Mark your calendars: World Children's Day is Nov. 20
Empowering Tomorrow: Your Impact Matters!
YLA Student Initiatives to be adopted by Government Departments!
Youth Leadership Academy Voices Have Powerful Impact!
Meet the incredible young ladies of Family Centre's Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) programme, who had the honour of attending the Throne Speech as the group leaders behind three transformative community projects. From left to right: Yeasmin Cummings, Khayla Pearman, Family Centre Community Team Leader Deneca Zuill, and Ahnyah Ming.
The students were invited by Mr. Marc Telemaque, Secretary to the Cabinet Office, after their powerful youth-led initiatives caught the attention of the Cabinet and Government Ministers. We extend our heartfelt thanks to The Government of Bermuda for listening to the voices of our young people, and we're excited to see how their projects continue to create broader community impact.
“The Government believes that young people invested in Bermuda’s future must be supported as their example will grow the community connectedness that meets the challenge of anti-social behaviour and a history that does not resonate beyond the generation that lived it.” - Her Excellency the Governor Ms. Rena Lalgie
At Family Centre, youth voices are respected and valued. Watch this year’s YLA Foundations Community Impact projects on YouTube:
Cup Match Tag Day: A Tribute to Martha Dismont
This year’s Cup Match Tag Day was dedicated in memory of Martha Dismont, Family Centre’s Founder and former Executive Director. Thanks to generous support from the community, this event exceeded its fundraising goal.
Special thanks to those donors who gave gifts in Martha's memory, enabling Family Centre to continue her legacy. Because of you, we can "continue the work," which was Martha's charge to us upon her retirement in 2020.
On November 22, 2023 we will mark our first annual Founder’s Day, celebrating Martha's birthday and honouring the impact of her life's work to nurture and strengthen children and families in Bermuda.
Your support helps us to continue the work Martha started.
World Children’s Day – An Urgent Appeal for Support
Family Centre will observe World Children’s Day the week of November 20 - 24, 2023, celebrating the treatise that protects the human rights of all children. This year's theme is "For every child, every right."
We urgently need your support to continue to protect and nurture our future.
Funding this year has been significantly reduced, presenting a risk to our ability to deliver our ‘Continuum of Care’ for vulnerable children, teens, and their families now and in the future.
We must raise $250,000 by the end of the year to ensure that we can continue our mission to facilitate healing, hope, and connection to strengthen children and families.
Our World Children’s Day Urgent Appeal will run throughout the month of November.
Every child needs protection from harm, unconditional support, and to have their basic needs met to grow into an emotionally healthy adult. This World Children’s Day, your investment in children and families will directly change lives and create a future filled with promise and possibility for those who need it most.
Please help us raise critical funds to maintain our vital therapeutic programmes and services. You will be making a real difference in a child's life.
Learn more about how your donation makes an impact in children's lives in Bermuda.
Co-Parenting & Blended Families is back for a Bonus Round!
Are you separated or divorced with children? Do you have a blended family or are you planning to become one?
Join us for our popular parenting workshop series on how to effectively co-parent. In this three week series, the Counselling team will guide discussions and address issues around separation, divorce and how to prepare for being a part of a blended family. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this Family Centre Community Workshop is offered FREE to participants.
Sign up now.
Sessions will take place Monday Nights, November 20 to December 4, 2022 from 6:00-7:00PM via Zoom.
Please share this flyer with a family you know that may benefit! Learn more
Beyond Programmes Kick off a Strong Academic Year!
As another school year is now fully underway, Family Centre's Community Team has been diligently delivering three programmes to public school youth: Beyond Rugby Bermuda, Beyond Yoga Bermuda and Youth Leadership Academy.
This year, our 'Beyond' programmes have been bolstered by support from Ariel Re, Aspen, Butterfield, Centennial Bermuda Foundation, March Limited, and One Communications. Each donation or sponsorship helps us sustain our programmes, and every volunteer hour makes a difference in a young person's life - thank you!
Family Centre Honoured with Awards
Family Centre was awarded a Dr. Eva Hodgson Racial Justice Award for the groundbreaking work on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Racial Trauma, through the Bermuda ACEs Study and Conferences.
Pictured (L-R) are Thania Redman, Family Centre Relationship Development Director and Dr. Stephanie Guthman, PhD, former Director of Specialized Training and Assessment at Family Centre and Co-Principal Investigator of the Bermuda Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (2018), attending CURB's inaugural awards dinner.
To learn more about ACEs, visit https://tfc.bm/aces
Family Centre is thrilled to be voted Best Family Support Service in The Bermudian 2023 Family Favourites Awards!
Pictured are our Community and Counselling Team Leaders, Deneca Zuill and Rishèe Paschal. Family Centre provides counselling services and wraparound support for families with children ages 4-18, plus community outreach programmes for students: Youth Leadership Academy, Beyond Rugby Bermuda, and Beyond Yoga Bermuda.
These services are offered at no cost to families, thanks to support from generous donors like you.
A Special Message from Fund Development
A huge thank you to our Donors for the critical funds you help us raise to sustain our therapeutic programmes and services. We still have a ways to go as we work our way through a challenging year of fundraising. If the issues facing children and families in Bermuda matter to you, please support Family Centre in our work to bring healing and hope to children and their families. Your support changes lives!
From our hearts to yours,
Thania, Sandy, and Hannah
Co-Parenting & Blended Families - Family Group Virtual Workshop Series
Mondays, November 20, 2023 to December 4, 2023
Parents, sign up now!
World Children's Day Global Celebration – Monday November 20, 2023
World Children’s Day Denim Day – Friday November 24, 2023
Giving Tuesday – Tuesday November 28, 2023
Thank you for helping us to facilitate healing, hope, and connection to strengthen families and create a healthier Bermuda for our children. Forward this email to your colleagues, family and friends!
Free Download: World Children's Day Lesson Plan
Are you a teacher or homeschooler? Check out this lesson plan from World's Largest Lesson & UNICEF that encourages children to become 'fact-ivists' and use information to make change. Students will create a data poster showing a Global Goal data fact that they care about. World Children’s Day is the perfect time for children to participate and become empowered to make positive changes in their own community. For children ages 8-14 years old.
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