Generations Forward Family Council
2021 Community Building Award Recipient
Generations Forward Family Council’s vision is to create a community where every family can truly thrive. They feel that their goal will be reached when families of color are welcomed and supported, tribal sovereignty is respected and protected, single parents and non-traditional families have the resources they need, and all children have safe housing, appropriate childcare, healthcare, and accessible education. They have focused on presenting platforms and forums to connect community members and allow them to have their voices heard.
The Family Council is comprised of champions. Each family champion does their own distinct work within the organization connected to their personal passions. Champions may create family support networks, facilitate family councils, lead anti-racist community calls, and offer community gatherings and resource sharing opportunities.
Additionally, some family council champions also serve as subject matter experts, act as points of contact for working with government organizations, and/or serve on the Child and Wellbeing Task Force. They also unite the community through “Community Spotlight”, short podcasts that interview a member of the community to share quick and useful information for Whatcom County parents of young children, ages 0-7.
Using a program called “Unhappy Hour”, former family champion, now alumni member, Monica Kohler, has gathered family council members to voice their opinions on issues such as childcare. These Unhappy Hour sessions are recorded and shared in an opportunity to reach people in an authentic way.
To watch the 24th Annual Ken Gass Community Building Awards in which Generations Forward Family Council is recognized, click here.