“Changing the way people talk can change the way they relate to each other and their problems – and that can eventually change the community.”

– David Mathews

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Minding Our Future Forums in Jefferson and Elmore Counties

On November 15 and 18, the Mathews Center moderated two engaging forums using the new Minding Our Future issue book. The Birmingham Council of PTAs convened the forum on November 15, and the Elmore County Board of Education convened the forum on November 18. Throughout both discussions, citizens shared perspectives, weighed options, and identified common ground. Many similar themes emerged at the two forums. During the Birmingham forum, parents and educators discussed the importance of supporting young parents through education. Also, forum attendees stated that public meetings focused on children and families need to be more inviting. In other words,…