“Our voices matter”: A students’ reflection from the 2018 Civil Rights Pilgrimage

As part of our youth leadership blog series, Best Starts is bringing you a reflection from Isaac Sotelo–a Kentwood High School senior and student leader with our partner Institute for Community Leadership. Isaac marched alongside civil rights leaders and members of Congress at the 2018 Faith and Politics Institute Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Isaac met with organizers who directly participated in major events that helped create the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as they visited historic sites from the Civil Rights Movement. In his own words, Isaac inspires us with what he learned.

How Communities of Opportunity is measuring outcomes collaboratively—and why that matters.

Communities of Opportunity (COO) has launched a rigorous, participatory evaluation to assess outcomes toward strengthening community connections and achieving equity in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. We caught up with members of COO’s evaluation team, Valerie Tran from BDS Planning & Urban Design and Dr. Kim Tippens, Social Research Scientist from Public…

Open Funding Opportunity: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Due April 12

The request for proposals to fund Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups is now open! In partnership with Child Care Resources, this funding opportunity is one of three Community-Based Parenting and Peer Supports RFPs that Best Starts is releasing to partner with community-based organizations to promote positive and healthy outcomes for young children and to support parents and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers. Applications are due April 10th.

Our youth are speaking, and we need to listen

In the aftermath of such tragic loss in Parkland last week, we are witnessing our youth teach us how to be leaders—we need to watch and learn.  We are witnessing our youth organize—we need to join them. We are witnessing our youth raise their voices to be heard over the politics of adults—we need to amplify it.

Save the Date! Upcoming Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Funding Opportunity

Save the Date! The Best Starts Kaleidoscope Play & Learn RFP will open next Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Is this funding opportunity the right fit for you? A nationally recognized program, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are weekly 90+ minute play groups for young children, parents and other caregivers including family, friends and neighbors. Read on to learn more about Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups.