please share your voice and be heard.
What early education resource, tool, organization, program was helpful to you and your child? We are looking for those bright spots in Kenosha that are working.