Family, Youth & Community Day January 28, 2017

The Family, Youth & Community Engagement department partnered with the beautiful facilities of Badger Rock Neighborhood Center.

Thanks to the MMSD community for their support in organizing and reaching out to families.

Our community volunteers arrived early to help set up the space for our families. Special thanks to the UW Visitor and Information Center staff who helped set up and made sure families were invited to visit the UW campus.
Youth volunteers from the Simpson Street Free Press, along with Badger Rock Middle School Principal Hong Tran, worked hard greeting families and making them feel welcome.
Pictured is Fasiola Handman, one of our fierce event organizers, and also a presenter who helped bring resources to our Latino community.
Right before the doors opened, everyone was ready at their resource stations!
As participants arrived for Community Day the volunteers welcomed them.
The day's program was provided to participants in English and Spanish.
The day started with pastries and coffee donated by Cargo Coffee.

There were many and varied resources available and helpful workshops for families

The Madison Public Library set up a station to help families get their library cards and get kids reading!
Children to were excited to choose books donated by the Madison Public Library!
Resources were available for families with special needs children, Second Harvest Food Bank for food and nutritional needs, the Rainbow Project and Literacy Network.
Our higher education partners -- Madison College, Edgewood College and UW -- filled their tables with resources to our families on how to access college, including pre-college and free tuition programs.
We shared great resources for our special education families and also held workshops.
This youth leader guided participants to a workshop session.
The leadership of our AAPLC was represented by Shakia Queen Turner who also presented a session along with Board of Education member Anna Moffit on advocacy for special education families.
MMSD currently has a number of families taking advantage of our dual language immersion programs. MMSD is committed to continue to provide this opportunity to our families.
Emily Peterson, one of our event organizers and leader on the work of professional development for our schools around family engagement, made sure the event ran smooth.
Former MMSD teacher and Director of Curriculum at Edgewood connecting to parents and sharing opportunities.
A Sennett Middle School student reads to her little sister and comforts her during the day.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County signed up parents to join their after-school opportunities.
It's never too early to plan for college. Middle school students asked questions of staff from the UW Madison School of Education
There were many opportunities for organizations led by women and people of color to share their resources and connect with our families.
Our youth volunteered and shared resources with adults.
Our staff also had an opportunity to connect with community resources.
One of our unsung heroes is Hassan Nafid, a fierce liaison for our Arabic speaking families and a facilitator on a workshop on the new report card.
Thanks to the MSCR staff who provided fun activities and engaged children so that parents could attend workshops.
Peng Her, Director of Resilient Cities, gave a tour of the facilities.
Madison College held a workshop on preparing for college.
This is Dr. Steve Steinfrom Northstar Counseling Services leading a workshop on anti-bullying.
This is a session on Restorative Justice facilitated by ??????????????????
This session was given Shiva Bidar on Key Resources for Immigrant Families
Photo of Chief of Secondary Schools Alex Fralin, left, with Badger Rock Middle School Principal Hong Tran.
Children and parents had an opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in the greenhouse.
Ananda Mirilli, FYCE staff member and coordinator of the event (left) along with her daughter who volunteered for the day.
Caliph from Breaking Barriers provided information to families on mentoring.
To the left is Ali Brooks from Sankofa, a counseling service for families of color, and Sankofa Behavior House which offers culturally relevant programming.
Here are two Arabic speaking fathers and also graduates of the Parent and School Partnership Program.
Megan Murphy from the Boys & Girls Club
This family was kind enough to share their thoughts and feedback about the opportunities that day with the Wisconsin State Journal.
Ananda Mirilli (right) with staff from Department of Public Instruction
Anthony Word was our main performer of the day and performed during lunch.
A great lunch was provided by El Pastor, a local restaurant owned by a Latino family. The woman with the teal shirt is Maixia, the Hmong DLI planner.
A day provided an opportunity to celebrate the participants of the Parent School Partnership over the summer with a cake and awarded certificates.
Anthony jammed during the lunch and everyone had a great time.
Staff from Centro Hispano, including Karly Meyers (pictured with staff) who coordinates the Juventud program and works at Wright Middle School.
Norma Guiagous, co-director of the Latino Academy sharing workforce resources.
Sonia Spencer (center) is the Family Liaison at Mendota Elementary School
Anthony Brown from the Urban League of Greater Madison spoke with members of the Simpson Street Free Press.
Jennifer Lord shared information about the MOST program
Nirella Davis, MSCR staff member at Lindbergh, facilitated a workshop on how parents can engage in their children's education when leading very busy lives.
Kalif (left) and Zee, an activitist, program manager and partner of Sankofa.
Anthony Word with Pedo Monk, an MMSD staff member and presenter on LGBTQ youth.
Nichelle Nichols, Executive Director of the MMSD Family, Youth and Community Engagement department welcomed guests.
BRS Radha interpreting for our Nepali families.
Gabbi Bell is an OMGE staff member and presented a workshop on dual language programming.
Dolores Kokinos presented a workshop on youth development.
Michael (green jacket) is a member of the AAPLC and an active parent at Crestwood Elementary.
Soran and Angela facilitated a session on financial literacy and how to avoid going into debt.
A youth session led by Anthony Ward, Pedo and Caliph.
Thanks to Hong Tran, Principal of Badger Rock Middle School, for all his help and making everyone feel part of the school community!

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