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ERIC Number: ED502277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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The Jacksonville Children's Commission. Complementary Learning in Action
Bouffard, Suzanne; Malone, Helen
Harvard Family Research Project
In February of 2007, 30 youth aged 13-18 assembled at the Jacksonville Children's Commission (JCC) to research and discuss issues in their communities and worldwide children's rights. With facilitation, the youth established key issues that they wanted to address with the adults in their lives, with more effective communication with parents and other adults at the top of the list to facilitate all other issues. One outcome of the meeting was a new effort to provide opportunities and education for youth to serve on community boards and commissions, in order to give them a voice in the issues affecting them. This evolving effort and the collaborative process behind it reflects JCC efforts to bring diverse community stakeholders together in order to respond to the needs of children, youth, and families across the city and across ages. This report describes how JCC aims for a coordinated system of care from birth through adolescence, and highlights successes and challenges of efforts to build collaboration at both service and policy levels to provide strategic, coordinated and specific recommendations to legislators for supporting child and family services and supports. As JCC moves forward, its leaders have found complementary learning to be a helpful framework as a vehicle to begin discussions to facilitate connections within and across departments and agencies. [The "Complementary Learning in Action" series documents the ways that diverse cities, counties, and states are employing complementary learning approaches to serve children across ages and across settings. It highlights key themes and emerging strategies to help build knowledge and inform others in the field.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
Identifiers - Location: Florida