The Borough Based Councils (BBC) are monthly meetings for family members, youth and family service providers across all service systems to share information and resources, to identify local solutions to service delivery issues, be a place for family members and youth to bring their thoughts and concerns about child, youth and family services to the table, and to identify gaps in service and cross-systems issues that require problem-solving at the city or state level.
The CCSI YAC is a space created FOR YOUTH, BY YOUTH for those aged 16 to 30 with a variety of lived experience in systems: behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and others. We exist so that we can give feedback and critiques to systems, announce what isn’t working, and to solve problems collectively. The YAC collaborates with city and state leaders and community supporters to improve the life and situations faced by youth in mental and emotional health systems.
The Community Leadership Course (CLC) is a 10-week course for adults offered every Fall. Participants spend one day a week immersed in different children’s issues and learn about effective child advocacy campaigns. Upon completion, participants often join CCC’s Advocacy Council for additional civic engagement opportunities.
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Education Councils are part of New York City’s school governance structure. There is a Community Education Council (CEC) for every community school district. There are also four Citywide Councils.
Families On The Move of New York City, Inc. (FOTM) is a citywide family-run organization that advocates for the rights and full participation to all children and families who have experienced or are experiencing learning, behavioral, emotional, mental wellness, and/or substance use challenges with the goal to promote health and wellness across the Health and Behavioral Health Systems. FOTM serves families in all five boroughs.
Families Together in New York State is a family-run organization that represents families of children with social, emotional, behavioral and cross-systems challenges. Families Together supports families from across the state whose children have been involved in many systems including mental health, substance abuse, special education, juvenile justice, and foster care.
Community boards play an important role in improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers, but many people don’t know a lot about them or how they operate. We urge you to browse their page to discover how your community board can help you, and how you may be able to help your community board.