United for Brownsville is excited to tell our friends in Brooklyn and beyond that we are now up and running with the Family Advisory Board (FAB). In fact, this news is a little late, since the first monthly FAB meeting convened on May 24, 2018 at SCO’s Morris Koppelman Center.
That first meeting followed months talking to Brownsville residents on the street or at community centers, schools, daycare centers, shelters, and wherever else we could get an invitation. It also followed a lengthy application process that included family-style dinners, information sessions, and group interviews.
UB’s backbone staff–Kassa Belay, Dionne Grayman, David Harrington, and Nysheva-Starr–are enthused to be working with such a talented, passionate, and committed group of mothers, fathers, and grandparents. These local leaders are working together and with the Provider Action Team (PAT) to transform the early childhood landscape in their community.
The FAB represents a true cross-section of Brownsville, including the diversity of life experiences one can find here. That diversity will be the FAB’s strength. No one is better-positioned to lead our efforts to improve the experience of parenting and serving infants and toddlers in this community than those who have lived those experiences themselves.