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What We Do 2017-09-01T16:00:35+00:00

Health and Wellness

We partner with Central Richmond families to overcome trauma and other barriers to excellent health so that they may strengthen their ability to support their children, family and community toward healthy, successful development.

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DigiTech

Ensuring access to the Internet and the entire digital and technological spectrum of opportunities. Thereby, providing youth and families access to key resources that will offer them the power to engage and change the relevance and effectiveness of digital and technological resources and tools.

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Community Engagement and Advocacy Team (CEAT)

We do this by supporting leadership skill development among families and adult residents, developing and implementing advocacy strategies that are informed by residents and, engaging residents and organizations in the translation of programmatic work into policy recommendations and creating opportunities for residents to become civically engaged.

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Early Childhood Learning and Development (ECLD)

Our efforts focus specifically on ensuring the well-being of parents and supporting parents to determine long term success for their children. We do this by offering nurturing environments and providing skills-based training that develops the parenting and leadership capacity of parents/primary caregivers. Our ultimate aim is that Central Richmond parents/primary caregivers effect positive changes in home, schools and neighborhoods.

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Evaluation of Impact

As evidenced by our ongoing work, BBK’s overall evaluation approach is well-integrated into all of our activities. BBK’s Evaluation Team works actively with all staff to ensure residents feel supported and engaged throughout the entirety of their relationship with BBK, from point of entry (registration) to evaluation. Central to this support is an ongoing investment in maintaining an accessible environment from interpretation and translation to competent and consistent developmental child care.

Some specific improvements in our evaluation practice which will be maintained moving forward include streamlining the way information is both collected and presented back to the community, the latter of which creates a feedback loop with community members. For example, at each recurring convening held with participants, such as Parent Power, a paper survey is disseminated to gauge resident satisfaction, opinions and knowledge change. BBK then returns the survey results to the group next time for their discussion and questions, experimenting with various methods of data presentation. This has been favorably received. By asking residents for information then making a commitment to sharing it with them at the following gathering, BBK has been able to maintain momentum established as well as create a climate of trust that information collected will be used in a transparent and effective way. Moving forward, evaluation practices that encourage participation and transparency will continue to be central.