Where were the TV camera crews and the reporters? Why no headlines in the papers or segments on the nightly news? Yesterday evening, over 500 young people, predominantly ages 14-17, came on their own to the 2014 Youth Opportunities Fair hosted by Congressman Andre Carson in cooperation with the Marion County Commission On Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) and Shortridge Magnet High School. They came out to talk with over 40 community agencies, churches, and educational programs who are offering young people in our community positive opportunities for the summer months—and beyond. Some youth were able to apply for summer jobs; others signed up for community service, or summer learning programs, or community arts activities. Every young person walked away with knowledge of the many resources our community has to support their growth and development.
The Co-location of Services project has a new name: Family Access Network.
MCCOY, Goodwill, Fairbanks, Children’s Bureau, and Midtown Mental Health/Eskenazi, is creating a “one-stop” center for health and human services focused on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and juvenile delinquency. The center will be located in the Near West neighborhood of Indianapolis and will focus on improving child and family well-being while also contributing to community development efforts occurring in Near West. Indianapolis has a widespread need for integrated services to prevent child abuse, neglect and juvenile delinquency and we know Family Access Network and its innovative service model will have a positive impact on the kids and families served.
Services offered under the one roof of Family Access Network will build upon and build up the following strengths of the kids and families in our community:
• Social supports
• Health- physical and mental
• Basic needs
• Family function
• Social connectedness
• Safe environment
The research we’ve conducted on co-location/nonprofit/shared space centers throughout the US and Canada validates that the Family Access Network will greatly benefit the Near West community, as well as the City of Indianapolis. Working together to serve clients better, tracking and measuring success of the program model, as well as impact on the people served will benefit all involved- kids and families, organizations and the community.
We are optimistic about the future of Family Access Network and its many successes and look forward to continuing the work of creating a “one stop shop” for families not only in Near West, but in Indianapolis as a whole.
For more information on the Family Access Network please contact: Shanna Martin or (317) 921-1233.
- School discipline, school start times and how to encourage teachers to work at poor performance schools (HEA1319)
- Child Services Oversight Committee review criminal background checks for certain entities by different agencies (HR5)
- Human sex trafficking on the internet (HR12)
- Causes of violence and violent crime (HR61)
- Training of teachers who instruct students with neurological disorders (HR67)
- Nullification of federal firearms legislation (SR38)
- Home health workers and service providers (SR59)
- Feasibility of the proposed new soccer stadium (SR75)
- STD prevention and education (SR81)
- Core 40, career & technical education classes, AP classes (HEA1213)
- Whether father who abandons birth mother during pregnancy should be required to consent to adoption (SEA27)
- Involuntary commitment of persons with substance abuse disorders (SCR13)
- Cultural competency training as a requirement for licensure in healthcare profession (SR34)
- The obvious fact that facing adulthood is more challenging and even frightening to foster youth
- Every youth aging out too soon has an impact on social costs, for examples, compensating for youth earning low wages or receiving government assistance
- Resources and funds are available to foster care organizations, as there are less resources and funds available for adult organizations/programs
- Having policy that allows a transitional period with the option to return to foster care if independent living isn’t successful is feasible
- Having policy that ensures necessary skills needed in order for youth to succeed have been acquired is feasible