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2018 Tribe Stories

Hear from Nonprofits Creating Change in SWFL

School-Based Dental Sealant Program

The school-based program will provide dental screening, oral health education, preventative services of sealants and topical fluoride among children from low-income families and reduce racial and income disparities in sealant prevalence among elementary school children.

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Family Initiative – “Autism Navigator”

The “Autism Navigator” will provide guidance to families who are attempting to understand programs and resources offered by the school system, insurance benefits and coverage, government support, therapeutic providers, medical professionals with specializations to assist their children, childcare and respite, as well as any other Autism Spectrum Disorder opportunities in the community.

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Avow Hospice – Avow LGBT

This grant from the LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida is to promote equality for LGBT community members by building on Avow ‘s current education and outreach programs through the development of a year-long community education program designed to meet the specific needs of the LGBT community in Southwest Florida. The audience includes eldercare service providers, friends, family, caregivers, and the public at large. Avow will work with local and national support organizations such as GSN, PFLAG and SAGE to determine priorities for our program. Avow Hospice aims to raise awareness and educate our audience about issues facing LGBT community members in, or in need of, eldercare or senior housing.

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Science Summer Camp for Girls – Assessing Environmental Change in Southwest Florida

This STEM program for high school girls will provide authentic summer research opportunities at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). throught a daytime program that will run for 10 days over the summer of 2018. Twenty high school girls (incoming 10th and 11th grade students) will be accepted and the program will focus on local climate change issues, in particular sea-level rise and hurricane impacts.

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Glades Education Foundation AVID About Success

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) About Success program brings research-based instructional methods to Glades County schools to improve student achievement through the use of organizational strategies, Socratic tutoring sessions, mentoring, and college/post-secondary education preparation. AVID is a comprehensive system for instructing teachers at all grade levels how to inspire their students to be leaders and achievers, as well as collaborate with others.

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Stopping the Cycle of Opioid Use in Families

With help from SWFCF grant, Valerie’s House will begin a program specifically targeted at children and their caregivers whose family member has died from opioids abuse.

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Women’s Foundation of Southwest florida

The Matched Savings for Education Program (MSEP) helps low-to moderate income students achieve their college graduation goals and do so with little or no debt. MSEP works by combining student savings with scholarships, financial literacy, and success coaching. The program breaks down barriers to accessing post-secondary education and helps individuals and families escape the cycle of poverty and improve their earning potential.

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Legal Rescue and Empowerment Project

The Immigration Legal Rescue and Empowerment initiative will provide legal services to at-risk immigrant families through an initiative delivered by an experienced immigration law nonprofit. This initiative consists of three key strategic components: (1) the formation of a regional “Hub” for immigration law training and consultation; (2) an outreach campaign of “Know Your Rights” clinics to bring critical, time sensitive information to immigrants while also providing emergency planning family legal services; and (3) encouraging and enabling other SWFL nonprofits to become certified providers of immigration services.

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Alliance for the Arts – 2017 Dunbar Theatre Project

The Alliance for the Arts project will spearhead conversations on equity and access to the arts in African-American communities, beginning with Dunbar. The goal is to expand inclusion in the arts to populations who have been traditionally underserved, helping provide a space for self expression and enhance the quality of life in all communities.

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Gulf Coast Partnership – The Academy

The goal of this project is to  provide basic support, student enrichment, and increase parent/family engagement at The Academy high school in Port Charlotte, where alternative education is provided for to at-risk teens. In addition, they provide services for teen parents and teens that have previously dropped out of school.

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Animal Bite Prevention Program

The “Learn what’s right, avoid the bite” campaign is a bite and scratch prevention program for the community in conjunction with the Lee County School District, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County and Lee Health. The project will provide education to reduce bites and scratches from dogs and cats.  In addition, Lee County Domestic Animal Services will disseminate information on how to reduce the risk of your dog roaming at large and how to prevent bites and scratches from stray, unowned cats.

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Please check back here each week for a new story from one of our 2018 Nonprofit Grantee Tribe members creating change in Southwest Florida.