As Wake County’s Community Action Agency, we’re expected to focus on family self-sufficiency and youth development. Fortunately, we’ve been doing that all along so we’re just “gonna keep on keeping on.”
Our approach to family self-sufficiency is simple. We treat the family as a unit and don’t tackle one issue without considering others that may be directly or indirectly related. That means if we’re going to help kids with their homework, we’re going to provide their parents with opportunities to gain financial literacy. If we’re going to provide meals for families, we’re going to connect them to community gardens in their neighborhoods so they can grow and cook their own food. And if we’re going to provide housing for families, we’re going to help parents find jobs so they can eventually pay their rent and utilities.
It’s called addressing the whole issue, not just a piece of it.
We think our impact in 2014 speaks for itself:
If we want our world to change, we must empower and develop our children. They’re the best hope we have for lasting change! After all, today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why we place a large emphasis on the care, education and maturation of our youth. And we don’t just stop providing programs once they become teenagers. We see them all the way through their high school education (and hopefully to college if those aspirations are present).
To learn more about our youth development efforts, click to expand the list below:
To learn more about any of the programs listed above, contact Kristian Jones, Lead Youth Outreach Worker.