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– David Mathews

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Clay County Minding Our Future Forum

On August 18th, David Mathews Center staff visited Ashland, Alabama to moderate a forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers. The forum was convened by Debra Ward, a Regional Agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Tina Nolen of the Ashland City Library. The group began the evening by sharing personal experiences and concerns with the group. Participants discussed Ashland’s strengths, including close social bonds and generous faith communities. Also addressed were immediate needs of Ashland children and their families, including transportation and education on healthy communication and interaction with young children. Using DMC’s Minding Our…

 

Civic Leadership Day at MHS

On Saturday, August 15th, Mathews Center staff facilitated a kick off event for the Montevallo High School (MHS) Leadership Group. The Mathews Center has been working with the MHS Leadership Group since it began in August 2014, when students first gathered to name and frame, deliberate, and address issues at MHS. The group has grown to nearly fifty students from grades 9th – 12th who are considered school leaders in academics, athletics, arts and other student activities. Students spent the morning mapping MHS assets, celebrating their successes from the 2014 – 2015 school year, and participating in team-building activities on the…

 

Clarke County Minding Our Future Forum

On July 29th, David Mathews Center staff visited Grove Hill, Alabama to moderate a forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers. The forum was convened by Margaret Odom, Regional Agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Southwest Alabama. Using DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide, forum participants deliberated through three approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers in Clarke County. The group discussed difficulties involved in reaching families with information about services and events. Participants discussed opportunities for strengthening inter-agency communication networks in an effort to streamline awareness-building in the broader community. Group members also shared…

 

CTF Minding Our Future Presentation

On August 3, DMC Executive Director Cristin Foster presented on the Mathews Center’s Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers forum series at the Children’s Trust Fund ‘Heroes’ Grantee Training in Birmingham, AL. Approximately fifty conference attendees gathered to learn more about Minding Our Future, the Mathews Center’s Alabama Issues Forums (AIF) 2014 – 2015 statewide forum series on investing in healthy infants and toddlers. The presentation introduced attendees to the work of the Mathews Center, Alabama Issues Forums, and the Minding Our Future forum series. A copy of the presentation is available in the link below. CTF…

 

Randolph County Minding Our Future Forum

On July 28th, David Mathews Center staff traveled to Roanoake, Alabama to moderate a Minding Our Future forum. The forum was convened by Marian Royston and Joy Porter, with support from Cotina Terry, Executive Director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority. Marian and Joy are, respectively, a former and current fellow of Auburn University’s Living Democracy Initiative. Using DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide, forum participants deliberated through three approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers in Randolph County. Participants discussed challenges related to engaging parents, guardians, and community members on the issue. The group identified multiple barriers…

 

Jackson County Minding Our Future Forum

David Mathews Center staff visited Scottsboro, Alabama, on Thursday, July 23, to moderate a forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers. The forum was convened by Shannon Kish, Regional Extension Agent in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Forum participants included early childhood service providers from the Jackson County area. During the forum, common themes emerged around the importance of service providers partnering with doctors and county health departments, extended early intervention services, parental skill-building, and increased public awareness of issues surrounding early childhood development. Throughout the discussion, service providers were adamant that they must connect to doctors,…